Troops give Charlie a birthday surprise

Charlie Hyde with Staff Seargent Gav Bloomfield, Staff Seargent Lee Bramwell, Seargent Andrew Maloney, and Seargent Eric Hay. EMN-150903-144610001
Charlie Hyde with Staff Seargent Gav Bloomfield, Staff Seargent Lee Bramwell, Seargent Andrew Maloney, and Seargent Eric Hay. EMN-150903-144610001
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War veteran Charlie Hyde got a special surprise on his 91st birthday from the soldiers at Kendrew Barracks.

Members of the 7 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps based at the Cottesmore barracks made a surprise visit to Charlie’s home in Langham on Monday, to wish him happy returns on his special day.

I couldn’t believe it when these four strapping fellows turned up at the door, it was such a surprise.

Mavis Hyde

Army veteran Charlie, 91, who suffers from bone cancer and is bed bound at his home in Lowther Close, got a big shock when four members of the regiment stopped by.

The surprise, organised by a neighbour who got in touch with the barracks, took place while Charlie and his wife Mavis, 80, were having a small celebration at home.

Staff Sergeant Gav Bloomfield, Staff Sergeant Lee Bramwell, Sergeant Andrew Maloney and Sergeant Eric Hay delivered a specially-made birthday cake to Charlie.

And the troops also presented Charlie with a picture frame containing the 7 Regiment RLC emblem, which they even helped to hang on the wall in pride of place for Charlie to enjoy.

The couple, who had no idea about the surprise visit, were absolutely delighted.

Mavis said: “I couldn’t believe it when these four strapping fellows turned up at the door, it was such a surprise. I stood there with my mouth wide open in shock!

“Charlie was thrilled to bits, it was such a wonderful occasion and they spent over half an hour talking to Charlie about his army days.”

Charlie, who has lived in Langham with Mavis for almost 60 years, served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War and was in Normandy six days after the Normandy Landings.

He said that it was a wonderful surprise and “made his day”.

Before the troops said goodbye, they sang Charlie happy birthday followed by three loud cheers, and left him some candles to use later on for when he blew out his candles on his cake, which bore the Royal Army Ordnance Corps badge.

Along with the special visit from the 7 Regiment, Charlie’s close family and friends turned up on the day to celebrate the occasion, including his sister and two brothers, and his four children, Elaine, Stewart, Karen and Tracy.