British Army veteran, 103, who fought in WWII, has been selling poppies for 70 years now and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon
The elderly veteran used to serve in the service corps during WWII and was later the branch chairman and the club chairman for the Leighton Buzzard Royal British Legion.
Walter "Wally" Randall, a 103-year-old WWII veteran is reportedly the oldest poppy seller in Britain. Randall fought in Egypt during the war and has sold poppies for the Royal British Legion for about 70 years now. He started volunteering with the established charity in the early 1950s in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and is said to return to go back to Wilkos in his town to continue the fundraising efforts in November. The veteran celebrated his birthday just last month.
He told the Daily Mail in an interview: "I like to do my little bit to help the heroes, like those on the Invictus Games. I'm going to get a poppy appeal box and then my granddaughter Emma will run me down and drop me outside the shop."
For #FreemasonFriday, we want to highlight the work of @pglbedfordshire #Freemason Walter 'Wally' Randall, Britain's oldest poppy-seller aged 102! Read more about his incredible life in his interview with @thethamegazette 📰 → https://t.co/ZO7MSVPF9G pic.twitter.com/6gu4SlSiZb— UGLE – Grand Lodge (@UGLE_GrandLodge) November 17, 2017
Randall continued: "They let me sit inside and they usually keep me supplied with drinks if I ever want a cup of tea - it's very good there. I enjoy doing it because old friends come up and it's amazing how generous people are. They come and put money in the box and say 'I have already got a poppy'. I am looking forward to it, I do enjoy it and people are so generous."
The elderly veteran used to serve in the service corps during WWII and was later the branch chairman and the club chairman for the Leighton Buzzard Royal British Legion. He first hit the front page of newspapers in 2016 when, at the age of 91, he held the title for Britain's oldest poppy seller. The former soldier has received multiple lifetime certificates for the services he has rendered to the local branch and the proud centenarian shows no sign of stopping.
He said that the reason he is in top form at his age is that he is a "teetotaller". Randall said: "I don't drink or smoke - It's rather dull." Speaking to the Daily Mail previously, he said: "I'm going to keep on selling poppies while I've still got the energy to do it. I don't know whether I'm the oldest poppy seller or not. It all came about when someone put me on Facebook and said, 'no, here's the oldest one'."
The 103-year-old war veteran was born in Wing, Buckinghamshire, where he lived with his father, David Randall. David was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery in WWI and died on November 10, 1918 - just one day before the war ended. Randall's family then moved to Leighton Buzzard to live with his grandparents. Randall spoke of his war record and said: "In 1942 I was kitted out to go to the Far East but then Singapore fell to the Japanese. I was then sent to North Africa and the Nazis drove us back into Egypt. I befriended an old World War One veteran while we were in Cairo and on our two days off we visited Alexandria and climbed the pyramids."
The poppy appeal was launched on October 27 and it will continue till November 11. Randall will be present at his local Wilko store on Mondays and Fridays selling poppies.