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For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 466— Volume XLII 

JANUARY, 1959 

Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


A YEAR ago I wrote that Mr. Ernest Stanford, c.b.e., was partially retiring but was con- 
tinuing as a Consultant, Lieut. Commander R. C. B. Buckley, g.m., taking his place as 
Appeals Organiser. 

On December 31st, Mr. Stanford finally retired, although I am glad to say that he has 
accepted office as a member of the informal Chairman's Committee which advises upon our 
appeals policy and efforts from time to time. 

No member of the staff of St. Dunstan's has served us better than Mr. Ernest Stanford 
during the past nineteen years, and a great part of our success has been due to his exceptionally 
able control of our Appeals Department. He will be missed by thousands of Honorary 
Organisers throughout the country as well as by the staff of the Department, who looked 
upon him as a most kindly, considerate employer. 

Our loss will be the gain of others because, as well as holding the important office of 
Vice-Chairman of Crawley Development Corporation, he is an active member of numerous 
other organisations both in Crawley New Town and elsewhere, and without doubt he will 
be able to give them more of his time as a voluntary committee man and social worker. 

As Chairman, I can say that I have not had a more effective or more agreeable colleague 
and that I owe him a debt of gratitude for his splendid work and sound advice. 

St. Dunstan's and St. Dunstaners owe much to Mr. Stanford and we all wish him good 
health and contentment in his retirement. 

• • • 

My appeal on Christmas night on the Home Service and Light Programme for the 
Wireless for the Blind Fund has raised £25,123. I am glad to say this is a substantial 
improvement on the last two or there years, but of course it does not approach the figures of 
ten or twenty years ago before television took so many people away from the sound pro- 
grammes. There were so many thousands of letters that it was not possible to identify them 
all, but a few St. Dunstaners and friends of St. Dunstan's wrote to me personally or put some- 
thing in their communicati' ' s which enabled them to be picked out so that they were brought 
to my notice. This suggests that there may have been many more which were snowed under 
by the avalanche and I would like to say how grateful I am for these gifts, which had a special 

I had almost got out of the habit of listening to the wireless except for the news in the 
morning, but in recent months, since I have been at home in the evenings more frequently, I have 


started listening again and have even found myself listening to the sound track on a television 
film or two. Two things concerning the sound track on television surprise me. One is 
that I do not miss nearly as much of the story by not seeing the picture as I would have 
expected and the other is the really shocking quality of the reception whether it be of speech or 
music. This bad quality I expect is due to the fact that most of the brains and money in 
the B.B.C. and the I.T.V., and in the design and manufacture of the television sets themselves, 
has gone into the picture, for following the tradition of the cinema, the sound is of secondary 

I notice that people who can see the picture hear the words much better than I do though 
my hearing is acute and sensitive; this is, no doubt, due to the fact that seeing people do a 
great deal of unconscious lip-reading as well as being aided by the actions and expressions. 

• • • 

By the time you read this, I will be in South Africa visiting my family business. 


shall meet a number of St. Dunstaners, more particularly at a Reunion in Johannesburg, and 
will give them the best wishes of their colleagues in the Old Country. 


National Insurance Retirement 

A new alternative method of paying 
Retirement Pensions quarterly in arrears 
by crossed postal drafts which can be paid 
into the pensioner's banking account is to 
commence on February 1st next. 

Those St. Dunstaners who are in receipt 
of the Retirement Pension and wish to 
have their pension paid in this way should 
apply now to their local Ministry of Pensions 
and National Insurance Office, if they have 
not already done so. 

H. D. Rice. 

From All Quarters 

S. W. Wain, of Derby, celebrated his 
90th birthday on January 6th. He is now 
permanently at Pearson House and is our 
oldest living St. Dunstaner. 

• • • 

A. G. Loveridge, now of Warehorne, 
near Ashford, Kent, who retired from the 
North Thames Gas Board last October 
after twenty-two years, had this tribute 
paid to him in the " Thames Gas Magazine." 
"Staff and customers alike at the Finchley 
Road branch," it said, " miss the cheery 
manner of Mr. Arthur Loveridge, who 
retired on October 12th." 

• • • 

J. R. Burton, of Portchester, with Mrs. 
Burton, has taken part in twenty concerts 
in the last three months at " Peter Pan " 
clubs and old people's organisations and 
homes, and has several bookings for the 
New Year. 

Bookings for Holidays at 
Ovingdean, Northgate House and 
Port Hall 

I would like to remind St. Dunstaners that 
all applications for summer holidays at St. 
Dunstan's Homes this year should reach 
the Area Superintendents by March 15th. 

As usual, priority will be given at Oving- 
dean to St. Dunstaners whose holidays are 
fixed by their employers, and their children 
will receive priority at Northgate House 
according to the length of the period which 
has elapsed since a holiday was last taken 

The Homes will be closed for cleaning 
and staff vacations as follows : 

Northgate House: June 14th to July 13th 

Port Hall : August 22nd to September 
18th inclusive. 
Special Fortnights : 

St. Dunstaners who wish to spend a 
holiday at Ovingdean at the same time as 
other trainees of their year may do so during 
the following periods: 

1915 — 1916: 11th to 25th September 

1917—1918: 19th June to 3rd July 

1919_1920: 29th May to 12th June 

1921—1922: 24th April to 8th May 

C. D. Wills 
Welfare Superintendent 

Ruby Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Payne, of Mitcham, 
Surrey, December 25th. Many congratu- 


London Club Notes 

On Thursday evening, December 18th, 
about thirty-five St. Dunstaners with their 
escorts, plus several friends, assembled at 
the Club Rooms for our Christmas party. 
People commenced to arrive round about 
5.30 and by 6 o'clock the party was in full 
swing. There was endless variety of good 
things to eat and drink, and one of our 
trainees, David Grey, did an excellent job 
on the piano ; everyone was kept in a cheery 
mood. We were very pleased to number 
amongst our guests, our Chairman, Lord 
Fraser, with Lady Fraser, and Mr. and Mrs. 
A. D. Lloyds. 

Our very good friend, Mr. Jacques Brown, 
once again brought along some first-rate 
artists to entertain us. We had the pleasure 
of listening to four grand lads from Canada, 
the Maple Leaf Four; they regaled us with 
several numbers from their repertoire and 
a real good job they made of it. We also 
had the pleasure of listening to the celebrated 
accordionist from Norway, Tellefson. It 
was a real treat to listen to the wonderful 
music. Then there was our very old friend, 
John Blythe, the teller of stories, and what 
stories! A grand lad, John! 

Just before Lord Fraser departed, he very 
kindly thanked the artists for their services. 

The members and their ladies each 
received a gift from the hands of Santa Bob 

To sum up — an excellent evening in every 

I would like everyone who contributed 
in any way to accept the most grateful 
thanks of the Committee and myself. 

Sam Webster, 


Dear St. Dunstaners, 

Very many thanks to you all for the 
lovely Christmas cards which you sent me. 
There were so many of them that I cannot 
send a personal word of thanks, much as I 
should like to. 

It is always a special pleasure to hear 
from St. Dunstaners overseas, whose letters 
bring back so many happy memories to us 

With my very best wishes for a happy 
New Year to St. Dunstaners and their 
wives and families everywhere. 
Yours sincerely, 

Frances Ramshaw. 

Dear Northerners, 

As I have received so many greetings 
cards and calendars from you all, it has now 
become impossible to write and acknowledge 
each one individually. However, I do 
appreciate your kind remembrance of me 
at this time and thank you all most sincerely. 

A very happy and prosperous New Year 
to every one of you. 

Yours very sincerely, 

M. A. Midgley. 

Dear St. Dunstaners, 

The Southern Area office at H.Q. is still 
a blaze of colour from the delightful array 
of Christmas cards and calendars which 
several hundred of you and your families 
have so kindly sent. Thank you so much. 
We all particularly appreciate the warmth 
of the good wishes expressed. 

I did hope to write and thank you all 
individually but perhaps this letter in the 
Review will reach you more quickly and it 
will also give me an early opportunity of 
sending you our greetings for 1959. 
Yours sincerely, 

Phyllis J. Rogers. 

Result of Christmas Competition 

The acceptances simply poured in! 
Here is the Christmas dinner which the 
Editor offered you: 

Hors d'oeuvre 














The three lucky prizewinners, who will 
receive two guineas each are, E. Harbottle, 
of Barnsley; S. C. Tarry, of London, S.W.4. ; 
and D. Wardle, of Northampton. 


J. C. Carney, of Dunstable; S. A. 
Worlidge, of Dollis Hill; a third grand- 
child for J. Daly, of Liverpool. 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

My horoscope in the Sunday Pictorial, 
for December 14th, stated people born 
under the sign of Cancer could expect a 
windfall, travel was indicated and sudden 
decisions necessary. At the week-end I 
received a wire that gave me the opportunity 
of my first Christmas at Ovingdean. 
Simultaneously with the invitation came a 
rather large order for mats for a school. The 
latter could not be a windfall but there was 
one in another communication that I had 
been paying excess rates and would receive 
a cheque. I decided that the chance of 
Christmas at Ovingdean came before the 
order and, hey presto! I have been on the 
magic carpet for a wonderful Christmas 
party — very acceptable and refreshing to an 
old-timer whose family has flown away. 

Jim Shaw's reunion with a comrade also 
had some similarity with an experience of 
mine at the Coronation Review of ex- 
Servicemen. I had gone to London with 
a British Legion friend and before coming 
home we adjourned to a house of refresh- 
ment. We were eating our sandwiches and 
drinking our beer and talking things over 
when I had a tap on the shoulder, and a 
man said I reminded him of a pal in the 
First War. I mentioned my enlisting regi- 
ment, the 5th Dragoon Guards (1st Reserve 
Cavalry), to which he replied that he was 
sorry, but his regiment had been the 1st 
K.O. Y.L.I. "That's funny," I said, "for 
when we were dismounted in 1915 I was 
attached to them," and he immediately 
said that I was the chap they called, " Texas 
Jack," who joined them in 1915. He had 
forgotten my surname but we were old 
chums in the same platoon. That was a 
sheer coincidence, but my life has been a 
series of coincidences. 

Rejected for Greenwich Naval School in 
1901, because of a cyst on my left eye, 
I had the cyst removed in a scrap at school, 
but Jerry knocked that eye out anyway. 
Migrating to Canada, and later to the United 
States, I came home in the only ship available 
from Port Texas near Galveston — the 
S.S. St. Dunstan, of the " Saint" line of 
ships sailing from Liverpool. I finished 
my military career, being in the board room 
for final discharge to St. Dunstan's on 
November 11th, 1918, as the maroons 
went off signalling the end of the war. 

Probably, if I had not had that " live " 
cyst on that predestined eye, I would have 
been in the Navy and never had these 
unique coincidences, so who says that 
horoscopes are all hooey? I wonder what 
my horoscope would have said in 1901 ? 

Yours sincerely. 
Castle Cary. A. J. Radford. 

The Moon System 

Many of the older St. Dunstaners who 
visited Brighton soon after the end of the 
First World War may recall the elderly 
blind man who used to " park " himself on 
the Front near the Fish Market and as soon 
as he heard anyone approaching would 
read aloud a few sentences from a raised type 
book. At the time, with our minds full 
of " dot chasing " they probably thought, 
as I did, that this system of raised letters 
was only intended for the lower grade of 
blind person. Now, after some forty 
years I say . . .to blazes with my, or our 
preconceived notions. 

During a recent spell of convalescence at 
Ovingdean, I thought I would fill in some 
of the time and have a " bash " at this 
Moon system of reading. You can imagine 
my surprise and pleasure, after three weeks' 
reading in the Braille Room, half an hour 
morning and afternoon, to find that I had 
got through. I was now able to read 
again after all these years. I am nearly 

In the case of the older man what nicer 
and easier way to read again than the Moon 
system ! 

It may be interesting to note that Dr. 
Moon (the inventor of this system) used 
to live in Brighton and some of his books 
are still being printed there. 

There are many up-to-date features and 
stories in the Moon books. 

A capital New Year's resolution. 
Carterton, Oxford. H. A. Hammett. 

•k -k -k 

At Reading Fatstock Show, G. W. R. 
Shepherd, of Whitchurch Hill, won third 
prize in the Pork Carcass class. 
• • • 

J. Bocking, of Morecambe, presented 
a bouquet to the Mayoress of Morecambe 
when she and the Mayor officially opened 
a special house for the blind at which they 
can meet, do handicrafts and have social 


Round the Clubs 


The Cardiff Club held their Annual Christ- 
mas Dinner on January 3rd at the Bristol 

A special invitation was sent to our Lady 
Visitor, Miss Blebto, which was accepted 
and we were all very pleased to welcome 

Our party enjoyed real Christmas fare, 
cooked and served in very pleasant sur- 
roundings. After dinner we lifted our 
glasses in a toast to Her Majesty the Queen. 
Our chairman, Mr. J. Caple, gave a short 
address in which he thanked everyone who 
had helped to make the event such a success. 
Everyone present received a gift, which 
was handed over by Miss Blebto, and there 
were many surprises to show one another 
as the gifts ranged from collar studs to 
canned beer and braces for the gents; the 
ladies received jewellery and household re- 
quisites. No one knew where the presents 
really came from but we do know who 
brought them into the room. "Father 
Christmas" thought of everything, only 
the "tree" was missing. 

The little "Private Bar" did a roaring 

Balloons were bursting, games and dancing 
went on and everyone was gay and happy. 
All too soon as the clock struck the hour of 
11, our party came to a close but it will 
always be remembered as an outstanding 

Arthur Lane, Hon. Secretary. 


One of the happiest and j oiliest events 
in the calendar of the Liverpool Club is 
the Christmas Party. This year's cele- 
brations were held on Saturday, December 
13th, and were attended by all members 
and their wives and escorts. We were 
pleased to have with us once again as 
Guest of Honour, Miss B. Vaughan-Davies, 
also Miss P. Everett and Miss Broughton, 
Welfare Visitors to this area. 

After enjoying an excellent meal, at which 
crackers were pulled with great gusto, our 
President, Captain E. Halloway, proposed 
the toast to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke 
of Lancaster. This was followed by a 
cheery and warm-hearted welcome to our 
guests by the Chairman, Bill Simpson, and 
replied to with her usual charm and wit by 
B. V.-D. herself. 

Formalities over, we settled down to enjoy 

the high spot of the evening, being, as 
always, the very excellent entertainment 
provided by Mr. George Lamb and his 
friends. It was indeed a wonderful show 
and voted by all to be the best ever. 

Miss Davies then presented, on behalf 
of the Club, prizes to the winners 
and runners-up of our Club competitions 
and those of the Sir Arthur Pearson 
Memorial Competitions. After this a box 
of chocolates was presented to each of the 
ladies; there were handkerchiefs for the 
men, and the children present also received 
gifts from the Club. The evening came 
to a close with the joining of hands for 
Auld Lang Syne. 

Liverpool Club sends greetings for a happy 
and prosperous New Year to all St. 
Dunstaners and their families and also 
to the members of St. Dunstan's Staffs. 

T. Milner, Hon. Secretary. 


The series of Club meetings for 1958 
was completed on December 17th, when 
the Christmas party was held at the Welling- 
ton Hotel, Manchester, which has been the 
Club's headquarters since March, 1958. 

We regretted that two members were un- 
able to be present owing to sickness, but it 
was pleasing to see our Club room filled with 
members and their escorts bent on having 
a very pleasant evening, and we were 
especially pleased to welcome as guests 
Miss Everett, our Welfare Visitor, and Miss 
Vaughan-Davies, who really does enjoy mix- 
ing with her old friends of St. Dunstan's. 

The evening commenced with a general 
mixing of members and escorts with their 
friends as a prelude to taking their places 
at the tables for the serving of a full Christ- 
mas dinner, beautifully prepared and sup- 
plied straight from the kitchen to the com- 
plete satisfaction of all present. 

By the time these notes appear, the Club's 
Annual General Meeting will have been 
held and we extend an invitation to St. 
Dunstaners who are not already members to 
consider taking part in our activities, and 
to give encouragement to the Committee and 
officials. Jim Shaw, Secretary. 


On December 20th the Sutton Club 
held a very successful Christmas Party, its 
first real party of this kind. Our President, 
Lady Onslow, welcomed as our honoured 
guests, Lord and Lady Fraser. 

In congratulating us all on the success 


of our Club, Lord Fraser particularly re- 
ferred to Lady Onslow, "who has also been 
such a long term good friend of St. Dun- 
stan's," and Mrs. Spurway, "I can't imagine 
how she helps everyone at St. Dunstan's, 
wherever they are on almost every oc- 

Amid applause, Lady Fraser presented 
the Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial prizes 
to the winners. 

Charlie Luker later entertained us with 
his conjuring tricks and Diane and her 
Company brought many laughs with their 
witty sketches. Altogether it was a 
thoroughly enjoyable party. I would like to 
take this opportunity of thanking all the 
wives for the help they have given us 
during the time the Club has been running. 
And I must also thank Miss Stevens for all 
the help she quietly gives us at all our 
Future meetings: 

January 24th, February 21st, March 
21st, April 25th, May 23rd, June 20th. 
Ted Dudley, Chairman. 

