BY the time of the Battle of Britain, Leslie Cramp was already into his 30s
Today (Friday), the Solihull resident will be celebrating his 103rd birthday with family and friends.
He has lived in the borough over half his life and was still living in his own home, in Shirley, when he reached 100.
Leslie moved into St Michael’s Care Home, on the Warwick Road, a couple of years ago - but his family insist he is as sharp as ever.
Daughter Diane, who lives in Sussex, said: “Although he used to have carers, he was still living on his own when he turned 100.
“He doesn’t get out much now, but he’s still very bright and has always had a good sense of humour.”
Born in Aston, the pensioner worked all his life at the Fort Dunlop tyre factory, starting as a 14-year-old.
Because he’d lost his trigger finger in an industrial accident, he spent the war at Dunlop - which was making aircraft tyres.
Leslie remained at the factory until 60 and by the time he took retirement he was a section manager.
“The strange thing is that he’s now been retired for almost as long as he was at work,” said Diane.
Leslie has two daughters, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and many of his relatives will be joining him for a party at St Michael’s.