Scottish War Blinded Blog

Read about the wide range of experiences enjoyed by Scottish War Blinded members as well as events, news and community projects.

World War One Remembered: George Gordon

World War One Remembered: George Gordon

George Gordon joined the 14th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in 1915. In the Spring of 1916 the Battalion left for France posted to sector where the Battle of Loos had taken place in 1915. The Battalion engaged the enemy at a hamlet called Hulloch where a fierce battle ensued. He recalled seeing many kilts hanging on the barbed wire from that battle.

Posted: 26/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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Rehabilitation at the Linburn Centre

Rehabilitation at the Linburn Centre

Many members develop visual impairments in later life such as Age Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy.

Rehabilitation Officer at Scottish War Blinded Sharon McAllister provides a personalised programme of rehabilitation enabling members to continue leading independent lives.

Posted: 19/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Choir Project Launches October 2014

Scottish War Blinded Choir Project Launches October 2014

Scottish War Blinded members will have the opportunity to participate in a choir taster session on Friday 31 October 2014.

Working in partnership with West Lothian Arts Council, it is hoped the project will lead to the formation of a permanent Scottish War Blinded choir in 2015.

Posted: 14/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded members attend commemorative drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle

Scottish War Blinded members attend commemorative drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle

Scottish War Blinded members and staff attended the commemorative drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday 10 August to remember those who fell during the Great War.

Representatives of local authorities, veteran’s charities and the public gathered to participate in the biggest commemoration event of this scale ever seen Scotland involving over 5000 people.

Posted: 12/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War One Remembered: George Laing

World War One Remembered: George Laing

Scottish War Blinded member Eric Bee has shared a photograph of his grandfather George Laing who served in the Royal Marine Engineers formed in 1918. He was transferred to the Royal Marine Engineers following service in an Army Labour Unit.

Posted: 08/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War One Remembered: John Norman McLeod

World War One Remembered: John Norman McLeod

Scottish War Blinded member Helen McLeod has shared an image of her father (located 2nd left, bottom row) who served in the Black Watch. This was taken on the Western Front in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme where five battalions of the regiment were engaged in fierce fighting at Contalmaison, High Wood, Delville Wood and Longueval.

Posted: 07/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War One Remembered: Robert Steele

World War One Remembered: Robert Steele

Private Robert (Bob) Steele experienced blindness and respiratory problems following a mustard gas attack in 1918 later accessing Scottish War Blinded services.

Posted: 07/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War One Remembered: Alexander (Sandy) Galloway

World War One Remembered: Alexander (Sandy) Galloway

Scottish War Blinded member Bruce Galloway shares the story of his father who served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers:

“Born at Minto, near Hawick my father, at the age of 18 he joined the army at Berwick-on -Tweed, into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment. From there, it is believed that he was one of large contingent of troops, bound for Liverpool, to join a troopship, bound for the Crimean.

Posted: 07/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War One Remembered: Alexander (Sandy) McDonald

World War One Remembered: Alexander (Sandy) McDonald

Scottish War Blinded member Derek MacDonald provided an excerpt describing his Grandfather Alexander McDonald's service on the Locon Sector earning the Military Medal in 1917.

Posted: 05/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Exhibit at BBC World War One at Home Event in Dundee

Scottish War Blinded Exhibit at BBC World War One at Home Event in Dundee

Scottish War Blinded exhibited at the BBC World War One roadshow event in Dundee on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August 2014.

The event, delivered by The Great War Dundee Partnership, Dundee University and BBC, aimed to generate a wider understanding World War One as well as the contribution made by Dundee in terms of the home and fighting fronts.

Posted: 05/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

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