Famed British singer Dame Vera Lynn, who helped to keep up the morale of the Allies during the Second World War has passed away at the age of 103.
She began performing at the age of seven, and four years later took her maternal grandmother’s surname, Lynn, as a stage name.
Dame Vera’s success came during World War II when she entertained the troops in the United Kingdom, Egypt, and India with tunes like The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing, and If Only I Had Wings. Because of her ability to come over as an ordinary girl, she was able to remind the troops of loved ones back home, and became known as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’.
In 1995, she would perform a concert in front of Buckingham Palace in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
She would go on to have her own Variety Show after the war, and as a guest star on other variety shows. Her record Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart would top the charts in the U.S. for nine weeks in 1952, the first record of a British performer to do so.
She was very supportive of the armed forces, and in 2005 during the celebrations for VE-Day, she made a speech honouring the veterans of the war and reminded younger people to remember the sacrifices of those veterans.
Dame Vera was made a Freedom of the City of London in 1978, and was created a Dame in the Order of the British Empire in 1975. For her efforts during the war, she received War Medal (1939–1945) and the Burma Star. In addition, she was a Member of The Order of the Companions of Honour and an Officer of the Order of Saint John. She was also made an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in The Netherlands.