Lonely WWII veteran, 101, given thousands of Christmas cards after revealing wife’s Covid death in emotional interview

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A LONELY World War Two veteran received more than 7,000 Christmas cards after giving an emotional TV interview about his wife’s death.

John Lister from Griston, Norfolk, broke down in tears as he told Anglia TV how lonely he has been since losing his wife to coronavirus.

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John Lister received thousands of Christmas cards after giving an emotional TV interview[/caption]

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He was later filmed surrounded by letters addressed to him, from all over the country[/caption]

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The World War Two veteran touched the hearts of many after speaking about the death of his wife Ella[/caption]

The 101-year-old, who served as a gunner in the Second World War, caught Covid-19 alongside his wife Ella, 92, back in March.

He was with his childhood sweetheart and companion for more than 70 years – but she died in hospital days after testing positive.

Wiping away his tears on camera, Mr Lister told his local TV station: “It’s being lonely.  

“Sometimes I’m in my room and the only time I see anyone is when they bring my meals.”

The war veteran had also previously told the Eastern Daily Press that coronavirus is “worse than war”.  

‘TRUE GENT’

And within hours of his story appearing on Anglia TV, people from all over the UK – as well as Canada, America and Australia – pledged to send Christmas greetings to his nursing home, Thorp House.

Hayley Attew wrote: “My children decorated a card today and sent it.

“I really hope he doesn’t feel lonely with what will hopefully be an influx of well wishes and kindness sent to him by everyone.

“This story has made us think about things, so my family are going to write to a few care homes asking if they have anyone that would like to become our penpal/friend. No one should feel lonely.”

Mr Lister was later filmed surrounded by letters from all over the country, as a care worker read his greetings aloud.

One card read: “Dearest John, we heard this year had been very difficult for you. So we wanted to send you a card to wish you a very merry Christmas.

Another read: “Dear John, you are an inspiration and a true gentleman.”

When asked how the letters made him feel, Mr Lister said: “Elated. It opened my eyes.”


Mr Lister, who is a lifelong Norwich City fan, has also received a Christmas treat from his favourite team – a shirt signed by all the players.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul said: “We have to be reminded sometimes how many people are going through stuff like this. 

“Hopefully with a little gesture, we can make it a little better.”

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Mr Lister was filmed opening his cards from well-wishers[/caption]

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The World War Two veteran spoke about the first time he saw his wife[/caption]



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