"Sister McCarthy" 

The news of the death of Mrs. R. Sheehan, 
better known to St. Dunstaners, particularly 
of the First War, as " Sister McCarthy," 
will come as a great shock to her many 

Mrs. Sheehan, a trained nurse, was Dis- 
pensary Sister first at the old West House, 
then at Ovingdean, and during the war 
years at the Blackpool Home. In the sad 
days of 1937 and 1940 it was she who 
nursed Matron Thellusson and Matron 
Boyd-Rochfort in their last illnesses. 

In 1943 she married our St. Dunstaner, 
Robert Sheehan, to whom will go the 
sympathy of the St. Dunstaners all over 
the country who knew and loved her and 
who will grieve at her passing. 

Talking Book Library- 
Una dventurous New Year 

First I must apologise to readers in that 
this particular column is simply clearing 
up releases from 1958 and presents to them 
but a limited variety of reading matter. 

Since new releases now come to me in 
batches of 20 and more it is not surprising 
that this column is in a permanent state 
of trying to catch up with what is new. 
Pray excuse, therefore, what is fated to be a 
sort of squirrel in a cage performance on 
my part. Autobiographies, history, and 
religion, tempered by four promising 

"also released," make this month's total. 

" Count Your Blessings," by Sir Brunei 
Cohen, reader Arthur Bush, is the auto- 
biography of one of the most outstanding 
legless men of the 1914—1918 war. The 
British Legion has occupied a great part 
of his life and involved him in much interest- 
ing travel and in meeting celebrities all 
over the world. He seems to be a man who 
earned the knighthood conferred upon 
him. Cat. No. 309. 

" Scotland Yard," by Sir Harold Scott, 
reader Arthur Bush, is something more 
than an autobiography of a Chief Com- 
missioner, as it discusses, most interestingly 
from the inside, the establishment and 
organisation of our C.I.D. Cat. No. 403. 

" In the Steps of St. Francis," by E. Ray- 
mond, reader Eric Gillett, has a great 
fascination because it is the biography of he 
whom a large number of people consider to 
be the greatest of the saints. Perhaps this 
book will make or has made the number 
even larger. Cat. No. 575. 

"The Scrolls from the Dead Sea," by 
Edmund Wilson, reader Alvar Lidell, is 
disappointing in that it whets the appetite 
then rather leaves one flat. The feeling 
the book inspires that at any moment some 
of the mystery of Christ's missing 18 years 
will be torn away comes to nothing, but this 
book covers so small a portion of the writings 
found, that the hope remains that Jesus 
Christ spent the greater part of that 18 
years studying and absorbing the true 
religion of the Essene sect. Besides a little 
information about the contents, the adven- 
ture of finding the Scrolls and extricating 
them from acquisitive Arabs is interesting 
in itself. Cat. No. 572. 

Also released :—" Love was the Reason," 
by Molly Seymour, reader Peter Fettes. 
Cat. No. 614. "Three Houses," by Angela 
Thirkell, reader Marjorie Anderson. Cat. 
No. 121. " They Came to Baghdad," by 
Agatha Christie, reader Peter Fettes. Cat. 
No. 425. " Genevieve," by J. D. White, 
reader Duncan Carse. Cat. No. 116. "The 
Story of Australia," by A. G. L. Shaw, 
reader Colin Wills, is a brief and interesting 
history of the founding of the states in 
Australia, their expansion and progress and 
eventual Federation. It has been a colossal 
struggle but the advent of the aeroplane 
this century has made the sky the limit in 
the future development of this huge 
continent. Cat. No. 453. 



High Water at Ovingdean 

From the Evening Argus, Brighton, 
January 8th: 

"Blind St. Dunstaners had to be tempora- 
rily evacuated from the main floor of their 
Training Centre at Ovingdean to-day when 
a burst water pipe threatened to cause a 
flood. Brighton Fire Brigade were called 
to stop the flow and prevent water from 
entering the lift shaft. 

"Said a spokesman at St. Dunstan's : 'It 
was not very serious really . . .We moved 
some of the men off the main floor and soon 
had the water mopped up. The men were 
able to come back and now we are drying 
out nicely.' 

"Said a Fire Brigade spokesman: . . 'There 
was quite a bit of water sloshing about at 
one time but no damage was caused.' " 

The Missing Witness 

Breakfast swiftly swallowed — 
Ckewing makes one late 
Joining in the queue for 
Mag. tricilicate. 
'Spensary door is open — 
"Bring in jour pains and ills — 
Chronic indigestion ? 
Try our new Pink Pills!" 
In the Lounge the hubbub 
Shakes the very walls, 
Paper-reading! Tetters! 
Endless bells and calls! 
Suddenly — it happens! 
All Niagara breaks — 
Waters from a hydrant 
Pouring forth in lakes! 
"Get the men out quickly! 
Women and children last! 
Never mind which way, girls! — 
Get them moving — -fast!" 
On a raft Miss Taylor 
With the "Walk Book" sits. 
"Staying in this morning? 
Wear your Frogmen Kits." 
Dear Miss Carlton chants sea- 
Shanties {rather low!) 
Pausing now and then 
Takes all her breath to row, 
Mrs. Mac is firing 
Rockets of distress 
As the rising waters 
Claim her new grey dress. 
Tiftman, going down; sings 
"Pussy's in the well" — 
"Tired of dialling 999— 
Surfacing" shouts Kell. 
Round and round like goldfish 

In their kiosk small 
Sivim the Osborne family 
In the Entrance Hall. 
Commandant arriving, 
Sums up in a flash — 
Something must be leaking! 
Save the petty cash!" 
V.A.D.s go diving 
From the curtain rails, 
"Chiefy" hoists a tea cloth — 
And away he sails. 
Fire Brigade, arriving, 
Swiftly stems the flow, 
Finding scenes of havoc 
Everywhere they go. 
On the grand piano 
Barnacles and slime. 
From the swinging lampshades 
Men begin to climb. 

• • • 
Meanwhile quite oblivous, 
Three floors overhead, 
I am on a "day-off" 
Snooping in my bed! 

"Smithie", V.A.D. 


Beattie. — On December 22nd, to the wife 
of J. Beattie, of Mobberley, Cheshire, a 
son — Colin Timothy. 

Newton. — On January 10th, to the wife 
of R. Newton, of Oldham, a daughter. 


Golding — Woolard. — On January 17th, 

M. Golding, of Thornton Hrath, to Mrs. 

M. Woolard. 
Seymour — Crowther. — On December 31 st. 

W. Seymour, of Tufnell Park, to Mrs. 

Hettie Crowther. 

Our deep 
following : — 
Hier. — To J 


sympathy goes out to the 


Hier, of Kenfig Hill, near 

South Wales, whose wife 

December 21st, after a 


died on 

Shallcross. — To C. Shallcross, of Moulds- 
worth, Chester, whose father died on 
January 13th, at the age of 87. 

Sheehan.- — To R. Sheehan, of Bridgwater, 
Somerset, whose wife died on November 
7th. Mrs. Sheehan will be remembered 
by many St. Dunstaners as Sister Mc- 

Underwood. — To W. Underwood, of 
Alton, whose mother has died at the age 
of 86. 


In Mtmat^' 

Private Leslie Joseph Appleton, Beds, and Herts. Regiment. 

With deep regret we record the death of L. J. Appleton, of Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead, at the 
age of forty. 

He was a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, returning home in 1945, and when he came to St. 
Dunstan's he was in very poor health. He was a chair case, but nevertheless learned and enjoyed a little rug 
work. During his thirteen years at home, he had spent almost twelve of them in various hospitals. He 
entered Stoke Mandeville Hospital five years ago and it was there that he died on December 27th. 

He leaves a widow and two young daughters to whom our deepest sympathy is sent. 
Sydney Llewellyn Ball, Munitions Factory. 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of S. L. Ball, of Neath, Glamorgan; which occured 
at his home on January 4th. He was 68. 

He lost his sight as a result of an accident in a munitions factory during the last war which also 
resulted in other grave disabilities, including that of deafness. Because of his heavy disabilities, training of a 
serious nature was not possible, but he was able to do a little weaving at home. He bore his many 
handicaps with great courage. 

To his widow and family we send our deep sympathy. 

Private Herbert Horace Burnett, Labour Corps; previously Royal Fusiliers. 

With deep regret we record the death of H. H. Burnett, of Enfield, at the age of 75. 

He came to St. Dunstan's in 1936, and trained on wool rugs, and for some years he did this. 
In 1943 he took on work at home for a factory, and the following year entered a factory where he stayed 
until he was put out of work by a fire there. Since then |he had made wool rugs and only ceased doing 
them when he became ill a few months ago. He entered Chase Farm Hospital and he died there on January 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his sons and daughters who have cared for him almost continuously 
since the death of his wife in 1951. One of his daughters is married to our St. Dunstaner, George Dennis, 
of Enfield. 

Private George Kilsby, Army Service Corps {Motor Transport). 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of George Kilsby, of Brighton. He was 75. 

He came to St. Dunstan's in January, 1921, and trained in telephony. 'He took a post and continued 
as a telephonist until his retirement in 1948. His wife had died a year earlier and for a while after retirement he 
was semi-permanently at Brighton. He remarried in 1950 and settled in the town. On December 23rd, he 
entered Pearson House for a period of complete rest but he died there suddenly on December 31st. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mrs. Kilsby in her loss. 

Private William Mclvor, King's Own Scottish Borderers 

We record with deep regret the death of W. Mclvor, of Maryport, Cumberland, at the age of 72. 

Enlisting in August, 1914, he left the Army in 1918 and it was not until 1955 that he came to St. 
Dunstan's, and his age and health then made training out of the question. He was able to spend part of each 
year at Pearson House but despite his poor health his death was unexpected. 

To Mrs. Mclvor and her family our very sincere sympathy is sent. 

Private William Peters, King's Liverpool Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. Peters, of Huyton, Lancashire. He was 65 
and he died in hospital on December 14th. 

He enlisted in June, 1915, and was wounded in France in September, 1918. He entered St. Dunstan's 
the following February, and trained as a mat maker and netter and he had followed his crafts for many years 
although he had been in poor health for some time. One of his greatest interests was the keeping of pigeons. 
He was a keen fancier. 

He leaves a widow and family to whom our deep sympathy is extended. 

Private Frederick James Robbins, Labour Corps. 

We record, with deep regret, the death on December 24th, of F. J. Robbins, of Almondsbury, near 
Bristol. He was 61. 

He came to St. Dunstan's only in 1951 when his health was not at all good. He had previously 
been employed making wool rugs for the Gloucester County Blind Association and he continued to do this 
as a hobby. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Robbins and her family, 

H. A. Henderson, New Zealand Forces. 
Colin William Hooton, New Zealand Forces. 
We have heard, with deep regret of the death, in November, of H. A. Henderson, of Auckland, New 
Zealand, but no further details are available. 

We have also heard with deep regret of the death of C. W. Hooton, also, of Auckland, New Zealand, 
who served with the 3rd Echelon in Eygpt, and was discharged from the Forces in 1944. 
Our deep sympathy goes to their relatives. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 467— Volume XLII 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


Not Within Living Memory 

AN event which has not occurred within living memory — be it pleasant or unpleasant — 
is a notable experience. I have had to do with two such events within a week. 
The first was when I went out fishing in False Bay at Cape Town with a friend of 
mine and caught three tunny — a very sporting fish — one of which weighed over 701bs. We 
were in a 25-ton motor vessel about twenty miles out in the roughest sea that can be imagined, 
and it took me half an hour to land the fish, while the boat pitched and tossed and cork- 
screwed and threatened to tip us overboard at any minute. The only safety lay in sitting in 
the chair with one's feet against the railing. One of my friends on the boat did, in fact, 
tip over when he was standing against the railings and the boat lurched, but he managed 
to hold on with one hand, trailing in the water up to his waist, till others pulled him back. 

One of my tunny was attacked by a shark while I was pulling it in and came up minus 
its tail after having jumped four of five feet in the air to avoid the menace. 

But many people have caught two or three tunny before, and the notable event here was 
that this was a day of days. The Cape Times described it as a dav when over 300 tunny were 
killed, and no living person can remember anything like this happening before in the Cape or, 
they believe, anywhere else in the world. 

When I got up to the Orange Free State, on the borders of Basutoland, where the 
headquarters of my business are, I was met by a hailstorm the like of which had not been 
seen in living memory. A narrow band of hail, perhaps a mile or two wide, swept across 
the countryside and amongst other things destroyed our garden with extraordinary com- 
pleteness. Almost every leaf on every tree, and certainly every peach, pear, plum, fig and 
flower, melon and vegetable above the ground was shattered and ruined, and they had to 
be carried away in cartloads. Three and a half inches of rain and two or three inches of 
hail — some of the stones being as big as a pigeon's egg — in an hour is certainly a phenomenon. 

At Cape Town, where I had a delightful few days with seme friends of mine, and in 
Johannesburg, Lady Fraser and I met St. Dunstaners and friends of St. Dunstan's, and in 
the latter city we attended a reunion to which men came from Pretoria, Krugersdorp and 
other towns nearby. All the St. Dunstaners I met were in good shape and many were 
actively engaged in various occupations and doing well. I gave them best wishes from 
Britain, and they asked me to send theirs back. 

Wherever you go in the Commonwealth you meet St. Dunstaners and find that the 
name of St. Dunstan's is held in high regard. 

I return to-morrow to the Free State and Basutoland, where I have much business to do 
in my group of family companies, but I hope to get a day or two off when visiting trading 
stations in the mountains to kill a few trout in some of the mountain rivers. 




Reunions — 1959 

All Reunions will be held at 12.30 


Sat., April 4th 
Tues., April 7th 
Sat., April 18th 
Sat., May 2nd 
Sat., May 9th 
Tues., May 12th 
Thurs., May 14th 
Sat., May 23rd 
Thurs., June 11th 
Sat., June 13th 
Thurs., June 18th 
Sat., June 20th 
Fri., June 26th 
Thurs., July 2nd 
Sat., July 4th 
Wed., Sept. 9th 
Fri., Sept. 11th 
Sat., Sept. 12th 
Fri., Oct. 2nd 

Wed.,Oct. 21st 





















(Evening function) 


(Evening function) 

p.m. for 1 p.m. 
otherwise stated. 

Member of Executive 
Council Presiding 

Sir Neville Pearson 

The Ven. Archdeacon Bunt 

Sir Neville Pearson 

Lord Fraser 

Colonel Ansell 

Colonel Ansell 

Lord Fraser 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell 

Lord Fraser 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell 

Sir Neville Pearson 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell 

Sir Brian Horrocks 

Lord Fraser 

Lord Fraser 

Lord Fraser 

Sir Neville Pearson 

lunch, with afternoon tea, unless 


Grand Spa 

Red Lion 



White Hart 


Wellington Park 




Royal Station 



Great White Horse 





Lord Fraser 

Lyon's Corner House, Coventry 


Seventh International Handicrafts 
and Do It Yourself Exhibition 

The Seventh International Handicrafts 
and Do It Yourself Exhibition will be held 
this year at the Empire Hall, Olympia, 
London, from the 3rd to the 19th Septem- 

The British Handicrafts Competition 
will again be run in conjunction with the 
Exhibition. There will be money prizes 
as well as silver and bronze plaques and 
medals. Section 1 will cover woodwork, 
pottery, basketry, leatherwork, marquetry, 
metalwork, weaving, lampshade making, 
embroidery, knitting, crochet, tapestry, 
general needlework, toy making and general 

Section 2 will cover all these classes but 
is reserved for competitors who are physi- 
cally handicapped. 

Section 3 covers the same classes but is 
reserved for competitors who are blind. 

St. Dunstaners wishing to enter this 
Competition can obtain full details and 
application forms from Mr. Wills. 

The Royal Tournament and 
Trooping the Colour Ceremony 

It is hoped that a few complimentary 
tickets for the Royal Tournament and 
Trooping the Colour Ceremony will be 
presented to St. Dunstan's again this year, 
and I shall be pleased to receive the names 
of any St. Dunstaners who would like to 
attend. If there are more applications than 
tickets we will, as usual, hold a ballot and 
notify everybody concerned nearer the time. 

Both these events take place on a week- 

C. D. Wills. 
" Moon " 

There must be a number of St. Dunstaners 
who are interested in reading but feel they 
cannot tackle Braille. Why not try 
" Moon " ? There are many books printed 
in " Moon " type nowadays and it does not 
take long to learn it. We can arrange a 
visit to Ovingdean for necessary tuition if 
you decide to consider taking the course. 
Do think about it, as reading affords so 
much interest and pleasure. 

C. D. Wills. 


London Club Notes 

The Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial prizes 
were presented by Mr. A. D. Lloyds at the 
London Club on Thursday, February 5th. 
The winners were as follows: — 
Dominoes (Knock-out) : 

Winner: W. Lacey; Runner-up: T. 
Darts (Totally Blind) : 

Winner: W. Lacey; Runner-up: G. P. 
Crib : 

Winner: W. Bishop; Runner-up: A. 
Dominoes (Aggregate Score) : 

Winner: H. Ollington. 
Whist (Aggregate Score) : 

Winner: W. Bishop. 

