Largs war veteran Jack Ransom celebrates his 100th birthday
Posted on 15 Apr 2020
His 100th birthday bash was unfortunately cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, but that won’t stop Largs resident Jack Ransom from having fun as he’ll spend the day celebrating at home with his wife, Maddie.
A historic milestone for a man who has led an incredible life, Jack is one of the last surviving war veterans who survived being a Prisoner of War in the infamous Burmese Railway during World War II.
Born originally in Peckham on 15 April, 1920, he spent his youth in Deptford and Greenwich and during the war, he was captured by the Japanese at Singapore.
Post-war life wasn’t easy as after marrying, Jack became a widower twice however has since found love in Largs with his 89-year-old wife Maddie.
At the age of 90, Jack learned how to master the computer to write his own story of his life and has been using social media to stay connected during these challenging times.
Jack said: “I am disappointed the party can’t go ahead but I feel very blessed to still share the day with my wonderful wife of 10 years, Maddie.
“I have received lots of lovely well-wishes and cards from my family and friends including a wonderful birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen which was very exciting to open.”
Once the pandemic comes to an end, Jack is looking forward to getting together with everyone to celebrate his belated birthday when he plans to wear his favourite pair of tartan uniform trousers and his trademark legion jacket.
Jack is applying the same positivity, can-do attitude and will to survive to overcome the challenges and isolation of Covid-19.
When asked of his secret to a long life, he said: “My wife Maddie definitely keeps me on the straight and narrow.
“I don’t smoke or drink and I make sure to take my vitamins every day, but really I think the secret to a long life is to make sure you keep cheerful and always try to show determination to overcome the challenges life can throw at you.
“I have previously been a Prisoner of War and I didn’t know how I would survive but you have to keep on going and stay positive even in the most difficult of times.”
Originally, a guest list of 80 family and friends had planned to join Jack for his birthday party, including MP Patricia Gibson who had intended to present him with an Early Day Motion in recognition of his remarkable life and service to his county.
Provost Ian Clarkson had also planned to celebrate with Jack and has already telephoned him today to send his special wishes.
He said: “Jack is a fantastic character and much-loved member of the Largs community. I was really looking forward to attending the party and although Jack’s birthday celebrations have been slightly de-railed this year, I know he will make the most of his special day, celebrating at home with Maddie.
“Happy 100th birthday Jack. You are a marvellous man who has led a truly astonishing life and although I’m disappointed I couldn’t share your special day with you, I very much look forward to celebrating with you in the future.”