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London: British singer Vera Lynn, whose sentimental ballads during World War II provided the soundtrack for the Allied war effort, has died at the age of 103, according to a statement from the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity on Thursday.
Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, England, died Thursday morning , surrounded by her close family.
Lynn's two most famous songs, "We'll Meet Again," released in 1939 at the start of the war and "The White Cliffs of Dover," recorded in 1942, created a patriotic image that resonates with people in the UK even today. She was also the first English singer to make it to number one in the American music charts.
Her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, said, "My mother first became involved in raising awareness of cerebral palsy in the 50s when there was very little understanding of the condition and children who suffered from motor learning difficulties were often referred to rather pejoratively as 'spastic.'
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Lynn in a tweet, "Dame Vera Lynn's charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours. Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come."
In 2009, Lynn became the oldest artist to have a number one album in England with "We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn." Moore recently became the oldest artist to have a number one single in the UK charts with his rendition of "You''ll Never Walk Alone," which was released a week before his 100th birthday.
In 2017, Lynn became the oldest artist to have an album in the top ten on the British charts with "100," which was released in honor of her 100th birthday. To celebrate that milestone birthday, her image was projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover on March 20, 2017.