• • • 

There were five tables at Miss Hensley's 
Bridge Drive at the Club on Saturday, 
January 31st. Miss Hensley was helped by 
Miss Morrah and it was a most enjoyable 
afternoon with nice prizes and a very good 

Following the Bridge Drive, a presenta- 
tion was made to Miss Scott, who has just 
retired from the Welfare Department 
(Southern Area). The presentation, which 
took the form of an electric blanket, was 
made by Mr. Sammy Webster, who ex- 
pressed the Club's sincere thanks for Miss 
Scott's services as its secretary. 

• • • 

A week prior to Christmas members were 
delighted to welcome again our very good 
friend, Mrs. Sykes, together with Mrs. 
Sassoon. We are most grateful to Mrs. 
Sykes for her continued generosity over 
several years. Thank you ladies! 

S. Webster. 


Congratulations to Ted Dunlop, of On- 
tario, who has been appointed a Governor 
of the Canadian Broadcasting Association. 

• • • 

Kenneth Mclntyre now holds the import- 
ant post of Senior Lecturer in History at 
Durban University, South Africa, and he 
says that the work of the Department 
increases every year. Four hundred students 
are at present enrolled and that number is 
expected to be exceeded this year. Mr. and 
Mrs. Mclntyre are looking forward to 
returning to Britain at the end of 1960 for 
a holiday. 

Royal Naval Barracks, Lee-on-Solent 

I have, very good news for campers. We 
are being invited once again to Lee-on- 
Solent for Camp from Friday, August 21st, 
to Saturday, August 29th. Camp fee : £2. 
Please Note: Entries to be sent to: 
Mrs. Sheila McLeod, 
The Firs, 

Ranvilles Lane, 

Fareham, Hants. 
The reason — my daughter is getting 
married to Lieut. A. Lovell Smith, r.n., on 
March 30th; to fit in with his leave it has 
to be rushed through by this date. I 
simply cannot attend to Camp letters until 
after the wedding, so please do remember 
to write to Mrs. McLeod and not to me 
this year. Avis Spurway. 

" Big Day for the Colonel " 

Under this title, on February 13th, the 
Daily Mirror carried an excellent photograph 
and story concerning Colonel M. P. Ansell, 
c.b.e., d.s.o., Member of St. Dunstan's 
Council. The caption ran: 

" A proud moment is pictured on the 
left. A proud moment for Colonel ' Mike ' 
Ansell, Colonel of the 5th Royal Inniskilling 
Dragoon Guards . . . and for his son, who 
was passing out as an officer at Aldershot 

" The son is following his father as a 
cavalry officer. He will serve with the 12th 
Royal Lancers. Colonel Ansell, who is 
Chairman of the British Show Jumping 
Association, was blinded in the last war." 

Sutton Club Notes 

We held our Annual General Meeting on 
the 24th January, at the Sutton Adult 
School Hall. 

The existing Committee comprising: 
Chairman: Ted Dudley; Treasurer: Bob 
GifFard ; Secretary : Florrie Parsons ; Com- 
mittee : R. Dow (Vice-Chairman), B. Miller, 
E. Cookson, C. Luker and J. Taylor was 

The major part of the afternoon was 
spent in discussing the activities of the 
Club for the future. 

Any new members will be very welcome 
as this year we are again giving prizes 
under the Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial 
Fund, but we hope to increase the number 
of games played ; in view of this the games 
must be arranged very shortly. 

Ted Dudley, Chairman. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

Some of my braille letters are written 
on half sheets rolled into a short, stout 
letter, others on full-length sheets rolled 
sideways to a long slender letter; so when 
I picked out the " mags." and a letter from 
my box the other day, I proceeded to open 
the only " letter." " Why, this isn't 
braille," I said to my wife, " it's a book." 
She turned from cooking the breakfast and 
said, " It is a piece of music called ' Life and 
Death '." 

Some of my friends will imagine what 
the effect was upon me — a piece of music 
sent to me and called "Life and Death!" 
My wife found the outer wrapper, however, 
and was able to take it along to the girl 
it was addressed to, and should have been 
delivered to! 

Yours sincerely, 
Southwick. G. Fallowfield. 

Dear Editor, 

I feel that my experiences taking one of 
the suggested Braille Refresher Courses 
are worth mentioning. 

I had my first braille tuition some fourteen 
years ago at Church Stretton and during 
my period of employment as a telephonist 
did not use it very much; in fact, I neglected 
using it. 

So I thought — now I have the time there's 
nothing to stop me having a go. I did 
not enter the Braille Room at Ovingdean 
purely for reading but took a full dose, 
going over the writing and reading. I was 
surprised how much I had forgotten, and 
also pleasantly surprised at what I had 
remembered. I did not appear to tire my 
tutor unduly and I am sure he is a man of 
great patience. I have increased my read- 
ing speed about double what I could do 
when I first started and am now reaching the 
pitch where I can fully enjoy my books and 
articles, having learned to trust my fingers 
and to " read " the words and not do so 
much guessing. I am thoroughly enjoying 
it. I know, of course, that I may not 
pass a speed test. I hope I do, but even 
if I do not, I am amply repaid by having 
given myself many hours of enjoyable 

So come on, you others whose braille 
has been neglected, and learn to enjoy a 
bit of reading when you might otherwise 
just sit around and grow old quicker. 

Yours sincerely, 
Saltdean. John A. Mudge. 

To Stand for Parliament 

From the London Evening News, February 
4th, 1959: 

" A blind physiotherapist, 39 years old 
Michael Burns, of Westcliff, will fight Putney 
for the Liberals at the next General Election. 

" He was blinded when a land mine 
exploded during the invasion of Madagas- 
car, in 1942. 

" Why has he been chosen? ' Purely on 
his merits as a candidate,' Mr. Howard 
Wall,secretary of Putney Liberal Association, 
told me. 

" He will be helped by his attractive wife, 
Margaret, who is secretary of Chalkwell 
Ward Liberal Association." 


C. Hancock, of West Drayton (his son's 
wife had a son on January 29th) ; B. Parker, 
of Little Bytham, Grantham (a grand- 
daughter) ; G. Brooks, of Bedford (his eldest 
son's wife had a daughter on January 28th) ; 
C. W. Cummings, of Verwood, Dorset 
(two granddaughters) ; a grandson for J. W. 
Rutter of Eccles, and another grand- 
daughter for G. T. Pinner, of Widcombe, 
Bath, bringing the total of his grand- 
children up to twenty-seven or twenty- 
eight — when this one was reported he said 
he had lost count! 

The Wheels of Industry 

The wheels of industry are turning still, 
At engineering we are taught our drill 
With micrometer, vernier and capstan lathe 
We are taught the way our time to save. 

Jim Hawkins is a well-known name — 
lie sought for treasure on the boundless main, 
The capstan he does teach us proper, 
{All rejects go in Dickie Jones's locker). 

With Spring come the flowers and Lilleys too, 

Now Derek shows them what to do, 

And just when it gets around to me 

Then the work just stops, it's time for tea! 

The wages are low, no bonus rate, 
How long before we get the gate? 
If you are ambitious, don't stop here long, 
What the devil brought old Sugden along? 

Time to knock-off, time to go, 

¥ or your long day's toil, what's there to show? 

The rejects gone, the good ones too, 

At engineering we haven't a clue. 

Ovingdean. W. W. Holmes. 


Manchester Club Notes 

The Annual General Meeting of members 
was held on January 21st, when the follow- 
ing appointments were made: — 

Pre sident : Mr. J. Mooney; Chairman: Mr. 
H. W. Bramley; Vice-Chairman : Mr. H. 
Frost ; Hon. Treasurer : Mr. W. McCarthy ; 
Hon. Secretary : Mr. J. Shaw. 

The Chairman expressed thanks to those 
holding office during 1958 for the valuable 
services rendered, and to the ladies who had 
helped so much with the games. 

For the current year a revised, and what 
is hoped will be a more attractive pro- 
gramme, is contemplated, and the Com- 
mittee hope that members will attend 
meetings regularly, and that more local St. 
Dunstaners will come along to the meetings 
on the 4th and 25th March, the 8th and 
22nd April, and May to December on the 
first and third Wednesdays in each month. 

J. Shaw, 



J. Greenwood, of Worthing, with Mrs. 
Greenwood, left for Queensland, Australia, 
on January 29th. They are visiting Mrs. 
Greenwood's brother and will not be back 
in this country until August. 

• • • 

A. G. Briggs, of Norwich, and Mrs. 
Briggs are visiting America at the end of 
the month for the second time in seven 
years. They will see their daughters, Doris, 
in New York, Vera, in New Jersey, and 
Iris in California. 

• • • 

Harry and Mrs. Gover are in the Canary 
Islands and will be returning to Leigh-on- 
Sea on about March 8th. 

News from the Isle of Man 

Norton Christal has been elected 
Chairman of the Isle of Man County of the 
British Legion, and A. H. Simcocks has 
been elected County Secretary for the fourth 

This means that the British Legion in the 
Isle of Man has a St. Dunstaner both as 
County Chairman and County Secretary 
(Mr. Christal has been Chairman of his 
own Branch at Castletown for many years 

Mr. Simcocks has also recently been 
elected Chairman of the Isle of Man Local 
War Pensions Committee. 

Mr. S. Durrant 

St. Dunstaners, particularly our boot 
repairers, will be sorry to learn of the death 
of Mr. Durrant, who retired just over a 
a year ago after years with St. Dunstan's 
as Chief Boot Instructor. Mr. Durrant's 
health had not been good for some little 
time and it is sad that he did not have long 
to enjoy his retirement. We extend our 
sympathy to his widow and members of 
the family. 

Messrs. S. C. Hall and F. Grover from 
Headquarters, with St. Dunstaners C. A. 
Luker and H. C. Ollington, attended the 


Miss M. K. Wilson thanks the many St. 
Dunstaner friends from North, South and 
Overseas, for their wonderful cards and 
calendars. She deeply appreciates their 
rememberance of her even in her retirement. 
Much as she would like to acknowledge 
them individually, this is not possible. 

In Print 

A poem by E. H. North, of Taunton, 
" The Blind Shall See," has been published 
in " Jellabad," the regimental magazine of 
the Somerset Light Infantry, and a copy 
has been placed in Taunton Public Library. 

G. Waterworth, of Coventry, was awarded 
£1 for an article on his Camp holiday at 
Lee-on-Solent, and it is to be featured in 
his firm's Group magazine. 

Wise Words 

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is 

— Samuel Johnson. 

A man should study always to keep cool. 
He makes his inferiors his superiors by heat. 

— R. W. Emerson. 

I never refuse. I never conradict. I some- 
times forget. 

— Benjamin Disraeli. 


Talking Book Library 

Winter's Tales 

Another seven excellent and varied books 
are here laid out for your amusement this 

" Dead for a Ducat," by Leo Bruce, 
reader Arthur Bush, is, as the title implies, 
a murder story. Two or three deaths occur 
in a large country house which call, in 
fact cry out, for police investigation. A 
schoolmaster-cum-investigator tells the 
story, and there is hardly a character in the 
whole enquiry who appears incapable of 
having perpetrated at least one of the 
sudden deaths. A good yarn with an 
interesting little twist in timing. Cat. No. 

" The Dark Stranger," by Dorothy 
Charques, reader Duncan Carse, is mainly 
a witch hunt in the days of the Civil War. 
A thread of spy and counter-spy also 
runs through the story. Roundhead hero 
has to extricate Cavalier heroine from 
witchcraft charge and at the same time 
see that her associates are condemned. 
The atmosphere is convincing and the 
whole somehow refreshingly sinister. Cat. 
No. 483. 

"The Moonstone," by Wilkie Collins, 
readers Duncan Carse and L. Browne, has 
the reputation of being the forefather of 
all subsequent detective stories. The long 
trail is fired by the disappearance of the 
£30,000 stone at a house party in honour 
of the heroine's birthday. A story of the 
affair is extracted from every person in the 
house at the time, producing much mis- 
understanding and a fine selection of red 
herrings and sordid revelations. It requires 
weird experiment to straighten the whole 
thing out. Sinister reading again but none 
the worse for that. Cat No. 152. 

" Variable Winds at Jalna," by Mazo de 
la Roche, reader Eric Gillett, is the fourth, 
or is it the third, volume in the Canadian 
family saga of the Whiteoaks. Cat. No. 

" Fear is the Same," by Carter Dickson, 
reader Andrew Timothy, is an interesting 
experiment with time. A present day young 
man slips back to Regency days and, on the 
run for a murder he didn't commit, keeps 
remembering the future and recognising 
people from it. Both an exciting yarn and 

an interesting experiment. Cat. No. 524. 

" Boy on a Dolphin," by David Divine, 
reader Robert Gladwell, concerns the rescue 
of an antique sculpture from the bed of the 
Mediterranean. The hero establishes his 
base on a Greek island and commences 
diving operations in an atmosphere of 
intrigue, unreliable information, and op- 
position. The struggle between himself 
and a Greek gang to recover the statue 
becomes hair-raisingly exciting and a lovely 
girl helps the story along. Dive in! Cat. 
No. 521. 

" Peter Jackson, Cigar Merchant," by 
Gilbert Frankau, reader Franklin Engel- 
mann, is an excellent story of the First 
World War which scuppers the main 
character financially, yet in many other 
directions makes him. Poignant and en- 
joyable. Cat. No. 151. 

To Our Artillerymen 

Through the Appeals Department, the 
members of the Royal Artillery Association, 
Harwich Branch, send good wishes to all 
St. Dunstaners. They would, their secre- 
tary says, be more than happy to hear from 
any ex-gunner who would care to write 
to them at 10 Station Road, Dovercourt, 

Judo Exponent 

Gilbert Stanley, of Market Harborough, 
one of the most enthusiastic members of 
the local Judo Club, has become an " orange 
belt." First he had the novice's red belt, 
then the white and later the yellow. Now, 
with two wins and a draw at a special test 
he has gone a stage further in his progress 
towards the higher grades. An excellent 
picture of Gilbert at his switchboard 
appeared with a story in the local paper. 

Ruby Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Abbey, of Enfield Town, 
February 15th. Many congratulations. 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations too, to Mr. and Mrs. 
J. W. Lawson, of Stretton, near Warrington, 
whose Silver Wedding was on February 3rd. 


Family News 

Edna and May, the twin daughters of 
Stan Barton, of Bootle, have passed with 
merit the Grade 4 Guildhall School of 
Music examination held recently in Liver- 

Malcolm Rosewarne, Denton, Manches- 
ter, is captain of his school and of the school 

• • • 

Fourteen year old Peter McDermott, 
Davyhulme, Lanes., who is top of his form 
again, has won the Machine Drawing 
Prize this year. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Jim Miller, Cardonald, Glasgow, on 
December 27th, in Our Lady of Lourdes 
Chapel, to Miss Kathleen Wilson. 

Derek Briggs, Norwich, on December 

Mercia Millward, of Wooburn Green, on 
January 31st. 

Michael Dalton, Middlesbrough, on Jan- 
uary 17th, to Norma Parry. 

Valerie Shread, King's Lynn, on Novem- 
ber 29th, to Kenneth Mould. 

Edward Robinson, Cookstown, was 
married on December 26th and not on 
December 8th as reported. 

Brighton Club Notes 

The Annual General Meeting was held 
on December 11th and was followed by a 
Grand Domino Drive. 

The Chairman gave a brief outline of the 
Club's activities; this was followed by the 
Treasurer's report, the latter being approved 
by the meeting. 

The Committee vacated their offices and 
stood for re-election, which resulted in the 
same Members of Committee being re- 

Matron Ramshaw honoured us with a 
visit and presented the prizes as follows: — 
Whist ■ A. Martin. Dominoes H. Randell. 
Darts: (A Section): J. Mudge; (S Section): 
F. Rowe. Crib : J. Walch. Dominoes (Fives 
and Threes) : Miss Whiteman. 

Miss Whiteman presented Matron with 

Frank A. 



From All Quarters 

Greetings to all St. Dunstan's friends 
are sent from Captain W. A. Perrin, of 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

The Sheffield Star elected D. Elrod and his 
guide-dog, Dianna, "All round the year 
Santa Claus," for their services to old 
people and the civilian blind. 

• • • 

We have heard with regret that the 
widow of our late St. Dunstaner, A. H. 
Luker, of Boar's Head, Oxford, died on 
January 26th. 

• • • 

Mrs. E. W. Hall, of Didcot, has just lost 
her father at the age of 95. He was 
farming right up to a few months ago. 


Cartwright. — On February 6th, to the 
wife of A. Cartwright, of Whitchurch, 
Cardiff, a son. Mrs. Cartwright was 
Miss Marion Davies (formerly Welfare 
Visitor for Wales). 

Morgan. — On January 14th, to Joyce, wife 
of Freddie Morgan, of Stroud (formerly 
of Bristol), a daughter — Ruth Katherine. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
following : 
Boardman. — To A. J. Boardman, of 

Ealing, whose father died in Manchester 

on January 31st. 
Burnett. — To W. Burnett, of Brighton, 

whose mother died early in January at 

Gateshead, at the age of 83. 
Cruse. — To J. Cruse, of Longbenton, 

whose father died on February 7th. He 

was 84. 
Francis. — To J. Francis, of Hastings, who 

lost his wife on February 8th. 
Glover. — To W. Glover, of Birmingham, 

whose mother died on February 11th, 

following influenza. 
Pattison. — To F. Pattison, of Melling, 

near Liverpool, who lost his wife on 

January 22nd. 
Potter. — To H. Potter, of Hastings, whose 

wife died in hospital on February 10th. 

