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Boot Shop Loan

Blind veteran sets up his own business repairing boots and making clogs.

Blind veteran boot repairer and clog maker

Prior to joining the Army, blind veteran Alfred Allen had been employed as a copper worker. 

Alfred served as Private in the Royal Fusiliers from 1915 to 1918 and joined St Dunstans, now Blind Veterans UK, in 1919 where he trained and set up a successful business as clog maker and boot repairer. He later turned his skills to rug making.

Although his wife died in 1978, Alfred was able to manage on his own with the help of friends and family before his death in 1982.