Vera Margaret Welch was born on March 20th into a working-class family in East Ham.
Began singing in working men’s clubs at the age of 7.
After leaving school at the age of 11, Vera Lynn was spotted by a booking agent who found work for her performing at parties and events.
Recorded several songs with the Casani Club Band and released her first solo recording, “Up the Wooden Hill to Befordshire.”
Premiered what would eventually become her trademark song – “We’ll Meet Again.”
Released what would become another of her trademark songs, “The White Cliffs of Dover,” epitomising the sentiment of the war years. She also appeared in three films, one of which was We’ll Meet Again, when she portrayed a character based on herself.
Once the war had ended, Dame Vera began touring in Europe and continued broadcasting her radio program.
Dame Vera became the first British artist to have a number one in the U.S. charts with “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” which stayed at the top for an impressive nine weeks. This was also the year that she had the first of her 10 top 40 hits in the UK official charts.
Became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Founded the Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents with Children with Cerebral Palsy. This was reformed in 2001 as The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, supporting children with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments.
Named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th Century.
Vera was awarded the Companion of Honour by the Queen on 28th July 2016.
Became the oldest living artist to have an album in the top ten of the British charts with 100, which was released in honour of her 100th birthday.