She had been in poor health for some 

time but iher death was very sudden. 


"lit -ffiUmoriT 

Private Maurice O. Anker, 1st Northants Regt. 

We record with deep regret the death of M. O. Anker, of Earley, Reading. He was 65. 

He came to St. Dunstan's in June, 1918, and trained as a boot-repairer and he continued this w r ork 
in London right up to the time of his retirement in 1956, when he went to live at Reading. He died suddenly 
on January 25th. 

He leaves a widow and two married daughters, to whom we extend our deep sympathy. 
Rifleman Charles Beaumont Baker, 18th London Regt. 

With deep regret we record the death of C. B. Baker, of Enfield, at the age of 60. 

He entered St. Dunstan's in June, 1918, and trained in mat-making, netting and boot-repairing, 
but he continued only with boots. He was an excellent craftsman but in 1955 his health forced him to retire. 
Two years later he lost his wife and has since been cared for by his family. He entered hospital on January 13th, 
and he died there four days later. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his family. 

Private Albert Alfred Brown, Royal Warwickshire Regt. 

With deep regret we record the death of A. A. Brown, of Paddington, London, W. He was just 70. 

He came to us in October, 1951, but his poor health prevented him taking any training. He was 
admitted to hospital in 1955 where he was a patient until he died on January 15th. 

He leaves a widow and two daughters, to whom our deep sympathy goes. 
Sergeant John Henry Burt, Heavy Battery, R.G.A. 

We record with deep regret the death of J. H. Burt, of Southampton, at the age of 64. 

He entered St. Dunstan's in August, 1917, and trained as a masseur. He continued a successful 
practice as a physiotherapist right up to the time of his sudden death on January 20th. 

He had married for the second time in March, 1956, and our deep sympathy is extended to his widow 
and step-child. 

Private William Edwin Clarke, Essex Regt. 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. E. Clarke, of Leicester, at the age of 59. 

Enlisting in October, 1917, he was wounded the following year but it was not until September, 
1957, that he was admitted to the benefits of St. Dunstan's. His age and health then ruled out any question 
of training. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up daughter, to whom we extend our very sincere sympathy. 
Private Alfred Forster, 2J4th South Lanes. Regt. 

We have to record with deep regret the death of A. Forster, of Orford, Warrington. He was 64. 

He joined the Army in October, 1915, and was wounded at Arras in August, 1918. When he came 
to St. Dunstan's in February, 1919, he trained as a mat-maker. He became a first-class craftsman, and had sent 
work to the Stores until quite recently. 

He was a bachelor and he lived with his sister, Mrs. Lawless. Mrs. Lawless lost her husband as 
recently as April of last year and our deep sympathy goes out to her in this double bereavement. 

Private J. Greene, Royal Army Service Corps 

With deep regret we record the death of J. Greene, of Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Eire. He was 69 
and he died in Wicklow Hospital on February 3rd. 

He had served from 1916 to 1919 but came to St. Dunstan's only in December, 1950. He had a farm 
which he ran with his family, but for some time his health had not been good. Nevertheless, his death was 
unexpected. To Mrs. Greene and her family our deep sympathy is sent. 

Corporal James McEwan, Cameron Highlanders 

It is with deep regret that we record that James McEwan has died in hospital at the age of 46. 

He served with his regiment from 1942 to 1944 and entered St. Dunstan's in November, 1947, but 
for over ten years he had not been a fit man. 

Our deep sympathy is tendered to his family. 

Private John McGuire, 1st Gordon Highlanders 

With deep regret we record the death of J. McGuire, of Aberdeen. He died on January 25th at 
Pearson House, where he was having a convalescent holiday following recent illness. 

He had enlisted in February, 1915, and had served until May of the following year, but it was not 
until September, 1953, that he came to St. Dunstan's. He was already a sick man and was unable to train 
even for any hobby work owing to the state of his heart. He had remarried in May, 1956, and prior to this 
had spent several months at Ovingdean. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mrs. McGuire. 

Lieutenant N. A. Ramsden, Royal Field Artillery 

We have heard with deep regret of the death of N. A. Ramsden, of Hinksey Hill, Oxford. 

Mr. Ramsden, who was 80 years old, came to St. Dunstan's in February, 1918, after being wounded 
at Ypres. 

He had been very frail for a long time but had always taken an active interest in St. Dunstan's and in 
local affairs, and many, both inside and outside St. Dunstan's, will remember him with affection. 

He was a widower and our sincere sympathy is extended to his married daughter in this country 
and to his married son in Canada. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 468— Volume XLII 

MARCH, 1959 

Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 



R. D. G. HOPEWELL, m.a., ll.d., who is now a senior and well-known member 
of St. Dunstan's Council and a popular and frequent visitor to Reunions, is the 
author of the article which follows. 

With the coming of the first, faint signs of Spring, we begin to think of the days when, 
up and down the country, St. Dunstaners will be making their way to a leading hotel in the 
big town of their district, to meet old friends, revive old memories, and enjoy the good fare 
and pleasant entertainment which their local Visitor is even now devising for them. 

Reunions have become a very important part of our life, fulfilling many purposes as 
well as giving much enjoyment. A Reunion is a splendid chance to meet the Heads of 
Welfare from London, to put to them one's difficulties and to discuss with them one's 
personal problems; usually much more can be achieved by ten minutes of homely conversation 
in the friendly atmosphere of a Reunion than by pages of letter-writing or by a journey — 
often long and sometimes difficult — to Headquarters. 

A Reunion, too, brings together those who, though they live in the same part of the 
country, may be so situated that they cannot, except on a special occasion, come together 
in friendly meeting — to compare notes, to get the news of families and friends, and so to 
talk over their affairs that light seems to be brought into dark places and difficulties to vanish 
or be made bearable. 

Reunions are very much " local " affairs — each one greatly differing from the others 
and each one strongly marked by local conditions and ways of life. One cannot confuse 
Birmingham with Canterbury; the flat speech of the Midlands sounds very differently from 
the broad vowels and slow enunciation of the West; the singing of Cardiff is not at all like 
that of Tyneside; the enjoyment of the Lancashire Lads and the Yorkshire Tykes may seem 
more lively than the restrained pleasure of the Bristolians; Scotland and Belfast may seem 
rather alike, Dublin is completely " of its own," while Brighton and London are so big 
as to baffle description. Each district, too, has its own idea of entertainment; so, at one 
Reunion there will be a Concert Party; at another, dancing and games; but at all of them, 
almost endless conversation and happy reminiscence. 

For the wives, a Reunion is a welcome change from the ordinariness of everyday life. 
It is pleasant to be waited upon for once, to be free of the stove, the sink and the ironing- 
board; and the children will seem all the more attractive after a day away from them. There 
is a satisfaction, too, in being able to discuss with other wives the eternal shortcomings 
of those most tiresome of children — men; and a great joy in wearing one's smartest clothes 
and seeing how other wives are following the dictates of fashion. 


In all, however, the spirit is the same — -cheerfulness; in all, there is the same feeling of 
security; in all, the same delight in hearing of the progress of the family of St. Dunstan's 
and the doings of its members, and a great pride in the family relationship. 

The Reunion is over far too quickly, both for guests and hosts ; and we go away regret- 
ful that we must wait another year before we can meet again — being fully convinced that 
" The more we are together, the happier we shall be! " 


The Brighton Reunion 

The Brighton Reunion will now take 
place on Monday, October 19th, at the 
Grand Hotel, and not as previously 
announced. Lord Fraser will preside. 
Sutton Club Notes 

Our meeting on February 21st we are 
pleased to say, was well attended, and after 
tea a happy hour was spent by wives and 
escorts, as well as members, playing knock- 
out dominoes. 

This month's meeting is on the 21st and 
the others, until June, are April 25th, May 
23rd and June 20th. 

So cheerio for now and a hearty welcome 
to any new members who would like to 
come along and join us. 

Ted Dudley, 


The Windsor Reunion, May 9th. 

George Eustace will be running a coach 
from Kingston for this Reunion and Ted 
Dudley will be running one from Croydon. 
Will those interested please contact Mr. 
Eustace at Derwent 6471 and Mr. Dudley 
at Croydon 0596. 

44 Years Old 

On March 26th, 1959, St. Dunstan's 
celebrates its 44th birthday. Lord Fraser 
writes : 

" I congratulate St. Dunstan's and St. 
Dunstaners on the occasion of our 44th 
birthday. The fame and good name of 
St. Dunstan's is a fitting memorial to our 
Founder, Sir Arthur Pearson, Bart., and 
to all those St. Dunstaners and others who 
worked for us and have died. Our reputa- 
tion throughout the world has been main- 
tained at a very high level by St. Dunstaners 
themselves and the members of their 
families, by successive members of the 
Executive Council, by our officials and 
staff and by our host of voluntary workers 
and friends amongst the general public. 

" I offer my very warm thanks to all 
of the above and good wishes for many 
successful years to come." 

To Piano Owners 

Our piano agents, Messrs. John Broad- 
wood and Sons Ltd., have drawn our 
attention to what are termed "Door-knocker 
Tuners," who are calling on piano owners 
offering their services at a low price to tune 
pianos. Their method is to oil the keys 
with the result that the piano is completely 

You are therefore recommended to make 
quite sure when having your piano tuned 
that only properly qualified experts are 
employed to do the work. 

C. D. Wills. 
Welfare Superintendent 

In Memoriam 

Miss Dorothy Pain 

O lady with such grace and love 
Whose virtues came from God above 
And sought to help and cheer us all 
And answered each and every call. 
Dear lady, with such grace and charm 
You sheltered us from worldly harm 
And led us from the dark to light, 
You took the place of precious sight. 
We knew you in our days of woe, 
You helped us when our strength was low 
And guided us on darknesses plain 
And cured us in this hour of pain. 
Your love was that of any mother, 
You made us all and each a brother, 
No matter whom or what our creed 
You helped us in our hour of need. 
Now that you have passed away 
Your memory with us will ever stay, 
Your gentleness did plant a seed 
For others to cherish those in need. 
Young and old held you most dear, 
You took us all from a land of fear 
You gave to us a will to thrive, 
Our spirits dead you brought alive, 
Angelic lady whose life divine 
In memory lives, his and mine, 
And with us 'til our dying day 
Forever your loveliness will stay. 

W. W. Holmes. 


London Club Notes 

. — The Harrogate Week will be 
held this year from September 12th — 19th. 
Arrangements have been made for our 
party to be accommodated again at the 
Dirlton Hotel, Ripon Road, and the terms 
per day will be 27s. 6d. inclusive. 

As we must make our final reservations 
at the hotel, will all members who would 
like to join the party send in their names 
to Mr. Wiilis as soon as possible. 

The St. Dunstan's Bridge Congress will 
take place at Ovingdean during the week- 
end of Saturday, November 14th. Will 
all bridge players who are interested and 
wish to enter for the Sir Arthur Pearson 
Cup competitions — namely, for Pairs and 
Teams of Four — send in their names to 
Mr. Bob Willis, at the London Club, at 
the same time giving the name of the 
partner they have arranged to play with. 
This will enable the Committee to make the 
Draw and ensure the smooth running of 
the competitions at Brighton. If I should 
have any single names sent in, I am afraid 
I cannot guarantee a partner, but I will do 
my best. 

G. P. B. 

1959 Derby Sweepstake 

The Derby will be run on Wednesday, 
June 3rd, and we invite applications from 
St. Dunstaners and St. Dunstan's trainees 
for tickets in our own Sweepstake. No 
other person may enter. 

Please read the following rules carefully. 

Tickets are 2s. 6d. each and application 
for them should be made as soon as possible 
and will be received up to the first post on 
Wednesday, May 20th. 

Every application must bear the name and 
full address of the sender, together with the 
number of tickets required, and must be sent 
to the Editor, St. Dunstan's Review, 
1 South Audley Street, London, W.l. 

Postal orders should be made payable to 
St. Dunstan's and crossed. (St. Dunstaners 
are advised to send postal orders or cheques 
and not loose money unless it is registered.) 

Tickets will be issued consecutively. 

The total money subscribed, less the cost 
of printing and postage, will be distributed 
as follows: — 

50% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
winning horse; 

20'% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
second horse; 

10% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
third horse; 

20% to be divided cqualty among those drawing 
a horse which actually starts in the race. 

No prize won in the Sweepstake will be 
paid to any person other than the person 
to whom the winning ticket was sold. 

The Draw will take place at the London 
Club on the evening of Thursday, May 28th. 

National Library for the Blind 

E. W. Austin 

Memorial Reading Competition 

The thirtieth E. W. Austin Memorial 
Reading Competition will be held on 
Saturday, May 30th. 

Unseen passages will be read, and prizes 
awarded for fluency, ease of diction and 
general expression (should entries in any 
Class be very limited, prizes will be awarded 
only if merited). 

Previous winners of the Open or Medal 
competitions are invited to enter for the 
new Sturmey-Wyman Challenge and Medal 
competition. But not for other Classes. 

The Classes of interest to St. Dunstaners 
are Classes A, B, C and E. 
Class A. — Advanced readers in competition 

for the Blanesburgh Cup. 
Class B. — Other readers in competition for 

the Stuart Memorial Cup. 
Class C. — Readers who have lost their sight 

since 1939 and who have learned to read 

braille since the age of 16 (and who do 

not feel competent to enter the more 

advanced Classes) in competition for the 

Lady Buckmaster Cup. 
Class E. — Open to blind readers of braille 

who are also deaf. 

There will also be an Open Competition 
open to all readers eligible to enter Classes 
A and B and to all previous winners of 
Classes A, B and C for a reading from 
the prose works of Hilaire Belloc. 

Intending competitors should send their 
names to the Secretary, National Library 
for the Blind, 35 Great Smith Street, 
Westminster, S.W.I, not later than Friday, 
May 22nd, 1959, stating in which Class 
they wish to enter. 

• • • 

Her many St. Dunstaner friends will be 
interested to learn that Miss Hester Pease 
has been appointed to the Board (North) 
of the Ministry of Pensions and also works 
on the Earl Haig Settlement; she finds this 
work most enjoyable and satisfying. 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

I was interested to read Mr. Wills' note 
on Moon type. 

Some of our fellows think it rather 
degrading to read " Moon " instead of 
braille, but I can assure them that it is 
not so. " Moon " was invented for those 
who had a poor touch, which is a handicap 
but not a crime! 

Although I read braille myself, fairly 
quickly, I have also read some good books 
in " Moon," and I would advise any man 
to take the opportunity of a course at 
Ovingdean and so give himself the pleasure 
of reading once again. 

Yours sincerely, 
Saltdean. J. Walch. 

Calling All Chums 

Time marches on! On the 26th of this 
month we shall be celebrating the 44th 
anniversary of the foundation of St. 
Dunstan's. Those of us who had the 
honour and privilege of residing at " The 
House," the College, the Bungalow, 3 and 
4 Cornwall Terrace, Townsend House and 
Sussex Place, have a store of memories 
which will remain with us to the end. 

It was just five years ago, when looking 
for congenial occupation to keep me busy 
in retirement, that I conceived the idea 
of rounding up St. Dunstan's Old Con- 
temptibles for the purpose of stimulating 
the memories of those days from August 
4th, 1914, to November 11th, 1918. 

To my surprise I received fifty-six 
applications from St. Dunstaners of all 
ranks to join St. Dunstan's Old Con- 

During the years 1955-56-57, a representa- 
tive party of us visited France and Belgium 
to pay our tribute to those comrades we 
had left behind during the First World 
War, thus building another store of mem- 
ories for us to conjure with in the twilight 
of our fives. 

This is just to remind my comrades who 
are Old Contemptibles that I shall adhere 
to all my promises in connection with the 
presentation of the trophies and prizes. In 
our magazine for January, 1955, I told you 
that the winner of the Cup for the Longest 
Liver would also receive one hundred 
National Savings Certificates, with accrued 
interest as from January 1st, 1955. You 

will recall that I introduced another com- 
petition, which I called " The Stayers' 
Handicap," to be decided on March 25th, 
1965, with three prizes, the First Prize of 
one hundred National Savings Certificates 
going to the oldest competitor, the Second 
Prize of fifty National Savings Certificates 
going to the next oldest, and the Third 
Prize of fifty National Savings Certificates, 
to the third oldest; all Certificates will 
bear accrued interest over the period of 
ten years. I would like to congratulate 
you on completing four laps of the " Stayers' 
Handicap," and on the way you are staying 
the course, and I hope you will keep it 
this way for the next six rounds. To make 
this all the more interesting, boys, I have 
decided to present the Cup and Cabinet 
at the same time as the " Stayers' Handicap " 
prizes. Thus, someone will complete a 
double on March 26th, 1965. 

Good health and good luck to you all ! 
Alan Nichols, 

Chum Chair. 

Is It Lazy To Neglect Braille? 

In our early childhood, at the age of five, 
we entered school and the first thing we 
were taught was to read and write. Later 
when fully acquainted with print, it was 
no effort to pick up the daily paper or a 
book and read. It was no effort to write 
a letter or to write out a seed list for the 
garden. When we became members of the 
blind world we entered St. Dunstan's and 
here again, if at all possible, the first thing 
we were taught was to read and write, but 
in braille. I often wonder what my blind 
and handless friends would not give to be 
able to read braille, and I often think, too, 
of my blind and deaf friends ; if they were 
unable to read braille, life to them would 
become intolerable. 

