Fred’s 103-year wait to meet newborn Oscar

Frederick Brassington meets his great-grandson Oscar - who shares the same birthday - for the first time.
Frederick Brassington meets his great-grandson Oscar - who shares the same birthday - for the first time.

With an astonishing 103-year age gap between them, two members of the same family who share the same birthday have met for the first time.

Frederick Brassington, one of Skegness’ oldest residents at 103, finally got to meet his newborn great-great grandson, Oscar, for the first time on November 1.

Fred’s family came from Wales to see him at Aspen Lodge Care home a few days after his birthday.

“His reaction to seeing Oscar was positive and he held him and was smiling,” said Fred’s granddaughter Jayne Wightman. “Despite having limited ability to speak due to his age, his gestures showed he understood and was pleased to see him.”

Born in 1912, and originally from Nottingham, Fred served with the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) in 1940 and was injured during the Dunkirk evacuation.

He served with the 8th Army until he was captured while serving in Tobruk. He was liberated from an Austrian prisoner of war camp in 1945, having been held captive for three years.

On his return home, he became a butcher and then a bus driver, moving to Chapel St Leonards in the late 1990s with his late wife, Edna.