Tributes have been paid to an 100-year-old RAF veteran after his death.

Samuel Harshaw died on March 14 - just months after celebrating his 100th birthday - and was described by those who knew him as a "beloved member of the community".

Born on November 17, 1923, in Northern Ireland, Samuel went on to join the Royal Airforce, which would prove to be the beginning of an illustrious career. 

His postings included assignments to Ceylon - now known as Sri Lanka - and Tripoli in Africa, where he demonstrated exemplary courage and commitment to his country.

After calling time on the RAF, Samuel transitioned to civilian life, where he continued to make significant contributions to society when he embarked on a new chapter of service in the NHS.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Samuel was also the grandson of the famous diarist Robert Harshaw, whose legacy of storytelling and reflection influenced Samuel's own ability to share his experiences and connect with others.

Samuel lived in Devizes before relocating to Swindon with his beloved wife Jo during the later years of his retirement due to health challenges which included battling diabetes, Alzheimer's and dementia.

The decision to move was also influenced by the need to fund the care home where he and Jo lived, leading them to sell their home in Devizes.

Together, he and Jo shared a lifetime of love, laughter, and cherished memories.