In the year the country marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, Pulham Market man James Frederick Lister has also marked clocking up his own full century.
Known as Jimmy, Mr Lister celebrated his 100th birthday on January 5 with a card from The Queen.
As the bloody trench warfare and huge loss of life played out across Europe from 1914 to 1918, Mr Lister was a small child growing up in Hingham where his father was the local baker.
Twenty years later, when the Second World War broke out, the adult Mr Lister joined up and served as an electronics and telecommunications expert stationed at Dover Castle.
Following the end of the war, he married his sweetheart, Nellie, and the couple eventually set up home in Pulham Market where Mr Lister ran an electrical business for many years. He is reputed to have installed the first black and white television in the village. The couple retired to a bungalow in Colegate End where Mr Lister continued to live following his wife’s death in 1996. He is currently at All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham, following illness.