I decided I would be a nurse at a very young age. My brother was killed in the [Second World] war, and my father was badly wounded at the Battle of the Somme. My husband Selwyn, worked on the Arctic convoys during the Second World War, making the crossing eight times.
After the war, I became a midwife, working at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital when it was based in Goldhawk Road, Hammersmith.
I first sold poppies in 1921 when I was just six years old, on Twickenham Bridge with my mother. I will go on as long as I can. I’ll be 101 in January. I do it because I’m able to do it. Someone has got to do it, why not me? I’m perfectly capable as long as I can sit.