Woman who made ammunition during WW2 celebrates 100th birthday

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday. Pic

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

A woman who helped to make ammunition at a chocolate factory during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

King George V was on the throne in 1922 when Doris Kersey was born - and on Wednesday (March 2) she received a birthday card from his granddaughter, the Queen, to mark her special day.

She also enjoyed a tea party with staff at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, where she has lived for the last four years.

Doris Kersey celebrating her 100th birthday at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead with staff member

Doris Kersey celebrating her 100th birthday at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead with staff members Dee Hammond, carer and kitchen staff, Alison Lawrence, home manager, Tracey Fuller, admin, Sharon Kirk, wellbeing lead, Richard Kill, maintenance, and Sam Finch, chef. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Earlier in the day, she had her hair done at the nursing home's salon.

Ms Kersey was born in Norwich in March 1922 and went to the Dowson School on MIle Cross. The school had opened when she was four-years-old and closed in 2008.

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday. Pic

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

She had one sister and three brothers, one of whom served in the armed forces during the Second World War and died in Egypt.

At the age of 14, Ms Kersey left school to work at a laundrette. When the war broke out, she made ammunition at Caley's chocolate factory at Chapelfield.

Most Read

After the war, she worked at Edwards and Holmes shoe factory on Drayton Road and later helped her brother who was a caretaker at Cozens and Hardy on Opie Street before getting a job in a grocery shop on St Stephen's Street.

She married Harold Kersey at St Catherine's Church on Aylsham Road and they were together until he died 48 years later.

Sam Finch, chef, bring out resident Doris Kersey's 100th birthday cake at Mill House Nursing Home in

Sam Finch, chef, bring out resident Doris Kersey's 100th birthday cake at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

They lived first in a cottage on King Street, then moved to Sandringham Road for 18 years, before finally settling down on Mile Cross Lane in Old Catton, where she enjoyed knitting and spending time in the garden.

She moved to Mill House Nursing Home in 2018.

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday with

Doris Kersey, a resident at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead, celebrating her 100th birthday with some flowers from Alison Lawrence (home manager). Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Alison Lawrence, the home's manager, said: "Doris has been a resident at Mill House since January 2018 and has throughout her life seen many changes, least of all the recent pandemic and surviving Covid, still remaining strong, relatively independent and steadfast in her attitude to life."

Sharon Kirk, wellbeing lead at the nursing home, said: "Doris is amazing. She cuts a fine figure walking along the corridor. She's so sprightly.

"She is also quite a house-proud lady. Her room is immaculate," Ms Kirk added.

Doris Kersey's 100th birthday celebrations at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle

Doris Kersey's 100th birthday celebrations at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Doris Kersey's 100th birthday celebrations at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle

Doris Kersey's 100th birthday celebrations at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Doris Kersey'a 100th birhday cake which was made by the chef at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead.

Doris Kersey'a 100th birhday cake which was made by the chef at Mill House Nursing Home in Horstead. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden