West Moors resident Richard Earnshaw has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Richard, who was born during the First World War, was joined by East Dorset District Council Chairman Cllr Steven Lugg along with close family and friends for his birthday celebrations at the St Leonards Hotel. Richard’s grandson Simon said that his grandfather was “particularly honoured” to receive a visit from the Chairman.
Cllr Lugg said: “It was an honour to be part of this special day for Richard, his extended family, and friends. I was privileged to meet an amazing gentleman, but also to meet such a lovely family.”
Richard Earnshaw was born on 7 June 1915 in London. His early memories include witnessing the celebrations at the end of the First World War, and a typical 1920s school life at Hornsey County Grammar School.
Throughout the 1930s Richard developed a passion for exploring the English countryside, particularly in his homemade canoe. It was in this period where his love for Dorset initially began.
During the Second World War, Richard served in India, serving as a Captain in the Royal Indian Artillery. After the war, Richard resumed his career working as an administrator for the newly formed National Health Service.
Richard married his wife Katherine in 1942 and they raised three children, Jan, Christopher and Sue, in Harrow, Middlesex. Shortly after retirement they moved to West Moors, which gave Richard the opportunity to pursue his talent and love of art. For many years, Richard was active in the West Moors Art Society, initially acting as the Secretary and he still serves as Life President. Throughout his retirement, he spent many happy hours photographing and painting Dorset’s beautiful countryside and waterways.
Richard is a published author, My War – A Personal Recollection was published in 1999. He has also had articles published in local magazines. Richard continues to write for family and friends, self-publishing articles and short stories for their enjoyment.