St Dunstan the goat
In 1916, we had our own mascot in the form of St Dunstan, the goat.
In 1916, we had a goat living with us at the rehabilitation centre in Regent's Park. This goat belonged to blind veteran Joseph Culshaw. Upon entering the charity, matron Frances Hughes decided that the goat could come with him. It was named 'St Dunstan' on our behalf.
The Review of October 1916 reported that 'The goat, which is quite young, is already making friends with everybody and promises to be a general favourite.'
There is a history of animals as military mascots, including goats! They hold a special position in the regiment in that they are considered as a full member of the battalion. A recent regimental goat had links with Blind Veterans UK in that he was part of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh. William 'Billy' Windsor 1st has descended from a bloodline of military goats and before retiring in 2009, he attended the official opening of our Llandudno centre.
To commemorate the importance of this goat to Blind Veterans UK in our centenary year, we have made a goat available on our online shop so that everyone can have their own mascot!
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.
As we commemorate the forming of the Home Guard 75 years ago, we look at how Blind Veterans UK also carried on at home
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.
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!