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Angus Buchanan's Victoria Cross

The only Victoria Cross awarded to a blind veteran.

Angus Buchanan Victoria Cross

In 1917 Captain Angus Buchanan was awarded the Victoria Cross for his 'most conspicuous bravery' during action at the Falauyah Lines the previous year. He assisted two men, one of them wounded, who had come under heavy fire and he was also badly wounded in the exchange.

In February 1917 he was wounded again, this time in the head, causing him to lose sight in both eyes.

Captain Buchanan is the only one of our blind veterans who has been awarded the VC. He came to Blind Veterans UK (then known as St Dunstan's), and learnt braille and typewriting. He went on to study and obtained a degree in Law at Oxford University, and then became a partner at a law firm in Coleford, Gloucestershire in 1929. He died on March 1st 1944 and is buried at Coleford Cemetery. 

Angus Buchanan's VC is now on display at the Imperial War Museum.