The singer who entertained the troops during the Second World War and was dubbed the “forces sweetheart” has died at 103-years old.
Her family said in a statement we are “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103.”
They added, “Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.
“Further information regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”
She will be forever remembered for singing The White Cliffs of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings, to help raise British spirits during the London Blitz.
Dame Vera once said, “My songs reminded the boys of what they were really fighting for.
“Precious, personal things, rather than ideologies and theories.”
Earlier this year ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day she said was remembering “the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us.”
She added, “They left their families and homes to fight for our freedom and many lost their lives trying to protect us and our liberties.”
She also encouraged the British public during the coronavirus pandemic to “rediscover that same spirit that saw us through the war.”