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Dilys Armistice Fox working as a nanny

Dilys Armistice Fox working as a nanny

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Dilys Armistice Fox with some of her birthday cards

Dilys Armistice Fox with some of her birthday cards

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Dilys Armistice Fox working as a nanny

A woman whose middle name is Armistice is celebrating her 100th birthday on the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Hundreds of well-wishers have sent cards to Dilys Armistice Fox at the request of staff at her Salvation Army care home in West Sussex, who feared her birthday would go unmarked because she only has two elderly relatives.

Mrs Fox, who grew up in Wales before moving to London, is overwhelmed by the response. She said: "I didn't expect any of this."

She said of her middle name: "I didn't take much notice of it, to tell you the truth, until a few years ago when it dawned on me. It's just a name to me."

Mrs Fox was a children's nanny, while her husband Henry was head gardener at Windsor Great Park estate.

Recalling going to church along with the Queen, she said: "I used to see her go past the house and you would bow your head in acknowledgement."

The local community plans to mark Mrs Fox's birthday tomorrow by diverting its remembrance parade to the care home to sing Happy Birthday to her.

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