Former RAF stenographer celebrates 100th birthday

Former RAF stenographer celebrates 100th birthday

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 10:09am 27th September 2019.

Audrey Rockingham was treated to a special tea party at Dorchester's Maiden Castle House care home where she is a resident.

Staff, friends and family helped Audrey celebrate the milestone with party games, music and a buffet.

Here's Audrey with her card from the Queen:

Audrey Rockingham
Audrey Rockingham shows off her 100th birthday card from the Queen as she celebrates with her son and daughter-in-law at Maiden Castle House 

And here's Audrey's heart-warming life story:

  • Audrey is the youngest of three daughters and grew up in Southampton. Her father was in the Royal Navy and survived the battle of Jutland, before being awarded a number of medals for his bravery. 
  • Audrey had hoped to become a teacher, but had to look after her parents during her teenage years due to them both being profoundly deaf and also cared for one of her sister's children. 
  • Despite that, Audrey earned a scholarship to secretarial college that led to a job in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Stenographer. 
  • While serving in the RAF, Audrey met the love of her life and future husband, Flight Lieutenant David William Rockingham. The couple married in 1944 and had two children: Anna and David.
  • After leaving the RAF, Audrey became a bookkeeper and secretary.

Wessex FM wishes Audrey a very happy 100th birthday!