A 95-year-old World War II veteran was awarded his second Ph.
D. and has become one of Britain’s oldest university students after being awarded.
Watch the veteran who got his second Ph.D at 95
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Charles Betty, who left school with no qualifications, completed a 48,000-word thesis to become a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Northampton.
Mr. Betty, who completed a 48,000-word thesis on why elderly ex-pats living in Spain return to the UK, completed the long-distance course in five years as he was also taking care of his 93-year-old disabled wife, Eileen.
Mr. Betty, who lives in Spain, flew from Spain to England to attend his graduation.
He told SWNS: “When I first moved to Spain I was told that you live longer if you do two things, laugh a lot and keep your mind occupied. I come from an ordinary working-class background. Born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, in 1923, where we had no history of degrees or going to university.”
“I had four brothers, my mother was a housewife and my father was a deep-sea fisherman, a trawler chief engineer and he was away for weeks at once.”
Mr. Betty left school with no qualifications when he was 14. He then joined the Army and served in the D-Day Landings as a Corporal with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
The grandfather-of-three once again started his academic career when he was 70.
He has also been awarded a doctorate in Education, for a long-distance learning degree at the Californian Coast University after he completed two Masters’ degrees from the Universities of Brighton and Nottingham.
The veteran was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government on Bastille Day for his role in the operation in June 1944 two years ago.
He has now become one of Britain’s oldest university students after being awarded his second Ph.D.
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