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Telephony Training at St Dunstan's

Over one hundred blind veterans from the First World War were trained to become telephone operators.

Blind telephone operators

The first man that was trained by St Dunstan's (now Blind Veterans UK) as a telephone operator was a very young "Old Contemptible", Dick Spry, who was severely wounded in 1915. After training he began working for the charity as assistant on our own exchange. He later worked as a telephone operator for the Gas Light and Coke Company in Kensington.

Shell-Mex (now known as Shell) employed more St Dunstan's telephonists than any other firm and eventually there were enough for the company to give them an annual party.

 

Telephone operators