100-year-old veteran died

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A 100-year-old war veteran has passed away less than two weeks before his 101st birthday.

Albert Grainger, of Matlock, died as the result of heart problems on March 9.

He was born and bred in Codnor, and moved between Derby, Wirksworth and Bonsall before ending up in Matlock Green.

Albert and his wife, Elizabeth, had two children – Thomas and Elizabeth – as well as six grandchildren and several grandchildren.

Elizabeth said: “He was a carpenter and joiner.

“He worked for several people but he ended up at County Offices as a foreman.”’

During the Second World War he was in the Royal Signals and was awarded several service medals.

“He used to teach old time and ballroom dancing in all the village halls,” Elizabeth recalled.

She said her father was a member of the Royal British Legion and the Matlock Forum Club.

He enjoyed photography, as well as taking his pet griffon dog, Toby, to dog shows.