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99 year-old blind veteran receives prestigious World War II medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A Second World War blind veteran from Gloucester has been formally presented with the Chevalier de l’Odre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Arthur Parish, 99 and from Brockworth, was presented with the honour by Lt Col Andrew Tabor, High Sheriff of Gloucester, at the Millbrook Lodge Care Centre.

Arthur says: “It really is very nice to have this recognition, especially after all of these years. I really wasn’t expecting anything like this, not at my age.

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National military charity brings together Oxfordshire Bletchley Park veteran and Dorset World War II codebreaker

Mary from Witney (right) met fellow WWII veteran Lorna from Dorset (left) at Women’s Military Week

A blind veteran from Oxfordshire enjoyed a special trip to Brighton from 15 – 20 May where she met a fellow veteran who served at Bletchley Park at the same time as her.

Mary Turton, 94 and from Witney, visited Brighton for a special week-long series of events celebrating female veterans called Women’s Military Week, hosted by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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Gurkha struggle in post-earthquake Nepal

Tuesday 25 April – Two years on from the devastating Nepal earthquakes, a British charity is rushing to rehouse hundreds of Gurkha veterans and widows before the third monsoon since the disaster arrives.

The quakes left approximately 600,000 people across the country without a home. The majority are still living in rudimentary shelters constructed from corrugated metal sheets and the remains of former buildings.

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“Princess Marina House is a wonderful place”

When former rear-gunner Peter Potter was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for his involvement in the liberation of France during WW2, there was only one place he wanted to have his medal presented to him, amongst friends and peers at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Princess Marina House.

Peter, now aged 91, joined the RAF at just 17, lying about his birthday and saying he was two years older. He began his RAF life as Warrant Officer in 1943, becoming part of Bomber Command’s 626 Squadron.

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Blind veteran from Rhyl receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis

A Second World War blind veteran from Rhyl has been presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

Brian McManus, 90, was presented with the prestigious honour at the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno on Wednesday 1 March. The ceremony was attended by several members of Brian’s family including his daughter Linda and officiated by Steve Boswell, the charity’s Llandudno Centre Manager.

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Skiing Week Brings Injured Veterans Together

This week The Not Forgotten Association is hosting a skiing holiday in La Plagne, France for 14 injured veterans drawn from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The group includes four amputees and represents a wide range of Army Regiments and the RAF. Help for Heroes, Stoll and Blesma have all nominated guests, most of whom have not taken part in an NFA activity or event previously.

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Celebrities ‘Root For Rosie’

The Not Forgotten Association’s Head of Events Rosie Thompson is running in the Marathon des Sables in April this year to raise funds for injured service men and women. After completing many fundraising half and full marathons in the past, raising over £170,000 for the charity, Rosie wanted to set herself a tougher challenge.

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