Reading John Mudge's letter to the 
Review last month, I was surprised to 
learn that although he was a telephonist, 
he did very little braille. Now he is living 
in retirement he found it necessary to go 
for a refresher in braille reading and writing 
and urged others to do the same instead of 
sitting around and growing old. 

I am also a telephonist and from time to 
time I have had the pleasure of meeting 
my fellow telephonists. In the course of 
our conversation the same old question 
comes up — " Do you do much braille in 
your work?" I reply, "I use it all day 


and every day." My friends pass it off as 
a laughing joke because they have been 
lucky to get by without using much braille, 
which gave me the impression that I am a 
Mr. Muggins, but am I? 

For three years in my own town the 
G.P.O. Telephone Department dug up 
nearly every road and pavement in the 
process of laying new and bigger telephone 
cables, and during this period a very large 
modern automatic telephone exchange was 
built. Then the great day came. It was 
Wednesday, October 8th, 1958, when at 
1.30 p.m. the G.P.O. asked us not to dial 
any numbers until 1.35 p.m. to enable the 
engineers to switch over to the new auto- 
matic system. This now enables me to 
dial a distance of about 35 miles direct to 
two hundred and twenty-three telephone 
exchanges and the numbers required. But 
that was not all. Owing to the huge 
programme, the G.P.O. had to carry out, 
and to the vastness of the new change-over, 
I did not get the official typewritten list 
from the G.P.O. until just two days before 
the switch over. To make matters worse, 
my relief telephonist was away sick so I 
was working single-handed, which made it 
impossible to attend to the list during 
office hours. The only solution left open 
to me was to take the list home. This I 
did and as my wife read the name of each 
telephone exchange and its code number, 
so I wrote it down in braille, thus reading 
each name and code number back to her 
for double checking. So I brailled out 
two hundred and twenty-three names of 
telephone exchanges and their code num- 
bers, but this was not the end. Hundreds 
of local numbers in my town were also 
changed. What a hopeless mess I should 
have been in if I had neglected my braille. 
So am I a Mr. Muggins after all? 

The first morning I entered the telephone 
school at Church Stretton, Miss Goodship 
impressed upon me that to be an efficient 
telephonist you must be always on the top 
line with your braille at all times. 

I, myself, would feel downright ashamed 
if I had to go to Ovingdean for a refresher 
in braille, and would therefore consider it 
to be a grave insult to the braille teachers 
who were so patient and understanding, 
and were so helpful to me in the Braille 
Room during my training days. 

Watford. Peter Piper. 

Tales of Ind 

The Tale of a Horse 

There stands, in its own compound, on 
Lower Circular Road, Calcutta, a large 
house, probably built -as the town house 
of a wealthy Nabob or business tycoon in 
the early years of the last century. If its 
walls could speak, they would tell of gay 
gatherings to which the youth and beauty 
of Calcutta flocked, arriving in carriages, 
palanquins and even on elephants. There 
was a gay abandonment about these gather- 
ings as though the guests agreed to "eat, 
drink and be merry, for to-morrow we die." 
Indeed, they were right, for cholera struck 
suddenly and the expectation of life for 
Europeans in those days was under twenty 

To-day the old house serves a more 
serious purpose and in its shelter live old 
and poor European men. The house in 
now known as St. Joseph's Home and is 
cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor. 

At the time of our story, the Sisters were 
in great trouble, for the horse which they 
used to draw their box-shaped conveyance to 
collect, from the hotels and restaurants on 
Chow-ringee, the surplus food needed to 
feed their charges daily had died. The 
position was most serious, for the Home 
literally lived from hand to mouth. The 
Sisters decided to pray to St. Joseph for his 

While the Sisters were praying in their 
chapel, a very fine horse trotted into their 
compound. The Sisters were overjoyed 
and hurried out to the compound. While 
they were harnessing the horse to the 
carriage, a much worried and agitated gentle- 
man arrived followed by a syce or Indian 
groom. When he had recovered his breath 
he said, "Pardon me, ladies, but has a 
horse strayed in here?" "Yes," said the 
Sisters in chorus, "St. Joseph sent him to 
us." "That for a tale," thought the gentle- 
man, and then aloud, "That horse is a 
valuable racehorse, and he has strayed from 
my stables." Sadly the Sisters saw the 
horse being led away and they returned to 
the chapel to pray. 

The following morning, the same syce 
arrived at the Home leading a horse. He 
handed a letter to the Sister Superior. It 
was from the gentleman and said he had 
sent the Sisters another horse as a gift, 


and he was sure they would find it more 
suitable for their purpose than a racehorse. 
The Sister Superior whispered as she read 
the letter, "Thank you St. Joseph, and that 
includes all the men too." 

I read this story in the English newspaper, 
The Statesman when I was living in Calcutta 
in 1930. The article added that the horse 
given by the gentleman had just died and 
the Sisters were praying to St. Joseph for 
another horse. The newspaper was opening 
its columns for a fund to buy one. Within 
a few days, the Home had been provided 
with another horse. 

In a country like India where there is no 
Welfare State, or any form of state aid for the 
aged poor, and private organisations are 
only able to touch the fringe of the problem, 
things can be very grim for the aged poor 
Europeans and Anglo-Indians, most of whom 
have for generations, given loyal and 
devoted service in the Army, Police, etc., and 
their children are unable to help as they are, 
in many cases, unemployed. 

I understand that Group Captain Cheshire, 
v.c, the founder of the Cheshire Founda- 
tion Homes for the Sick, has recently been 
to India and has opened several homes for 
the aged poor. 

So may I point a moral — that in spite of 
atom bombs, human nature, wherever you 
find it, is basically kind and good — at least 
that has been my experiecne. 

Duncan McAlpin. 


G. Eustace, of Tolworth, Surrey; H. A. 
Hammett, of Carterton, Oxford; E. H. 
North, of Taunton; F. P. Peacock, of 
Stokesley, Worcs.; W. T. Fitzgerald, of 
Newcastle-on-Tyne ; A. Anderson, of 
Letham, Angus — he has just been presented 
with his first grand-daughter, after six 
grandsons; and F. Crabtree of Leeds, 
who has had two grand-children within the 
last two months, one born in Leeds and 
the other in Malaya. 

Family News 
Sheila Head, New Haw has passed the 
Trinity College of Music examination. 
Theory of Music, Grade II, with Honours. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

John Wallis, Whitchurch Hill, on February 
28th, to Miss Betty Doreen Page. The 
Bishop of Reading officiated. 

Talking Book Library 
Murder, Mirth and Miscellany 

The murder I leave as " also released," 
but here are eight books of all sorts. 

" The Rosemary Tree," by Elizabeth 
Goudge, reader Duncan Carse, is a beauti- 
fully written novel concerning mainly a 
country vicar, his family and a black-sheep 
playwright-novelist getting back into the 
fold. Soothing, restful reading. Cat. No. 343. 

"Golden Admiral," by F. Van Wyck 
Mason, reader Norman Shelley, tells some- 
thing of Francis Drake, but the hero is a 
lad from St. Neots, so that romance and 
adventure keep history down to a minimum. 
Cat. No. 348. 

" Leave it to Psmith," by P. G. Wode- 
house, reader Peter Fettes, is a most 
hilarious story instigated by an advertise- 
ment and comically filled out at a house 
party. Read this, unless you happen to 
be reducing. Cat. No. 365. 

" Edward VII and His Circle," by 
Virginia Cowles, reader John Webster, is 
full of interesting sidelights on the life and 
qualities of a man much under-rated in his 
early days. Cat. No. 398. 

" Memoirs of a Birdman," by Ludwig 
Koch, reader John Webster, tells of more 
than half a century devoted to the study and 
recording of birds in their natural state. 
Mr. Koch's life has consequently been one 
of patient adventure, compounded of long, 
dull patches punctuated by moments of 
sheer ecstasy. Cat. No. 489. 

" Seal Morning," by Rowena Farre, 
reader Duncan Carse, has its setting by 
a remote loch in Scotland. A girl in a 
cottage keeps a variety of unlikely animals, 
who behave better and more entertainingly 
than most humans. Cat. No. 573. 

" Elinor Glyn," by Anthony Glyn, 
reader Arthur Bush, is the biography of a 
novelist by her grandson. It is an up and 
down story holding both one's sympathy 
and one's interest. Cat. No. 342. 

" Fabian of the Yard," by Robert Fabian, 
reader Ian Stamp, brings to life many inter- 
esting crimes of the last twenty-five years. 
"Horridly" fascinating. Cat. No. 400. 

Also released: " Murder at End House," 
by M. Halliday, reader R. Gladwell. — Cat. 
No. 336. " Suicide Excepted," by Cyril 
Hare, reader Alvar Lidell. — Cat. No. 536. 
"With a Bare Bodkin," by Cyril Hare, 
reader Robert Gladwell. — Cat. No. 574. 
" Come Back, Miranda," by Anne Duffield, 
reader Eric Gillett. — Cat. No. 447. 



Miss Anthony 

St. Dunstaners and staff who were at 
Church Stretton will be very sorry to hear 
of the death of Miss Anthony, following 
an operation after a short illness. 

Miss Anthony was one of the first 
residents of Church Stretton to come and 
help at St. Dunstan's in 1940. She gave 
unstinting service in many directions, 
including valuable superintendence of the 
catering at Longmyhd Hut and Deanhurst. 

On our return to Ovingdean, Miss 
Anthony came with us, to help for as long 
as she was needed. 

She was, we learn, a prominent and 
valued member of the Shropshire Federation 
of Women's Institutes, the chairman of 
which, writing in the local press, says: 
"All who knew her and worked with her 
in so many ways will feel themselves 
immeasurably the poorer for her passing. 
She did not aspire to great heights but by 
her quiet example she achieved distinction 
in her own right. She leaves behind a 
memory of abiding worth." 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to her 
relatives and friends. 

J. Walch. 

Miss R. Rogers 

It is with regret that we report the death 
after a trying illness, of Miss^Rene Rogers. 
Miss Rogers was engaged to our handless 
St. Dunstaner, Billy Anderson, at the time 
of his death, and was a good friend to 
many St. Dunstaners visiting Ovingdean, 
particularly our deaf and handless men. 

Mrs. K. Strain 

St. Dunstaners in Ireland will hear with 
regret of the death of Mrs. K. Strain, at 

her daughter's house in Rickmansworth. 
Barney Martin, of Bray, County Wicklow, 
writes: " Mrs. Strain was a very dear friend 
of many St. Dunstan's men for more than 
thirty years. She visitied us periodically 
in our homes and when our children grew 
up she found employment for them at a 
time when it was almost impossible to get 
work in the City of Dublin. It was Mrs. 
Strain's wish that her eyes should be 
bequeathed at her death for the benefit 
of a blind or near-blind person and this 
was done." 

Ruby Wedding 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
K. C. Gatrell, of Rottingdean, who cele- 
brated their Ruby Wedding on February 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations also to Mr. and Mrs. E. 
Ettridge, of Addiscombe, Surrey, whose 
Silver Wedding was on March 7th. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 


Boorman. — To H. G. S. Boorman, of 
Peterborough, whose wife died on Feb- 
ruary 22nd after a long illness. 

Stone. — To R. Stone, of Heme Bay, Kent, 
but at present a resident at Pearson House. 
Mrs. Stone had been admitted to hospital 
seriously ill, but had returned home where 
she died on March 9th. Our St. 
Dunstaner is himself a sick man. 

Summers. — To F. Summers, of Hamilton, 
Lanarkshire, whose brother has recently 

"In iltemoru" — continued 

Private Harry Jacklin, Labour Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of H. Jacklin, of Patcham, Brighton, at the age of 66. 

Enlisting in January, 1915, he came to St. Dunstan's in January, 1922. He first had a few poultry 
but later took up joinery and this he did right through the 1950's. His health had begun to fail, however, 
and in 1950 he was able to walk only a little. He passed away on March 9th. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mrs. Jacklin, who is herself ill. 

Fire-Watcher Arthur Charles Walker, Civil Defence 

With deep regret we record the death in hospital on March 9th of A. C. Walker, of Hayes, Middlesex. 
He was 61. 

He had been a regular soldier from 1912 until 1924 and during his war service had been wounded 
twice, taken prisoner, and released from the prisoner of war camp in 1919. 

When the Second World War broke out he enlisted as a fire-watcher and he was injured in February, 
1944; he came to St. Dunstan's at the end of that year and trained for work in industry, which he carried on 
until quite recently when his health failed. 

He had no relatives and St. Dunstan's was represented at the funeral by Mr. Abrahams. Our sympathy 
goes to his good friends Mr. and Mrs. Harris, with whom he lodged. 


"In fRtmaty" 

Pioneer John Bentley, Royal Engineers, transferred Pioneer Corps 
With deep regret we record the death of J. Bentley, of North Finchley, at the age of 81 
He had served with the Royal Engineers from 1915 until January, 1916. In 1919, he re-enlisted in 
the Pioneer Corps from which he received his final discharge in February, 1920. He came to St. Dunstan's 
five years later. He trained as a mat and basket maker, and continued his crafts for a good number of years 
but ill-health eventually forced him to give up early in the Second War. He had been seriously ill and had 
been in hospital but his death occured at Pearson House on February 19th. 
He leaves a widow and family to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Private William Henry Byrd, 7th Devonshire Regiment, transferred to Labour Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. H. Byrd, of Bridgwater, Somerset. He would 
have been 66 in a few weeks. 

Enlisting in February, 1917, he served until March, 1919, and immediately came to St. Dunstan's 
where he trained as a basket maker. He worked at his craft until 1925 when his health broke down and he was 
removed to hospital where he remained until his death on February 24th. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Byrd and her son, who himself is in hospital. 

Private Ernest Fearn, 3rd North Staffordshire Regiment, at Pearson House 

We record with deep regret the death, at Pearson House, of Ernest Fearn following a long illness. 
He was 68. 

He served from March, 1916, to April, 1918, coming at once to St. Dunstan's, and he trained as a 
mat-maker, carrying on his occupation for several years. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Fearn and her family. 

Constable William Henry Franklin, Police Force 

We record with deep regret the death, on February 27th, of W. H. Franklin, a resident at Pearson 
House, but formerly at Stoke Mandeville. He was 62. 

He left the Police Force in April, 1941, but it was not until August, 1956, that he came to St. Dunstan's. 
He was then seriously ill, making training impossible, and almost immediately he entered Pearson House as a 
permanent resident after having spent a short time at Ovingdean. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his family. 

Corporal William Silvanus Fray, Lancashire Fusiliers 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. S. Fray, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, at the age of 58. 

He served in the First World War and was discharged in 1920, but did not come to us until as recently 
as April of last year. He was already in business and he did not, therefore, take any training with us. His 
death occurred suddenly on February 16th. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Fray and her family. 

Private Harry Gunson, King's Own Scottish Borderers 

With deep regret we record the death of H. Gunson, of Dewsbury, Yorkshire, he was 62. 

He served from his enlistment in February, 1915, until July, 1919 and entered St. Dunstan's the follow- 
ing year, He trained in boot repairing and first had a shop in Batley. He also did wool rugs and netting. 
In 1927 he acquired a confectionery and tobacco business, also in Batley, carrying on a steady trade there until 
1946,when he retired and moved to Dewsbury. Unfortunately, his health was not good. He was admitted 
urgently to nospital on February 26th, and he died there a week later. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Gunson and her family. 

Lance Corporal Albert Edward Hicks, Queen's Westminster Regiment 

We record with deep regret the death of A. E. Hicks, of Palmers Green, London, at the age of 65. 

Coming to St. Dunstan's in February, 1916 — he had enlisted only a month after the outbreak of war — 
he trained first on boot-repairing and mat-making but in 1930 he took telephony training and he continued 
as a telephonist until his retirement in September of last year. He was seriously ill in hospital this year but his 
death was unexpected. 

Our deepest sympathy is offered to Mrs. Hicks and her family. 

Private John Roper, South Staffordshire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death, on February 28th, of J. Roper, of Tipton, Staffs. He 
was 69. 

He served with the regiment from 1915 until 1919, but did not come to St. Dunstan's until January, 
1948. He trained in joinery and made articles at home which he sent to our stores. 

He had been in poor health for some time, largely attributable to poison gas received during the First 
World War, and he died three days after his admission to hospital. 

He leaves a widow and a grown up family to whom our very sincere sympathy is sent. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 469— Volume XLII 

APRIL, 1959 

Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 

Lady (Arthur) Pearson, D.B.E. 

ST. DUNSTANERS throughout the world will learn with the deepest regret of the death 
of Lady (Arthur) Pearson, d.b.e., widow of the Founder of St. Dunstan's, Sir Arthur 

Pearson, bt. Lady Pearson died in London on April 10th after a long illness. 

