Joan Hocquard, the oldest person in Britain, who was born under the reign of Edward VII in 1908. has died at the age of 112 on Sarrday. She shared her birthday, 29 March 1908, with the world’s oldest man Bob Weighton, who died in Hampshire in May. She “enjoyed butter and cream and she scoffed at idea of dieting.” It’s said she broke many modern diets. Joan Hocquard went to boarding school in Sussex and later worked as a cook at a hotel in Geneva. She drove an ambulance in London at the start of World War Two.
Joan spent her early life in Kenya where her father was a British colonial officer. Later, she and her husband had 40 foot yacht which they sailed from Beaulieu in Hampshire around the coast and to France. They also travelled across the continent in a camper van. “She has always had an independent spirit and it was typical of her that on her 100th birthday she refused a card from the Queen because she did not want people to know how old she was,” her nephew Paul Reynolds, a former BBC journalist, described her some months ago. The oldest living Brit is now Lilian Priest, from Swanage, Dorset, who is 111 years old.