Ex-RAF serviceman celebrates 102nd birthday


A former RAF serviceman recently celebrated his 102nd birthday at Beccles residential care home, The White House. Philip Chatterley, who lives at care home on Ashmans Road in the town marked the milestone with a special tea party, which included a visit and talk from the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.


Born in 1915, Philip was formerly employed by the RAF, where he trained people to undertake radio repairs and held a rank equivalent to a flight sergeant. After leaving the RAF he became an optician, but continued to enjoy his passion for all things mechanical, by restoring cars and tractors and working on traction engines in his spare time. His pride and joy was a Rolls Royce and pictures of this beautiful vehicle still adorn the walls of Philip’s room.


Originally from Chester, Philip is a gifted mathematician and engineer who greatly enjoys listening to classical music, reading the daily news and receiving regular visits from his daughters, Joan and Margaret.  He has lived at The White House since 2005.


Julie Knights, Manager at The White House said, “It’s been marvellous celebrating Philip’s 102nd birthday.  He really is a delightful character who has never lost his love for all things engineering and mechanical.  As such, we were delighted to welcome visitors from the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum to visit The White House and share in Philip’s celebrations.”


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