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Blind Veterans of the First World War
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Members of St Dunstan's with VADs during the First World War

St Dunstan’s (now Blind Veterans UK) was fortunate to have the assistance of a number of Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs). These were voluntary nurses who assisted the men including by helping them find their way around, reading to them and taking part in social activities such as dancing with them. Here some of the VADs are shown relaxing with the men on a seesaw in the grounds of St Dunstan’s Lodge. VADs helped the war effort at home and abroad during the First World War; they were organised by another important charity, the British Red Cross.


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