St Dunstan's Train
For thirty years we had a train baring our name, travelling all over the country.
Built in 1930, the 'St Dunstan's' Engine had been used on express passenger trains from Crewe to North Wales, Liverpool, Manchester and North West England and had run a total mileage between 1930 and August 1961 of 1,266,776 miles.
The train was christened on 17th April 1937 in Euston Station in the presence of a guard of honour comprising of blind veterans and headed by the band of the Marylebone branch of the British Legion.
At the naming ceremony of the train, our president at the time Sir Ian Fraser said: "I represent 2000 men who were blinded in the war. We might be called the two battalions of blinded soldiers. Though not a regiment in the military sense of the word, we are bound together by the same ties of loyalty and comradeship as the regiments which we served during the War.
I would like to thank the porters and train crews of the railways for the kindly personal service which they always give to blinded people, and I should also like to thank the directors and managements of British railways for the facilities which they have given to blinded persons travelling on their railways."
This year we are celebrating 100 years of Blind Veterans UK, this is how we celebrated our 75th birthday..
"In those days, it was no uncommon thing for Royalties and other personages and celebrities to visit St. Dunstan's."
Peter discovered his talent for blind archery through Blind Veterans UK, he has been supported by the charity since 2010.
In a drawing presented to us specially by a famous Punch cartoonist, this depiction of the Angel of Mons embodies the hope provided by Blind Veterans UK.
Northgate House is a special property in our charity's history, providing a fun place for the children of blind veterans to stay while their parents trained at the Brighton centre.