Sir Arthur Pearson was a man of many philanthropic interests and Lady Pearson shared 
to the utmost her husband's devotion to the two causes especially near to his heart, namely, 
the Fresh Air Fund which he had founded in 1892 and which gave holidays to the poor 
children of the large cities, and St. Dunstan's. During his lifetime she herself was honoured 
for her services in connection with our organisation when, in 1920, she was created a Dame 
of the British Empire. It was an award which was warmly applauded. One national 
newspaper recalled " the tireless zeal and enthusiasm exerted in her husband's incalculable 
work for the blind at St. Dunstan's "; another wrote, " Lady Pearson's name is as inextricably 
bound up with St. Dunstan's as that of her famous husband." 

Lady Pearson was the moving spirit behind the very successful Blind Musicians' Concert 
Party which she formed during the First World War, and which was responsible for raising 
£100,000 in four years for St. Dunstan's and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. 
Lady Pearson had brought together this band of blind musicians who toured the country 
giving concerts, thus, as she herself put it, " helping other blind people and at the same time 
earning a living that was pleasant to them, making practical use of their gifts." 

When Sir Arthur Pearson died in 1921, Lady Pearson became President of St. Dunstan's, 
with Captain Ian Fraser ("as Lord Fraser then was) as Chairman. 

In 1927 Lady Pearson undertook a world cruise to fulfil a wish that was born in her 
soon after the death of her husband " that I might get in touch in the Dominions with the 
many of our soldiers blinded in the Great War whom he had trained. It was my husband's 
great desire to visit the homelands of his men overseas, but the difficulties were great and 
his time was so occupied with work at Headquarters that he could not find an opportunity 
to take a long trip before he died." There were few St. Dunstaners in the Dominions 
whom Lady Pearson did not meet on that journey, and many to whom she fulfilled her promise 
to become god-mother to an expected son or daughter. 

The Second World War came and Lady Pearson followed with the same keen interest 
the training and welfare of the young blinded servicemen and women of a new generation. 
Whenever possible she attended our gatherings and she was a frequent visitor to our 
Brighton Homes. 

In 1947, Lady Pearson relinquished the office of President, an office which she had held 
for so long with such dignity and sympathy, and was succeeded by her son, Sir Neville 


Pearson, bt., a member of our Council since its inception and Honorary Treasurer from 
1932 until the outbreak of war. 

Now our friend has left us and a link with the past is broken, but we shall remember 
with gratitude and affection the many years of happy association with her, and will pledge 
ourselves anew^ to the successful furtherance of the work which she and her husband, our 
Founder, held so dear. 

* * * 

The funeral took place privately at Hampstead Cemetery where Lady Pearson was laid 
to rest beside her husband. The St. Dunstan's flag was flown at half-mast at Headquarters 
and at Brighton and a wreath, depicting the Badge of St. Dunstan's, was placed on the grave. 

Lord Fraser writes — 

" Lady Fraser and I deeply regret the 
passing of Lady (Arthur) Pearson. This is 
a link with the past that time has broken. 

I first met Lady Pearson when I came to 
St. Dunstan's just after I had passed my 
19th birthday, and she welcomed me and 
showed me many kindnesses. When her 
distinguished husband, Sir Arthur Pearson, 
died, and I became Chairman, Lady Pearson 
became President, an office which she held 
for twenty-six years. 

Throughout her lifetime, Lady Pearson 
took a keen and warm-hearted interest in 
the welfare of St. Dunstan's and St. Dun- 
staners, and we all mourn the loss of a good 

Income Tax — Post War Credits 

When the necessary Bill has been passed 
through Parliament, it should be possible 
for all those St. Dunstaners who still have 
any of the above Post War Credits to cash 
the credits on the grounds that they come 
within one or more of the cases to which 
the Chancellor of the Exchequer referred 
in his Budget Speech. 

It is hoped that the Forms of Application 
will be available in the Post Office for 
distribution early next month and that the 
bulk of repayments can be made by the 
end of August. The forms will indicate 
just what evidence will have to be supplied 
by the applicant, but if any St. Dunstaner 
has difficulty in completing the form he 
should get in touch with Mr. E. V. Stevens 
at Headquarters, who will do what he can 
to assist. 


H- W. Greatrex, m.m., of Peacehaven, 
has been appointed the representative to 
the County of Sussex Executive Committee 
of the Parish Councils' Association on the 
National Council of England and Wales. 
Mr. Greatrex is taking the place of Admiral 
Oldham, o.b.e. 

Special Dates 

It will be of interest to St Dunstaners 
living in and around Brighton, and to those 
who may be planning a summer holiday 
at Ovingdean, that the Summer Outing for 
St. Dunstaners organised by the Brighton, 
Hove and District Bus Company and the 
Southdown Motor Services, will take place 
this year on Wednesday, July 22nd. 

The organisers are anxious that as many 
St. Dunstaners as possible should know of 

We have also been informed that the 
Grocers' Association is this year holding 
its Summer Outing for St. Dunstaners on 
Wednesday, July 1st. 

Both organisations will be sending their 
invitations as they have done in previous 
years, but they feel that St. Dunstaners 
would like to have this advance information. 

The Derby Sweepstake 

As announced last month, applications 
can now be received for tickets in our 
Derby Sweepstake. Once again you are 
reminded that only St. Dunstaners may hold 
tickets and prize money will not be paid 
to any other person. 

The closing date is Wednesday, May 20th. 
Tickets are 2s. 6d. each and are obtainable 
only from the Editor, St. Dunstan's 
Review, 1 South Audley Street, London, 
W.l. The draw will take place at the 
London Club on Thursday evening, May 

All those drawing a horse will be notified 
by post. 

The Lee-on-Solent Camp 

As already announced, the Lee-on-Solent 
Camp will be held from Friday, August 21st 
to Saturday, August 29th. Camp fee, £2. 
If you have not already sent in your name 
please do so immediately, and in any case 
not later than April 30th. Entries can 
now be sent to me. 

Avis Spurway. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — As announced last month, the 
Harrogate Week will be held this year 
from September 12th— 19th. Will all 
those members who would like to join the 
party send in their names to Mr. Willis 
if they have not already done so. 

A reminder, too, of the St. Dunstan's 
Bridge Congress, which will take place at 
Ovingdean during the week-end of Saturday, 
November 14th. Entries for the Pairs and 
Teams of Four events for the Sir Arthur 
Pearson Cup should be sent to Mr. Willis 
at the London Club. 

St. Dunstan's Bridge Club 

A 21st birthday party with a difference 
was held at Ovingdean in the week-end of 
April 4th and 5th, when St. Dunstan's 
Bridge Club celebrated its coming-of-age. 
On the Saturday evening a Dinner was 
held at the White Horse Hotel, Rottingdean, 
when sixty guests sat " down, including 
members and their escorts and a number 
of special guests, among them Matron, 
Commandant, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Willis, 
Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Westmore, Mr. A. E. 
Field, and Mr. C. Stokes. We regretted 
the absence of Miss Moseley and Mr. 
Lloyds, who were unable to attend owing to 
previous engagements. 

Commandant, who took the chair, first 
read two telegrams of congratulations and 
good wishes from Lord Fraser and Mr. 
Lloyds. At seven o'clock grace was said 
and the staff of the White Horse served up 
a wonderful grand slam that for once in 
twenty-one years kept the Bridge players 
and their partners very quiet for at least 
forty minutes. 

After the meal Commandant proposed 
the toast, " Her Majesty the Queen," and 
then " The Bridge Club." 

Commandant, as first speaker of the 
evening, congratulated the Club on its 
progress and said many pleasant things 
about its members. He admitted he knew 
nothing about bridge (cries of " shame ") 
but being a keen gardener, knew what a 
good hand was when it held carrots backed 
up by other vegetables. 

The next speaker was Mr. Harry Gover, 
the Club's founder. He outlined the 
progress of the Club from its birth in 1938 
to the present day, with a special word 
for Mr. Alf Field, who had shared the 
fortunes of the Club and, in fact, was 

responsible for making us so well known 
in Harrogate. A very fine speech! 

Next to follow was the captain of the 
Club, G. P. Brown, who first paid tribute 
to the captains before him. He added that 
he was sure that their beloved chief, Sir 
Arthur Pearson, would have been proud 
of the Club that day. (Applause.) 

Mr. Field, who replied for the guests, 
said that often in the past he had had to 
persuade reluctant St. Dunstaners to make 
a speech; now triumphantly they had 
said, " Now it's your turn! " He would 
only say what a great pleasure it was to 
be associated with St. Dunstan's bridge 
players — they were such good sportsmen. 

Matron ended the speeches by wishing 
the Club continued success in the future. 

At the close of the evening the unanimous 
decision was, " a really wonderful party." 

On Sunday afternoon the special Drive 
was held at Ovingdean in which a number 
of well-known bridge players from the 
surrounding districts partnered our mem- 
bers. At tea-time there was a wonderful 
birthday cake prepared by Mrs. Comer and 
decorated with playing cards of icing sugar. 

At the conclusion of the afternoon, 
Matron presented the prizes to the various 
winners and thanked all those who had 
played a part in making the week-end such 
a huge success. 


Another Radio " Ham " 

In July, 1957, we mentioned the Radio 
Amateur Invalid and Bedfast Club, of which 
our St. Dunstaner, Bill Harris, of Ipswich, - 
is the hon. secretary. St. Dunstaners whose 
hobby was amateur radio, were invited to 
get in touch with Bill, through the Editor. 
One who did so was James Padley, of 
Worthing. Now we are delighted to 
learn from the Club's official journal, 
Radial, that Jim has obtained his TX 
licence and now has the call sign, G3NHJ. 
This is how Jim sent the news: 

" Dear Bill, we have done it! Yes, last 
week I passed the Morse Test. So could 
you add G3NHJ to your list of honour. 
Fred Robbins escorted me to London. 
With his and other members of the Worthing 
Radio Club's help, I have at last got through 
.... I shall soon be on the air. What 
a lovely feeling it is too!" 

And with Bill Harris we say, " Nice work, 


Dear Editor, 

One thing that Mr. Piper overlooks is that 
while telephonists, office workers and 
physio's actually use Braille, the majority of 
home and manual workers whose hands are 
roughened by their work tend to find 
Braille reading too tedious to be interesting 
until they retire, and have then lost much 
of their earlier enthusiasm and regard the 
dot-chasing as a bore and the dot-chaser, 
as Peter Piper remarks, as a joke. 

I am now concentrated on mat-making, 
which is normally hard on the hands, and 
I formerly worked a very large garden 
that plays "Old Harry" with the hands unless 
you wear gloves. I am, however, a very 
fast Braille reader. While one could pass 
the time in more convivial company, I find 
that a couple of hours with my books in 
the evening allows one to relax while 
keeping oneself as well-informed on all 
matters of interest as my friends, with their 
printed papers and magazines. One is 
never too old to learn and never too old 
to try and recapture the first enthusiasm 
for the independence which Braille gives. 
If I had lost my own ability I should not 
feel ashamed to ask for a refresher course, 
nor should I feel that I had let down my 
original Braille teachers. The secret for 
normal Braille reading is in getting the 
literature in which you are genuinely 
interested so that the' reading is a real 
pleasure and stimulating to the mind while 
relaxing to the body. Then one must 
take care of the fingers, wearing gloves or 
finger stall, and keep the hands well 
greased with a good cream or glymiel jelly. 

When the " jokers " who regard dot- 
chasers as something approaching sub- 
normal see you reading as fluently as they 
once read print, they will understand that 
the braillist has conquered almost the 
worst part of being blind; no matter how 
clever a man or woman may be in getting 
about, if he cannot read or write he is back 
on a par with the illiterates. How often 
have I heard it said, " I wish I had stuck 
to the Braille now," so now is the time to 
get stuck into it. 

Yours sincerely, 

A. J. Radford. 
Dear Editor, 

May I take up a little space to acknow- 
ledge Peter Piper's rambling comments 
upon " neglected " Braille. 

I am not ashamed to admit I did neglect 
my Braille, I would be ashamed to admit I 

had discarded the little dots. 

I used Braille during my period as a 
telephonist. I, too, had a directory made 
by my own hands in my own time, with 
my wife helping me. I neglected it after 
a time as I had a retentive mind and had 
little need for it after a while ! Notice I 
said little need, I had to look up a number 
on occasion. I never used my Braille 
shorthand, as many others also, but I kept 
a full list of all traffic on my board, in and 
out, and also sent and accepted cables and 
telegrams straight on to a typewriter. 

But I did not do a lot of reading of 
Braille. I had many outside interests, so 
when the opportunity came to improve my 
reading and once more perfect my writing, 
I took it. I still read with my one finger, 
the others are useless despite trying, and 
I am glad to say, have passed my Advanced 
Reading Test. 

As I am confessing so much I must 
confess more — I returned my Talking Book. 
I felt that Braille reading had more to give 
and also Talking Books are needed by some 
folks whose blindness came late in life 
and who never had the chance to learn 
Braille. I neglected my Braille, but I am not 
ashamed. I am as an Evangelist, trying to 
help others to see the light. Why not have 
a refresher. Happy Dot Chasing! 

Yours till the fingers ache, 
John A. Mudge. 

Dear Editor, 

I have been interested in the letters and 
articles in the last few issues of the Review 
on Braille and Moon. It is a pleasure to know 
that some of us who have reached retirement 
age have taken to the reading of Moon. 
But what of those of us of the Second 
World War who have not yet reached that 
age ? When we first came to St. Dunstan's 
we were told we should have to find a new 
way of making a living and given instructions 
as to how to do this. Also we were encouraged 
to read Braille. It seems there are many 
of us who have neglected this with the 
result that we find it difficult to take it up 
again now. Most of us have married and 
have the responsibilities of homes and 
children and perhaps some of us cannot spare 
the time to go and take a refresher course 
at St. Dunstan's again. 

I would like to make some suggestions 
as to how you could do this by a little 
home study, which would bring back to 
you what your Braille teachers taught you. 


The R.N.I.B. publish many books which 
would help, but the one I have in mind is 
" How to Learn to Read," Cat. No. 2171. 
You will also need the small book of Con- 
tractions and Abbreviations. I understand 
St. Dunstan's can let you have these books 
on application. 

You may find it a little difficult at first, 
but if you treat it as a sighted person 
treats a crossword puzzle, it will be 
surprising how well you will get on to read- 
ing Braille easily. Please don't start by 
trying to read the Braille Radio Times, or 
any of the interpoint publications, but 
instead try Nuggets, or get a novel from the 
National Library, say one by Agatha Christie, 
so that when you have read the first chapter, 
you will be wishful to finish it, and in doing 
so keep learning. Don't think you can 
become an expert braillist by this method 
of learning, but it will give you 'much 
pleasure to be able to read, and when you 
reach retirement age you will bless your- 
self for having made the effort. 
Yours sincerely, 

Malcolm Jordan. 

Dear Editor, 

When I read " In Memoriam, Miss 
Dorothy Pain," I was most touched. W. W. 
Holmes has so exactly described Miss 
Pain's gentleness, which I think was one 
of her most marked characteristics. My 
late husband always admired and was fond 
of her. I would like to thank Mr. Holmes 
for his lines and add my little appreciation 
of Miss Pain. 

Yours sincerely, 

Kathleen Beaufoy. 
Dear Editor, 

I would like to say " thank you " to 
Matron, Commandant, Miss Carlton and 
Mrs. Macdonald for the splendid way the 
Deaf Reunion was carried out. The pro- 
gramme was a wonderful treat. On the 
Friday we had lunch with Air Commodore 
and Mrs. Dacre. Mrs. Dacre made a 
wonderful job of the deaf manual alphabet 
which she had learned and was using 
for the first time. 

Although our number has diminished 
considerably since our Deaf Reunions 
started, those of us who are left still look 
forward to our meetings. 

Thanks for all. 

Yours sincerely, 

Billy Bell. 

Sutton Club 

Will any members wishing to enter for 
the Sir Arthur Pearson Games who have 
not already given their names to Bob 
Giffard or Florrie, please do so either before 
or at the next meeting, which is on 
April 25th, and at which there will be a 
Bring and Buy sale. 

Ted Dudley, Chairman. 

Golden Wedding 

Warmest congratulations to Mr. and 
Mrs. A. Bennett, of Dover, who celebrate 
their Golden Wedding on April 24th. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following, 
who have recently celebrated their Ruby 
Wedding: Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Burley, of 
Stithians, near Truro, December 23rd last; 
Mr. and Mrs. R. Finch, of Bartley Green, 
Birmingham, March 17th; Mr. and Mrs. 
C. Firth, of Heswall, Cheshire, April 15th; 
Mr. and Mrs. H. Spencer, ofcfotton, near 
Sandy, Beds., March 29th; Mr. and Mrs. 
P. C. Spurgeon, of Halstead, March 18th; 
Mr. and Mrs. A. Taylor, of Stourbridge, 
April 20th. 


Edward Astbury, of Saltdean, has just 
retired from the post of Basket Instructor 
at Ovingdean. 

Mr. Astbury came to St. Dunstan's in 
1938, and was trained as a basket-maker 
and he continued this craft until 1942, when 
he went into a factory^ on war work. At* 
the end of the war he left the factory and 
was appointed as a Basket Instructor at 
Church Stretton, and he subsequently 
moved to Brighton when the Training 
Centre was transferred there in 1946. 

He will be returning to his craft in his 
retirement, in which his friends will join 
in wishing him happiness and success. 


