A highly decorated Grenadier Guard from Louth recently celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by fellow guards, family and friends.
Arthur Edward Maurice Crow ‘Ted’ resides at Stewton House Care Home and he was recently bestowed one of the most decorated honours in France, the Legion D’Honneur, presented to him by the French Government - an honour that Ted said he is ‘immensely proud to receive.’
Ted was born in Lincoln in 1915 and left school at just 14 and swiftly joined the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards in 1935. His first guard duties were at Buckingham Palace where Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret used to try and make him laugh.
He was stationed in Egypt in 1936 and was demobbed after the war on March 2, 1946 having served for 10 years 327 days, ending as a Lance Corporal.
He met his wife Sylvia at a Marks and Spencer’s Christmas Party when he was on leave in 1938 and they started courting the following year and married in June 1941.
After the war he became a chauffeur in South Carlton in 1953 and after ended up in Louth working for Mr and Mrs Dixon at Abby House until he retired at 65. Sylvia died in 1997 and he lived on his own until he was 98 when he moved to Stewton House.