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    Harold Southerden RAMC WWI

      Watching trailers for Hacksaw Ridge I was reminded of two men whom I have met through my work as editor of Blind Veterans UK Review magazine. The first was a man, recently deceased, who came to the charity in his 90s suffering from age related sight loss. He was veteran of the Second World War, and like Desmond Doss he refused to

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    I have lived with Type II diabetes for six years, and have had to learn to be careful and watch my diet. I go for check-ups every 6 months with a diabetes nurse. On my first check up my sugar levels were far too high and the nurse asked me about my diet. I confessed

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    The final photograph of a family together. On 1st July 1916 20431 Pte Arthur G Sillence, 11th Battalion The Suffolk Regiment died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

    1st July 1916. ‘I’m well. Things are going ok and I’ll write as soon as I can’. Those are the last words that 20431 Pte Arthur G Sillence, 11th Battalion The Suffolk Regiment wrote to his beloved wife, their son and two daughters. In the precious final hours of his life, hours before the piercing

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    Last week blind veteran Peter attended an induction week at our Brighton centre where he learnt new skills, revived old hobbies and made friends. Peter, who will turn 95 on Christmas day, has been supported by our charity since May. Peter suffers from aged related macular degeneration which has taken a significant amount of his

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    Richard Davies died on 24th November 2015 before we were able to publish this account of his time serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France. This is published for Richard and with the agreement of his daughter Glynnis. A kind and caring man this story reflects the brutality of war as Richard became hardened

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    Blind veteran Ron joined the Army in 1931 and, on the outbreak of the Second World War, was posted to Hong Kong to defend the then British colony. In late 1941, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong including Fort Stanley, where Ron was based. After 18 days of fighting, his garrison surrendered against overwhelming odds. He

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    Bill was visiting our Llandudno centre for an IT training week where he was getting to grips with his new smartphone. Although Bill was focusing on his new IT skills he couldn’t resist a go on the pottery wheel which had been installed a couple of days earlier. Bill was the first veteran to use

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    Shin, a Japanese student currently training as a classical singer, recently attended our Brighton centre to find out more about our charity. Shin, who lives with sight loss, has embarked on a project which compares the facilities and services available to vision-impaired individuals in different countries. As part of his studies Shin attended the Royal

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    A blind football match entails two teams of five players. The objective is still to kick the ball into the net and the goalkeeper is usually sighted. Most importantly, ball bearings are placed inside the ball to create a noise which allows players to locate the ball. It was the first time the majority of

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    ‘The Review’ Editor Catherine visited Kenneth at his home to talk about the three years he spent as a Prisoner of War. Kenneth begins: “On the day we were made PoWs we had to parade and line the main road while the Japanese marched in. We were then moved up to Changi Gaol. Some went

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