Tug of war
Among the many sporting activities blind veterans took part in while at Regent's Park was the classic game of tug of war!
Among the many sporting activities blind veterans took part in during out time at Regent's Park was tug of war! This was not only a fun way to keep fit and improve mobility but as a team sport it increased feelings of comradeship between the veterans.
The instructor who led tug of war amongst other sports was a gentleman named Sargent John McAulay. He was a Scottish policeman who joined the Scots Guards during the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the most pretigious military medal for gallantry in the face of the enemy. When he returned the police after the war he began to coach sports for blind veterans in his spare time.
'Above Rottingdean the new villas began: pipe-dream architecture: up on the downs the obscure skeleton of a nursing home, winged like an aeroplane' (Graham Greene, Brighton Rock, 1938)
Now you see it, now you don't! Could it be magic?
In December 1915, The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift book was
in aid of Blind Veterans UK.