A Century of Expanding Horizons: King George V Visits Newington House, 8 July 1920

Posted: 19/03/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Our latest  ‘A Century of Expanding Horizons’ article looks back on the visit King George V made to Scottish War Blinded's Newington House on 8 July 1920.

Newington House was acquired by Scottish War Blinded in 1916 providing accommodation, rehabilitation and vocational skills training to soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One with life changing visual impairments.

Newington House’s four acres of land provided more than adequate recreational space where blind bowling became highly popular sport in the summer months promoting positive health and well-being and camaraderie.

Upon completion of rehabilitation and training, Scottish War Blinded members were assisted into independent living in communities across Scotland with the assistance of the charity’s After-Care service.

King George V inspected the various workshops and grounds of Newington House greatly charmed by the spirit of the men and the quality of care provided by the charity.

“Scotsmen have done well in establishing this National Institution for Blind Servicemen, and I am glad to know that they are supporting it with their characteristic generosity.

“In Newington House they assure to their fellow men who have thus suffered in the war, not only a place of training, but a home where the doors are ever open to them, and where they can always be certain of a hearty welcome.”

Scottish War Blinded continues to expand the horizons of visually impaired veterans across Scotland who have lost their sight in service or in subsequent later life. Do you know a visually impaired veteran of the Armed Forces? Guide them to us: guidethem.org