THE family of Winchester-born war veteran Reginald Argyle gathered to celebrate what would have been his 95th birthday.

Reginald was born at 28 St Thomas Street, which is now Cafe Winchester, and served in The Royal Hampshire Regiment for 22 years.

Every year since 2009, he and his family returned to the cafe, his birthplace, to celebrate each of his birthdays.

He died in September, but his relatives still wanted to mark the occasion in the same way they had planned to.

His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all attended the event and his family have also arranged for a plaque in his name to be unveiled in the gardens of the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum on December 1.

Reginald’s granddaughter, Lucie, said: “Grandad was a hero in more ways than one, for all he did for his country but also for his family. We will miss him loads but his memory will be passed on through us to our children, and we were honoured that our children got to meet their great grandad.

“We wanted to celebrate his birthday in the best way we could and coming back to his home is the only way we wanted to do it.

“Once a tiger, always a tiger.”

The family have also set up a JustGiving page in memory of Reginald, in which proceedings raised will be donated to the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum.