100 up for a truly great grandfather from Rugby

'I call everyone my friends': Eric Pool with family members
'I call everyone my friends': Eric Pool with family members

A great grandfather has celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and family in Rugby.

Eric Pool was born in Crofton Park, London, on August 20 1914.

He met his wife Barbara when he was a Scout Master in London in 1935.

He said: “The first time we saw each other was at a concert when I was a Scout Master. That’s when we started talking and getting to know each other. She was beautiful.”

The coupled married in 1940.

Mr Pool, of Stacey Court, Rugby, has a son Gerry, daughter in law Mary and three grandchildren, Sasha, Kelly and Tim.

He also has three great grandchildren, Amelie, Alex and Olivia.

Mr Pool was part of the London Rifle Brigade and was called up in 1939.

He sailed to the Middle East and was part of the battle of El Alamein.

He said: “It was an amazing experience and we saw all sorts of things. We travelled all over.”

Years later Mr Pool became an insurance broker at Lloyds Bank in London, and then moved to Rugby in 1980.

Mr Pool leads an independent life and enjoys collecting matchbox stickers.

He said: “I have around 6,000 stickers from every country in the world.

“Whenever someone goes abroad I ask them to bring me a matchbox back.

“It’s something I enjoy and find quite interesting.”

Mr Pool celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at the Community Room at Stacey Court.

He said: “My advice to others is to keep smiling and be friends with everybody.

“I call everyone my friends, I don’t care what they do in life, being friends means being happy.

“You’ve got to look on the bright side and make the most of things.”

Mr Pool’s friends and family put together a DVD of his life which they played at his birthday party last Friday.

He received a card from the Queen and enjoyed a specially made ‘100’ cake.