Vera Lynn dies at 103

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Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103. The news has been disseminated through major UK portals that the singer, dubbed the Forces’ Sweetheart, has passed away.

Vera Lynn rose to fame during World War Two and remained one of the UK’s most potent symbols of resilience and hope.

She is best known for hits such as We’ll Meet Again, her rendition of which was hugely popular during the war. She established the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity in 2001. She said it is her charity work – not her wartime bravery – for which she wants to be remembered.

With songs such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, she inspired both troops abroad and civilians at home during World War Two.

As Britain’s cities came under attack, her wistful songs, with their messages of yearning and optimism, were heard in millions of British homes.

She was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917 in the London suburb of East Ham, the daughter of a plumber.

She discovered her talent for singing at an early age and was performing in local clubs when she was seven. By the time she was 11, she had abandoned school for a full-time career as a dancer and singer in a touring music hall revue.

She had also adopted a new stage name, Vera Lynn, borrowing her grandmother’s maiden name.