Former Wren is 100

Nancy Algie with her three- month-old great-granddaughter, Coralie
Nancy Algie with her three- month-old great-granddaughter, Coralie
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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

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A woman who served as a Wren during the Second World War will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday.

Nancy Irene Algie was born on August 11, 1912, in the village of Hartley Wintney in North Hampshire, before she moved to the Havant area.

One day, while at the hairdresser, her friend encouraged her to go to a dance with her because there was a man there she liked called Malcolm. She hoped Nancy would get along with his friend.

But when they arrived, Nancy soon fell for Malcolm – and him for her. Thankfully, her friend held no grudges, and the couple were married on November 11, 1939, just after the outbreak of the Second World War.

They were married for 63 years before Malcolm sadly passed away nine years ago.

Throughout the war, Nancy worked for the Wrens – the Women’s Royal Navy Service – while her husband was away in the Royal Navy.

Nancy and Malcolm went on to adopt two children, Roderick and Jacqueline.

During the 1950s, Nancy visited Malcolm with the children while he was stationed for two years on the island of Malta.

And it was while there that she fell pregnant at the age of 43 with their second daughter, Madeleine.

In the early 1960s, the family moved to the Fareham area, where Nancy still lives at home on her own today.

Nancy has four grandchildren Samantha, Luke, Sophie and Joe, plus six great-grandchildren Jasmine, Micha, Shannon, Django, Solana and three-month-old Coralie, who was born in April this year.

To celebrate her landmark birthday, Nancy and all her family will be attending a service at St John’s Church, Fareham, on Sunday.

There will be cake, a finger buffet and lots of bubbly to mark the occasion.

On her actual birthday, Nancy will also be looking forward to receiving her telegram which should be arriving from the Queen to congratulate her on her 100 years.