A statement, released by Dame Vera’s family on Thursday, June 18, said: “The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103.
“Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, June 18 2020, surrounded by her close family.”
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Her hit song We’ll Meet Again became prominent during the Second World War era and had a significant impact as the country went into lockdown this March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Queen referenced the title of one of Dame Vera’s most beloved wartime songs when she told the country, separated from families and friends during the coronavirus lockdown: “We will meet again.”
In May this year, Dame Vera became the oldest artist to score a top 40 album in the UK.
The 103-year-old, who was born in East Ham, east London, in March 1917, saw her greatest hits album 100 re-enter the chart at number 30, boosted by commemorations for the 75th anniversary of VE day on May 8.
She remained an outspoken supporter of military veterans throughout her life.
In May, she urged the nation to “remember 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.”