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Worthing war hero who was oIdest UK motorist dies aged 106
A war hero believed to be the oldest motorist in the UK has died at the age of 106.
Harry Jamieson received his driving licence in 1924 aged 17 and proudly never clocked up a single penalty point.
The self-confessed petrol-head had lived independently at home in Worthing – and was still driving – up until December last year.
He broke a bone in his neck in a fall on Christmas Eve and moved into a nursing home where he lived until his death last month.
Friend Jacky Hetherington described him as a “caring, kind, gentleman”.
She said: “He was just a wonderful man.
“He was smartly dressed, polite, helpful, charming and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“His funeral was packed. He was incredible.”
Mr Jamieson joined the army as a young man and first learned to drive a seven tonne armoured Roll-Royce.
During the Second World War he was part of the scientific naval branch and helped develop the vitally important radar system.
Mr Hetherington, the Worthing’s Rowland Singers Choral Society’s honorary life president, said: “He joined us in the ’80s and he had a real passion for music and in particular Gilbert and Sullivan.
“One particularly fond memory of him was on a trip to Spain in the 1990s. He was so incredibly active that I thought he was 62. It was only after we got home he told me he was 82.”
But Mr Jamieson’s real passion was driving.
Speaking to our reporter back in 2012, he said: “I just love the freedom getting into a car gives. There are no boundaries and I can go wherever and whenever I want to.
“It is something that I needed from a young age and it has given me a good life as I have seen every part of Britain because of it.
“I am very much at home in a car. I think to myself that it could be possible I have spent more |time in my car than I have in my bed.”
He estimated that he travelled more than two million miles in nearly nine decades of driving.
Mr Jamieson was married to his late wife Joan for more than 60 years.
He leaves two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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