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ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
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ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

The Extraordinary Life and Career of Dame Vera Lynn

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Dame Vera Lynn’s unique voice brought her fame and stardom but the Second World War saw her transform from a celebrity to a national heroine. Filling the airwaves with hope, her radio show Sincerely Yours brought comfort to millions around the world. Known as the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, she campaigned tirelessly for veterans and other good causes and won new generations of fans as she continued to perform and record through each passing decade.

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    1924

    Aged 7, Vera Welch gives her first public performance in a working men’s club in Dagenham. She develops a unique style to cut through the din. Four years later she adopts her grandmother’s maiden name and starts performing as ‘Vera Lynn’.

  • 1935

    Singing with the Joe Loss Orchestra, Vera Lynn makes her radio debut and her first solo record ‘Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire’ is released the following year.
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    1939

    The release of her rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ resonates with the British public during the war years. Reflecting both heartbreak and optimism, it becomes her signature song.
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    1941

    Vera Lynn marries the musician Harry Lewis, who later becomes her manager. Meanwhile, her radio show Sincerely Yours – in the format of a ‘letter to the men of the Forces … in words and music’ – starts broadcasting on the BBC.
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    1944

    The singer undertakes a death-defying tour of Burma, inspiring the British troops fighting the Japanese with her courage and kindness. She is awarded the Burma Star medal in 1985 in recognition of her bravery.
  • 1952

    Vera Lynn wins new fans around the world. The entertainer’s version of ‘Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart’ becomes the first song recorded by a British artist to top the US Billboard 100.
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    1976

    A much-loved entertainer, tireless campaigner for charity and wartime heroine, Vera Lynn is made a Dame of the British Empire.
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    1995

    Dame Vera performs for thousands of people in front of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

  • 2020

    At the age of 103, Dame Vera dies peacefully at her home in East Sussex and is honoured with a full military funeral.
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    2022

    Dame Vera is commemorated on a new UK £2 coin. After her music helps the nation to invoke the Blitz Spirit once again during the challenges of lockdown, it keeps her extraordinary legacy alive for future generations.

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