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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

As we commemorate the forming of the Home Guard 75 years ago, we look at how Blind Veterans UK 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.