Whitcombe. — On March 13th, to the wife 
of J. Whitcombe, of Chandlers Ford, 
a son — Stephen. 


Our deep sympathy is extended to the 

following : 

Brougham.— To T. Brougham, of Liver- 
pool, whose sister died on March 20th. 

Derby. — To H. N. Derby, of Newcastle- 
upon-Tyne, whose mother died in March. 

Shave. — To R. W. Shave, of Weymouth, 
who has recently lost his father. 


Talking Book Library 
Another April in the Groove 

Books, books, books, they line the 
shelves, they overflow the chairs and tables. 
Square books, round ones, loose books, 
bound ones, trousered books, gowned ones, 
faulty books, sound ones, hare books, 
hound ones, air books, ground ones, 
obscure books, renowned ones, lost books, 
found ones. All that with some apology 
to " Bob Gravy," but then after all his were 
rats not tomes — and here begins my ditty: — 

" The Healing Knife," by George Sava, 
reader John Webster, is a remarkable story 
of a White Russian reduced to beggary by 
Bolshevism and forced to flee west. He 
is determined to become a surgeon and 
reaching Paris, via temporary hospital jobs 
in Bucharest and Istanbul, he wins a 
scholarship and trains in Italy. A story 
rich in anecdote and splendid reading. Cat. 
No. 353. 

" Valley of the Vines," by Joy Packer, 
reader Eric Gillett, is set in South Africa 
and is, in the main, an account of a grand 
old lady fighting to preserve the family 
vineyards for the family. Two tangled 
love stories are entwined in the narrative, 
plus various attempts by city slickers to 
oust the old lady. A haze of smoke en- 
shrouds the denouement. Cat. No. 334. 

" Over the Bridge," by Richard Church, 
reader Eric Gillett, is an essay in autobio- 
graphy starting some 50 years ago and deal- 
ing with a boy's Ichool days. No story 
this of Edwardian opulence, but a study 
of more or less contented poverty. Cat. 
No. 333. 

" Land of the Crested Lion," by Ethel 
Mannin, reader Robert Gladwell, is a travel 
story of Burma. Cat. No. 562. 

"A Woman in the Polar Night," by 
Christiane Ritter, reader Duncan Carse, 
tells of a winter on Spitzbergen, and few 
men and no women would envy this lady 
her experiences with the stove, perpetual 
seal meat, darkness, and polar bears. 
Eskimo Nell reincarnated! Cat. No. 298. 

" Talking to Animals," by Barbara Wood- 
house, reader John de Manio, seems to 
me a highly individual phenomenon of 
training animals by gentleness. This lady, 
a fine horsewoman, is a veritable St. Francis 
of an animal, trainer especially with horses, 
cows, and dogs, here and in the Argentine. 
Cat. No. 786. 

" The Eye of Love," by Margery Sharp, 

reader Robin Holmes. Cat. No. 356. 

" Knight . Errant," by Brian Connell, 
reader Lionel Gamlin. Cat. No. 485. 

" The Lord have Mercy," by Shelley 
Smith, reader Peter Fettes. Cat. No. 301. 

" The Lord of Wensley," by Ernest 
Raymond, reader Franklin Engelmann. Cat. 
No. 512. " Nelson. " 

Deaf Reunion, 1959 

We arrived on February 26th for our 
Spring Reunion, which was early this year, 
but the weather was more like late May, 
with warm sunshine. 

On Friday we were entertained to lunch 
at the White Hart Hotel, Lewes, by Air 
Commodore and Mrs. Dacre; it was a 
very quiet but most enjoyable luncheon 
after which Air Commodore Dacre told us 
a little about his duties as High Sheriff of 
Sussqx, warning us that he attended any 
executions! We played Housey-housey in 
the evening, and after a free morning we 
went to tea at Lavender Cottage beneath 
the old oak beams and later played 
dominoes, which this time ended in a draw 
between Cliff Stockwell and Billy Bell. We 
were sorry to learn that Matron Avison 
had been suddenly called to her mother's 
sick bedside but we were all pleased with 
the way the senior Sisters at Pearson House 
entertained us to a good tea. We were sorry 
to learn our old friend Sister " Mac " is 
leaving Pearson House. Returning to 
Ovingdean we played dominoes again, 
this time Billy Bell won. 

Monday afternoon found us with Mr. 
Wills, Miss Rogers and Miss Midgley, and 
during a discussion it was suggested men 
visiting Ovingdean might take care to keep 
to the right when walking about. The 
meeting was followed by tea as usual and 
in the evening we journeyed to Strouds for 
our traditional dinner, after which Joe 
made his customary speech in which he 
thanked St. Dunstan's and all friends who 
had helped to provide us once again with 
a very enjoyable reunion. G. F. 


J. Langham, of Arnold, Nottinghamshire. 


W. Barnes, of High Wycombe; A. Laird, 
of St. Helens; S. Allott, of Hornsea (another 
grandson); B. Hamilton, Brookville, near 
Thetford (the tenth grandchild); J. Pearson, 
of Prestwich, Manchester (another grand- 


The First Reunions 

At Bristol, on April 4th, Sir Neville 
Pearson, bt., our President, welcomed .St. 
Dunstaners from Gloucestershire, Somerset, 
Devon and Wiltshire to the first Reunion 
of 1959. Mr. A. D. Lloyds and Mr. C. D. 
Wills were also present.- A. J. Radford, of 
Castle Cary, writes: 

" We old-timers from the Great War of 
1914-18 have been attending the Reunion 
for more than thirty years, and we look 
forward to it as keenly to-day as we did 
when it was a reunion of St. Dunstaners 
and their families. Our Bristol Reunion 
this year was blessed by a glorious Spring 
day ... in those far-off days when it was 
a hilarious tea-party at St. John's Rooms, 
it almost always took place in November 
or December. Then it was a case of 
' Who are you ? What year were you at 
St. Dunstan's ? ' What a difference to-day 
when we really know each other and one 
walks into the Grand Spa Hotel to be 
greeted with cheery recognition from all 
sides. There is, however, a poignant side 
as we remember absent comrades. 

" This year was unique as we had Sidney 
Birchall, the T.V. and radio star, to enter- 
tain us, ably assisted by that wonderful 
St. Dunstan's girl, Dorothy Edwards. So 
old and new were blended in a new sort 
of Reunion, to which we all hope we 
shall be able to attend for many more 

There was the usual much smaller but 
very happy Reunion of St. Dunstaners 
from the remaining parts of Devon and 
Cornwall at the Red Lion Hotel, Truro, 
on April 7th. 

Are You a Bridge Player who 
Can't Get a Game ? 

One of the happiest results of the Bridge 
Club's 21st Birthday Celebration, reported 
on another page, was that it brought 
together quite a few players who enjoy 
bridge but are rarely, if ever, able to get 
a game. 

There are probably many St. Dunstaners 
in different parts of the country who are 
in this position. If this applies to you, 
perhaps you would like to send your name 
and address to the Editor. It may be 
possible for us to help in this direction. 

My Friend Rex 

Rex was a magnificent specimen of the 
Alsatian canine species, lithe and power- 
fully built; his dignity and intelligence won 
for him the affection and admiration of our 
whole neighbourhood, in which he pro- 
tected, with equal loyalty, not only the pro- 
perty and person of his owner, but also 
those of his many friends : thus, a neighbour 
who occasionally stayed late with friends, 
on being asked," Aren't you afraid of coming 
up here so late at night?" replied, " No, 
but it is a relief to see Rex coming to meet 
me and escort me to my door!" Again 
if he saw a stranger approaching our door, 
he would wait until he was assured the 
visitor was on lawful business by my sister's, 
" It's all right, Rex," when he would walk 
away with the air of a duty fulfilled. Hear- 
ing the children on their way to and from 
school shout, " Hello Rex," always painted 
for me a delightful mental picture of Rex, 
standing like a living statue, accepting their 
stroking and caressing with the dignity 
of an Eastern Potentate receiving the ac- 
clamations and homage of his subjects. 
If the children were unduly rough, a 
warning growl from him was a sufficient 
arbitrator. One day a niece arrived with 
her baby, aged two plus. Suddenly, I 
heard a frightened cry, " Aunty, Aunty, 
look at Jean," but Mum's fears for her 
offspring were quickly assuaged by Aunty's, 
" Now don't be alarmed, Jean is just as 
safe with Rex as is she was in your arms," so 
Jean was allowed to remain on the step a 
little longer with her arms around the neck 
of Rex. 

But there was one occasion on which all 
the dignity and inherited domestic training 
and taming of generations was submerged 
by the call of the wild, and Rex revealed 
ail the savage ferocity of his primitive 
forebears. Presenting a terrifying picture 
with bared teeth and snarling lips, he stood 
barring the path of a neighbour who dared 
not move until the animal's master came 
out and talked Rex back to civilisation. 
This man denied all culpability, but the 
neighbourhood had its own opinion. 

My own friendship with him had rather 
a startling inauguration: I was sat in a 
low armchair the first morning after settling 
with my sister, when I heard her say, 
" Well, that's the first time Rex has come 
into this ro,om; he never comes beyond 
the kitchen. He's walked in and is now 


weighing you up." Then before she could 
warn me, Rex was licking my face — this 
metaphorically shot me out of the chair. 
But never again did he touch me until I 
spoke to him and gave him a little pat. His 
uncanny understanding of the circumstances 
was practically demonstrated a couple of 
days later when, having walked a little way 
down the street with my sister, she stopped 
and said, " Wait here a moment, I must 
go back and make sure the door's locked." 
In a few minutes she was back, and I heard 
her saying, " Hello Rex, are you looking 
after him for me? "I put out my hand, 
and sure enough there was Rex standing 
across my front protecting me from any 
possibility of being knocked into, and this 
happened whenever I was outside and alone. 
Alas, it seems that joy, like sin, must ever be 
shaded with regret, for the day came when 
the ravages of time made it merciful to 
put Rex to sleep, but if there is a re-aw*kening 
for animals in the hereafter, I hope that 
when the time comes for me to pass through 
the veil that Rex will be waiting to renew 
and continue our friendship. 

T. Rogers. 

Visitors to New Zealand and 

Sir Cecil Ellerton, Honorary Treasurer of 
St. Dunstan's, with Lady Ellerton has been 
visiting New- Zealand as a British delegate 
to the Commonwealth Conference. On 
January 28th, 1959, at Auckland, they met 
at luncheon twenty representatives of 
organisations connected with blinded Ser- 
vicemen, including Mr. D. M. Rae, m.p., 
Chairman of the Blinded Servicemen's 
Trust Board (The New Zealand St. 
Dunstan's), Sir Clutha and Lady Mackenzie, 
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Christiansen, Mr. W. 
H. Cocker, c.m.g., Mr. and Mrs. J. E. May, 
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Sadler and Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald McPhee. Sir Cecil conveyed 
greetings from Lord and Lady Fraser of 
Lonsdale, and all at St. Dunstan's and 
expressed his pleasure at being actively 
associated with its work as Treasurer. 

Sir Cecil and Lady Ellerton, later visited 
Australia, and at Melbourne on February 
16th, they met at lunch Mr. P. J. Lynch, 
President, Mr. A. F. McConnell, Federal 
Secretary, Mr. L. Hoult, State Vice- 
President, and Mr. R. Archer, State 
Secretary, of tb e Australian Blinded Soldiers' 

From All Quarters 

J. A. Peckett, of Manchester, with his 
mother and twin sister, emigrated to 
Australia on March 17th. We wish them 
every success in their new life. 

• • • 

S. Loram, of Brixham, who, with Mrs. 
Loram, left England last October to visit 
their son in Greece and another in Malta, 
are now back in this country. 

• • • 

J. T. S. Scrymgeour, of Warwick, 
Queensland, has recently had another book 
published — "Men, Mokes, Hoofs, Horn 
and Hides " (Arthur H. Stockwell, Ltd., 
Ilfracombe — 7s. 6d.). 

• • • 

The Farmers' Weekly last month carried 
a two-column story about our St. Dunstaner, 
S. W. Taylor, of Shepsted, who runs a 
50-acre mixed farm and has recently bought 
an adjoining holding of 70 acres. Many 
good pictures illustrated the article. 

• • • 

J. Doubler, of Hove, has been awarded 
the first prize in the Bordeaux Pigeon 
Race, 1958. His name is the first to be 
inscribed on the Hove Flying Shield. 

S. A. Legion 

Lord Fraser paid a brief visit to Bloem- 
fontein on Wednesday, the 25th March, to 
the Annual Congress of the South African 
Legion. He received a very warm welcome, 
and, in a brief speech referred to the progress 
of the British Legion, particularly in gather- 
ing young men into its ranks. " Do not 
hesitate in every constituency and in 
Parliament to make yourselves felt, even 
to the point of embarrassing the Govern- 
ment, whatever their politics, but not," 
he added, " about their politics." 

Lord Fraser conveyed the good wishes of 
all British ex-Servicemen and women to 
their colleagues in the Union. 

It was reported, that a Pilgrimage of 
400 Legionaires and widows would visit 
the United Kingdom, and certain of the 
war graves in Europe during May and June 
of this year. No other Commonwealth 
country — other than Britain herself — had 
organised pilgrimages on a scale like this, 
it was stated. 

Lord Fraser was the guest at lunch of the 
President, Mr. McPherson, of Johannesburg. 


Father P. G. Howell 

The many St. Dunstaners who knew 
him in the early days will hear with the 
greatest regret of the death, at the age 
of 73, of Father P. G. Howell, Roman 
Catholic Chaplain to St. Dunstan's from 

Father Howell took a very active part in 
the life of St. Dunstan's in those days, and 
many will mourn his loss and feel that they 
have lost a very valued friend. He left us to 
become the parish priest, first of Edgware 
and later of St. Anselm and St. Cecilia's 
Church, Kingsway, London; we have been 
told that he often spoke of St. Dunstan's. 

A. Bennett of Dover, writes: — 

" Father Howell was a very well-liked 
man, especially to the Catholic fellows . . . 
In those days, we had what we called 
' football ' teams, and many men took part 
in kicking in from the goal line. It was 
a frequent thing for Father Howell to 
don a sweater and go in goal. The Church 
of England padre, the Rev. Williams, did 
the same." 

Miss Hilda Staddon 

We have learned with regret of the death 
of Miss Hilda Staddon, for many years a 
V.A.D. at St. Dunstan's. There will be 
many St. Dunstaners of the Cornwall 
Terrace and St. John's Lodge days who will 
remember her quiet helpfulness and friend- 
liness. Miss Staddon died suddenly but 
very peacefully after a long illness. 

Our sympathy is offered to Miss Staddon's 
sister who was herself a V.A.D. 

Mr. H. M. Alers-Hankey 

We have heard with deep regret of the 
death, at the age of 84, of Mr. H. M. Alers- 
Hankey, Chairman of St. Dunstan's (South 
Africa) for many years and patron until his 

Family News 

One of the daughters of H. Wordsworth, 
of Gainsborough, has emigrated to America. 
She and her family sailed on March 11th. 

• • • 

Marion Britton, Blackburn, has passed 
her first S.R.N, examination with the highest 
possible marks. 

• • • 

David Knape, Handcross, has won the 
Brighton and Hove District Schoolboys' 
Amateur Boxing Association 7-stone Cham- 
pionship, for which he received a cup and 
medallion, and was also runner-up in the 
Sussex Schoolboys' Championship. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters. 

On Easter Monday, Eric Brown, Burton- 

On February 14th, Sylvia Simpson, 

On Easter Saturday, Hilda Rita Maskell, 
Hunmanby, Yorkshire, to Geoffrey Bielby. 
They will live at Middlesbrough. 

On April 1st, Eileen Keegan, Cork, to 
Matthew Reilly. 

On Easter Saturday, Winnie Seymour, 
Barnoldswick, via Carnforth. 

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Bombardier Roland John Robertson, Honourable Artillery Company 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of R. J. Robertson, of Leigh-on-Sea. 

He came to St. Dunstan's as recently as July of last year, although he served in the First World War 
from August, 1915, until 1919. 

His age and the precarious state of his health ruled out any form of training. He had entered 
hospital on a number of occasions since last year, and again in February of this year. He then went to Pearson 
House for convalescence, but his condition later deteriorated and he died there on March 31st. 

Mrs. Robertson had died in 1951 and his daughter, Pamela, has cared for her father and younger 
brother since that time. Our deep sympathy goes out to both of them now in their further loss. 
Lance Corporal George Strutt, 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment 

We have to record with deep regret the death of G. Strutt, of Sheffield, at the age of 66. He had been 
in poor health for some time but his death came rather suddenly. 

He had enlisted in April, 1914, and was wounded on the Somme in 1917. He came to St. Dunstan's 
in August of that year. He first had a small greengrocer's shop, doing also a little boot repairing, but in 1 929 
he took up mat-making and he carried on with this for many years. 

Our very sincere sympathy is sent to his wife and family. 

Corporal Ernest Waldron, Royal Engineers 

With deep regret we record the death of E. Waldron, of Weston-super-Mare, at the age of 65. 

He enlisted almost at the outbreak of the First World War and served until February, 1919, but did 
not come to St. Dunstan's until November, 1952. Owing to his age, he preferred not to take training He 
lost his wife in 1954, and was then cared for by his sisters, but later went to Ovingdean and Pearson House, 
where he spent most of 1957. He went home for Christmas of that year, and did not return to Brighton, 
He died at his home on March 16th. 

