Angus Buchanan's Victoria Cross
The only Victoria Cross awarded to a blind veteran.
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.
2013 saw the arrival of bees at our Llandudno centre. However, this is not the first time that Blind Veterans UK has been involved with bees.
The glass was originally placed in the chapel at our centre at West House, Brighton, and was later transferred to the new chapel where it remains today.
A memorial tribute to our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson.
Over one hundred blind veterans from the First World War were trained to become telephone operators.
The memorial that signifies the strong friendship between United Kingdom and Holland.
Blind veteran, Ted Miller, from Leamington Spa, had his stunning doll houses featured on BBC Television.
The history of joinery and carpentry at St Dunstan's.
Dancing was a not only a form of excercise for the blind veterans but was also the most popular indoor recreation at St Dunstan's.
Blind veteran sets up his own business repairing boots and making clogs.
A celebratory concert in honour of St Dunstan's After Care work.
A plaque to mark the strong relationship between the town of Church Stretton and St Dunstan's.
A beautiful sculpture presented to the owners of St Dunstan's Lodge by Sir Arthur Pearson.
Blind veteran Maria Pikulski completes a wing walk.
A memorial commemorating Blind Veterans UK Chairman, Lord Ian Fraser.