Business as usual
As we commemorate the forming of the Home Guard 75 years ago, we look at how Blind Veterans UK also carried on at home
This image shows staff at our administrative headquarters of St John's Lodge in Regent's Park after a bomb was dropped on it during WWII. The bomb completely destroyed the talking books rooms, and seriously damaged other parts of the building.
An extract from an article in The Review in 1940, written by our chairman at the time Ian Fraser:
"We have had another bit of bad luck. Our offices seem to be a target, though why I cannot imagine, because they have no military significance whatever.
A bomb fell directly on the Talking Book recording rooms. In place of a splendid and efficient building there is now a heap of concrete, bricks and rubble.
Of course, we intend to carry on. This is the spirit of Britain and the spirit of St Dunstan's. We are immediately setting to work to start again."
The full article from The Review can be read here.
In 2013 our Llandudno centre was offically opened with a special ceremony and commemorative monolith in the centre's grounds.
7th May 2015 was the 100th anniversary of the torpedoing of the RMS Lusitania. The attack on this ship was integral to the events of the First World War, and one passenger's involvement plays an important role in the history of Blind Veterans UK.
The dramatic society kept our veterans in good spirits during WWII when the charity had moved to Church Stretton in Shropshire for safety.
Blind Veterans UK Badges through the ages
An embroided Grand Altar frontal made by injured soldiers during World War One, currently on display at St Paul's Cathedral.
In 1916, we had our own mascot in the form of St Dunstan, the goat.
The revolutionary Kurzweil machine has a history entwined with our own
In the 1920s, football was very popular among blind veterans. We even played against Arsenal!