Falkirk wife Nessie Brisbane celebrates her 100th birthday

Agnes Brisbane, known as Nessie, reached old age on Sunday and celebrated with her extended family.

Born Agnes Marshall Meikle on June 12, 1922, she was raised in Greenbank, Camelon, the only child of railroad worker James Meikle and his wife Christina.

She attended Carmuirs Primary School and the old Falkirk High School before working as an accountant at the Falkirk Laundry after leaving school.

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Nessie Brisbane celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday 12th June 2022.

When war broke out, Nessie said that over time she grew more and more frustrated at not doing anything to support the war effort, so she went to Stirling and volunteered for the Auxilliary Territorial Service (ATS) around 1942 or 1943. .

She said: “I was then called up for military service, did a two-week training course at Glencourse Barracks in Edinburgh and was then sent to a base in Derby.

“I got a clerk job and it was absolutely boring, pointless work, so I decided to volunteer for the military police.

“That meant more training in England and after that I was sent back to Derby.

A young Nessie Brisbane in her military police uniform.

“I hated it because again I wasn’t making any real contribution to the war effort, so I decided to volunteer again, this time to be sent overseas if necessary.

“By then it looked like the Allies were preparing to confront the Germans in Europe and as D-Day approached I was told I would be sent to France.”

Nessie went ashore at Arromanches just days after the first D-Day landings.

The former clerk served in France, Belgium and Germany until the end of the war.

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When Nessie returned home after the war, she met Andrew Brisbane at a dance hall in Falkirk.

He was a railwayman and then became an engineer at BP’s Grangemouth works.

The couple married in 1948.

Nessie and Andrew had two children, a daughter Christine and a son, Ian.

The couple then bought a small newsagents on Grahams Road in Falkirk and only gave it up when the site was cleared for the construction of the new retail park. Throughout her long life, Nessie has had several major interests – her garden to keep up with current affairs, movies, reading and traveling to discover new places.

In the early years it was traveling by train through Great Britain with her young family for stays in seaside resorts.

Later, with the children away from home, she traveled to numerous European countries with Andrew.

She celebrated her 80th birthday with a tour of China.

Nessie was widowed in 1987 and continues to live in the family home in central Falkirk.

She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Nessie celebrated hitting three figures with members of her family.

A week before the big day, her grandson Richard Adams and his family traveled from Surrey for a small party and Nessie enjoyed a second party on the day proper with the rest of her extended family.

A member of the Guild for over 70 years, Nessie attended Grahams Road Church, then Grahamston United Church.

As a big surprise, she received a framed certificate for her many years of service on her 100th birthday.

When asked about the secret of her long life, Nessie said: “Just live simple, stick to basic things like simple food.

“I have no idea how I turned 100 if I’m being honest!”

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