To his sons and to his sisters our deep sympathy is sent. 



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Private Albert Hermon, 47th Canadians 
With deep regret we record the death of A. Hermon, of Watlington. He was 74. 
He had served with the 47th Canadians from January, 1916, and came to St. Dunstan's in August of 
1917, when he trained as a mat-maker. He worked at this until 1929, when ill-health forced him to give up. 
Over the past few years his health has gradually deteriorated. His wife died in October of last year and he 
was admitted to Pearson House, where he remained until his death on March 14th. 

He leaves a married daughter, Mrs. Boyd, to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Alfred Clarence Holland, Royal Flying Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of A. C. Holland, of Pensby, Wirral, Cheshire. He 
was 58. 

He served in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and after, from 1917 to June, 1921, and he 
came to St. Dunstan's in February, 1938. He was trained as a basket and rug-maker, and he carried on 
these crafts until the time of his death, sending baskets for our Stores. 

He leaves a widow and two sons, one of whom is in the Royal Navy, and our deep sympathy is extended 
to them. 

Sergeant John Kelleher, Royal Munster Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of J. Kelleher, of Cork, Eire, at the age of 79. 

He was an old soldier — he had enlisted as far back as 1897 — and he served until his discharge 
in March, 1917. He came to us in 1947, but his age and health prevented him taking any training. He had been 
in poor health for some time, but his death was nevertheless quite sudden. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his wife and daughter. 

Private Ernest Lake, 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of E. Lake, of Scarborough. He was 71. 

Enlisting in May, 1916, he was wounded at Ypres in 1917 and came to St. Dunstan's that year. He 
was then a widower. Because of ill-health his training in netting and wool-rug making was extended over 
a longer period than usual and eventually he took over a confectionery and stationery shop. He carried on this 
business until 1932; from then until 1951 he worked at rug-making until ill-health again intervened. This, 
coupled with his age, forced him to give up this occupation. His health had been poor for some time 
although his death was not expected. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs Lake and her son, and to the children of his two previous 

Private William Patrick Nolan, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of W. P. Nolan, of Pontefract. He was 61. 

He had served only three months, May — July, 1915, when he was wounded and he came to St. Dunstan's 
the same year. He trained in wool rug-making and basket-making, but eventually became a shop-keeper 
in the towns of Brighouse and Pontefract. He also had stalls in the local markets. He gave this up in 
1933, and for three years did only rugs and baskets for our Stores. His health had not been good in past 
years, and he died on April 9th in Pontefract General Hospital following an operation. 

Our deep sympathy goes to his sister, Mrs. Moxon, and her husband, with whom he lived. 

Driver Eddie Price Rees, Royal Army Service Corps 
With deep regret we record the death of E. Price Rees, of Moreton, Wirral, at the age of 65. 
He saw service from June, 1916, until May, 1919, but did not come to St. Dunstan's until November, 
1952, when his age ruled out serious training. He did, however, make joinery his hobby. 
Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Rees. 

Private Henry Potts, Royal Hussars 

With deep regret we record the death of H. Potts, of Harrogate, which took place in hospital on 
March 26th. He was 67. 

He served from December, 1915, until August, 1919, and was wounded in France. He did not, 
however, come to us until January, 1946, when he trained as a basket-maker, and he carried on this craft 
almost to the day of his death. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Potts and her family. 

Private Ernest Puddefoot, Labour Corps 
We record with deep regret the death of E. Puddefoot, of Worthing, at the age of 72. 
Enlisting in 1916, he was discharged a year later and came to us in October, 1936. He trained as a 
telephonist, and with one break from 1945 — 46, he carried on with his work until 1951. Since his retirement 
owing to ill-health, he had worked at several hobbies. He had been seriously ill for some time, and his death 
took place on March 16th. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Puddefoot, whom he had married in 1956. He had previously 
been a widower. 

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ON Saturday, May 9th, Lady Fraser and I attended the St. Dunstan's Reunion at Windsor. 
There were ninety-six St. Dunstaners present, mainly from Kent, Surrey, Buckingham- 
shire and Berkshire, and, together with wives, escorts and members of the staff, 
the company numbered over two hundred. 

This was a most successful gathering and I should judge that it was greatly enjoyed by all 
who were present. 

St. Dunstan's Reunions are a feature of our corporate life and I attach very great 
importance to them for many reasons. For instance, they are an occasion when old friends 
can meet and swop stories about the past and about matters of common interest. They provide 
an outing and a pleasant change from the daily routine. Members of the Headquarters 
Welfare Staff, and representatives of the various departments are present, and there is, therefore, 
an opportunity for St. Dunstaners to have an interview with those who are concerned with 
their affairs and to have outstanding questions dealt with. 

Finally, they are an opportunity for St. Dunstan's officials to meet a cross section of St. 
Dunstaners, to learn how they are getting on and to deal with matters of general and individual 

Thus the Reunions have both a social and a business value, and contribute materially to 
the esprit de corps of our Society and to the smooth working of our administration. 

Wherever possible, a Member of the Council attends and this is advantageous both to 
St. Dunstaners and to the Council, as a means of keeping in touch. 

I am always struck by, and at first thought, somewhat disappointed by the fact that a 
number of St. Dunstaners do not come. Whereas ninety-six turned up at the Windsor 
Reunion, there were about one hundred and sixty who are in the area and were invited. 
Some of these were, of course, enjoying a holiday at Ovingdean; others are ill, but there 
remains a number who might have been present but were noti 

I make no criticism of them, for doubtless there are many good reasons, but it would 
add greatly to the value and importance of the Reunions if all who can do so would come. 
There is not only the pleasure you may get out of the Reunion yourself, but also the pleasure 
you give to those who want to meet you, and beyond what I have said earlier, there is also 
the very real value to St. Dunstan's Headquarters officials to meet as large and representative 
a group as possible. 

I know from my own experience how tempting it is to stay at home and not to turn 
out and make a journey if it can be avoided, but I do urge upon my friends to give this matter 
serious thought, for I believe that once the effort has been made it will be well rewarded, 
and that a visit to the Reunion will be a pleasure, both at the time and in retrospect. 

At Windsor, I was accompanied by Colonel M. F. Ansell, c.b.e., d.s.o., a Member of 


St. Dunstan's Council, who will be going to one or two Reunions and who had come with 
me for the first time as a Council Member to learn the ropes. 

Colonel Ansell is well-known to St. Dunstaners as a broadcasting personality in connection 
with the International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show which he so successfully 
organises. His story is worth restating, because it is a very remarkable one. Before the 
Second War, he was himself a member of the British Show Jumping team and was one of our 
leading international horsemen. On the outbreak of war, while commanding a cavalry 
regiment, he was blinded and taken prisoner, and I well remember when he was repatriated 
and came to St. Dunstan's to discuss his future with me. His passionate interest in the 
horse made him determined to devote himself to this subject. I remember telling him that 
it was an unlikely career for a blind man, but I proved to be wrong. 

In a few years he became the leading figure in this sphere in Britain, and reorganised the 
horse jumping and other horse societies, and virtually " put the horse back on its feet." He 
is now the leading authority and has been more responsible than any other person for the 
success of the British Show Jumping team in the Olympic and other international contests. 

These activities reflect his persistence and his ability and it is not surprising that he has 
been appointed Colonel of his own Regiment, the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. 

Colonel Ansell, in a brief acknowledgment of the warm welcome he was given, said 
that it was an honour to be a member of the Council of St. Dunstan's — " the finest Society 
of its kind in the world." 

Mr. George Eustace proposed a vote of thanks to St. Dunstan's. 

I have devoted this note to the Windsor Reunion, not because it is in itself any more 
important than any of the others, but because it is the first I have attended this year, and 
because I want to reinforce what Mr. Hopewell said in his admirable article in March, about 
the importance of our Reunions. 


Lady (Arthur) Pearson 
Remembrance Service 

On Sunday, April 26th, Sir Neville 
Pearson, bt., and Lady Pearson, and Mrs. 
Wyndham Gary, attended at St. Dunstan's 
Chapel, Ovingdean, when a service was 
held in remembrance of Sir Neville's 
mother, the late Lady (Arthur) Pearson, 


The service was conducted by St. 
Dunstan's Padre, the Rev. W. J. Taylor. 

Sir Neville prefaced the reading of the 
Lesson by saying that, on going through 
his mother's papers, he found that she had 
kept a number of the Order papers for 
the Service which is held each year in 
December in memory of Sir Arthur 
Pearson. He felt that on this occasion, 
as an Act of Remembrance, he would like 
to read one of these Lessons which she 
had loved so much. 

Derby Sweepstake 

The Derby Sweepstake is now closed. 
The Draw will take place at the London 
Club on the evening of Thursday, May 
28th. All those drawing a horse will be 
notified by post. 

Room for Thought 

With summer just around the corner, I 
am sure that many of you are thinking of 
holidays and wondering where to go or 
what to do. I hope this short article will 
help you to make up your minds. 

I know that many of you have spent a 
holiday at Ovingdean, but I know there are 
many who, like myself, have never paid it a 
visit. I had thought many times of the 
appeal our Chairman, Lord Fraser, made in 
a recent issue of the Review to the older St. 
Dunstaners, to make up their minds and 
visit Ovingdean. I made the effort and 
spent a glorious week at Easter, and I 
must say it was one of the happiest holidays 
my wife and I had ever spent. I can assure 
you that a warm welcome awaits you from 
Matron and her wonderful staff, who do 
all in their power to make you happy and 
comfortable. Another pleasure I got from 
my visit, was that I met chaps whom I 
had not met for nearly forty years. I 
also made many new friends whom I hope 
to meet again later in the year, for I was so 
happy that I decided to book another 
holiday as soon as I could. Do try and 
pay a visit. I assure you that you will 
not regret it. 

W. H. Harding. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — Another reminder that the 
Harrogate Week will be held this year from 
September 12th — 19th. If you have not 
already given your name to Mr. Willis, 
please do so at once. 

A reminder, too, that St. Dunstan's 
Bridge Congress will take place during 
the week-end of Saturday, November 14th. 
Entries for the Teams of Four and Pairs 
events for the Sir Arthur Pearson Cup, 
should be sent to Mr. Willis at the Club. 

The final results of the London Business 
Houses League matches have now come 
in. Our team did not do quite so well 
as usual. Of their ten matches they won 
two, drew two and lost six. They were 
fifth in their section. 


The Braille Tests 

During the past fifteen months the 
following St. Dunstaners have passed their 
Braille tests: 

Preliminary Tests. A. Boardman, R. 
Hamilton, H. Buckley, A. Craigie, L. 
Halliday, W. Yarwood. 

Writing Tests. A. Boardman and R. 

Advanced (Interpoint) Tests. G. A. Richard- 
son, J. Humphrey, J. Mudge, R. C. Jones. 

Senior Tests. P. Dent and L. White. 

In the ten years since 1948, only fifty 
St. Dunstaners in all have reached the 
standard required to pass the Senior Braille 
Reading Test, and this number includes 
three women St. Dunstaners. Bearing in 
mind the ratio of women to men St. 
Dunstaners, can it be that the ladies are 
more industrious in this sphere at any rate ? 

Chess Week-end 

The Chess Week-end at Ovingdean 
this year has been arranged from Friday, 
October 2nd, to Monday, October 5th 
(nights inclusive), and I shall, as usual, be 
writing to all those St. Dunstaners on my 
Chess list nearer the time. If there are 
any other men who would like to join in 
the Chess Tournament I shall be very 
pleased to hear from them. 

C. D. Wills. 

From All Quarters 

Charles Cooper, of Worthing, has again 
been elected Vice-Chairman of the Worthing 
Divisional Conservative Association and 
Chairman of the Local Government 
Committee. Mr. Cooper has also been 
returned unopposed in the Borough Council 

• • • 

We reported last month that J. A. Pecket, 
of Manchester, had emigrated to Australia. 
This was an error. Only his mother 
and sister left. 

• • • 

Geoff. Preston, recently of Addlestone 
and now of Woking, Surrey, says that he is 
taking part, in a small way, in the 
dollar export drive. After thirteen years 
making crossword puzzles, he now has a 
weekly one appearing in a Canadian 
publication. The only English-speaking 
country that has not published his puzzles 
is the U.S.A. 

• • • 

H. Goodley, of Diss, won a first prize 
and a third prize for tulips and hyacinths 
at the Annual Spring Show. 

• • • 

A. H. Clark, of Newton Abbott, has 
received a presentation Clock from the 
Western Region, British Railways, in com- 
memoration of forty-five years with the 
railway. He is still working, but is due for 
retirement in 1960. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following 
upon their Ruby Weddings : 

Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hodgman, of Sutton, 
Surrey, April 21st; Mr. and Mrs. L. 
Williams, of Birmingham (Mr. Williams 
is now at Pearson House), April 24th; 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Kempster, of Hemel Hemp- 
stead, May 1st.; and Mr. and Mrs. W. 
Tremble, of Knaresborough, May 17th. 


J. H. Hawkins, of Sidcup (Beryl has had 
a son); A. C. Scott, of Belfast (a daughter 
for Barbara). W. W. Watson, of How Mill, 
near Carlisle (another granddaughter) ; B. C. 
Nobbs, of Purbrook (another grandson); 
W. McCarthy, Davyhulme, Manchester, 
whose fifteenth grandchild — a boy — was 
born in Sydney, Australia, on May 4th. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

My husband was on the steps outside, 
cutting our hedge, when two people passed. 
The man said to his wife, " Fancy anyone 
getting on steps with so much traffic up 
and down." His wife replied, " He's a 
St. Dunstan's man." " Well," her husband 
said, " only a b.f. who couldn't see would 
do a thing like that." 

My husband came in laughing and said, 
" Well, I've often wondered what I am — 
now I know! " 

Yours sincerely, 
Wimborne. (Mrs.) W. Burtenshaw. 

Dear Editor, 

May I be permitted to say I fully agree 
with all Peter Piper said, especially his 
illustration of the use of Braille besides mere 
reading, for I too, have made full use 
of Braille in connection with both my work 
and hobbies and still have measurements 
and details I put down in Braille over 
thirty years ago. 

As to family work or hobby interfering 
with one's Braille, stuff and rubbish. I 
doubt if there is a man with rougher hands 
than Joe Jordan, as a result of years of 
mat-making and gardening, yet it is not 
long since he took a handkerchief, folded 
it, laid it over his book, and read through 
it in the Lounge at Ovingdean — and fast, 

Yours sincerely, 
Southwick. George Fallowfield. 

Manchester Club Notes 

On Saturday, May 9th, our Club members 
and their wives left Manchester by coach 
in the afternoon on our annual outing 
to Pleasington, near Blackburn. 

After a pleasant journey we were 
welcomed, on arrival, by our hosts, Mr. 
and Mrs. Hindle, of the Railway Hotel, 
our St. Dunstaner friend, Bob Britton, 
and others. 

The weather matched the warmth of the 
reception given to us, and we were able to 
look around the quiet village set in most 
beautiful surroundings before we sat down 
to tea at 5.50, a meal which we have come 
to regard as the traditional " feast " served 
at Pleasington. 

After tea, we had a short break, strolling 
in the fresh air and mixing with our friends, 
prior to assembling for games of darts and 
dominoes, losing by one game at darts and 
winning all games but one in dominoes. 

All played- in the usual friendly spirit, 
and finished in good time, leaving the rest 
of the evening for full enjoyment of 
friendly games and a sing-song, led, for 
the most part, by our songstress, Mrs. Sam 

A special word of thanks is due to Mrs. 
Bob Britton, who provided the very lovely 
cakes, pastries and ices for the tea and to 
Bob Russell for being a perfect host from 
start to finish. 

In the absence of our Chairman, Mr. W. 
Bramley, our thanks were expressed by 
Mr. H. Frost, Vice-Chairman, to all those 
who had contributed to what was described 
as one of the very best occasions when 
we had been guests at Pleasington. 

Jim Shaw, 

Liverpool Club Notes 

The Annual General Meeting of the Liver- 
pool Club was held on Saturday, March 
21st. In the absence of the President, 
Capt. E. Hallo way, the Chairman opened the 
meeting with an expression of thanks to 
all members for their whole-hearted support, 
and also had a special word of thanks for 
the ladies for the valuable services they 
rendered in providing refreshments through- 
out the year, and in connection with the 
games, etc. He also expressed, on behalf 
of the members, a sincere appreciation 
of the invaluable help so willingly given 
by Mr. Harry Formstone in arranging 
our various competitions and assisting in 
every way possible. 

The financial statement of the Club's 
accounts was then read out and unanimously 
agreed to. This was followed by the 
election of officers, which resulted as 
follows: President: Capt. E. Halloway; 
Chairman: W. Simpson; Vice-Chairman: 
E. Cooper; Treasurer: J. Blakely; Secretary: 
T. Milner. 

Our first summer outing takes place on 
Saturday, May 30th, and will be to 
Llandudno. The Committee invite St. 
Dunstaners resident in the Merseyside area 
to come along and join in the activities 
of the Club. 

Meetings: April 25th, May 9th, and 
fortnightly afterwards. 

* * •¥■ 

Our late St. Dunstaner, A. C. Holland, 
of Wirral, left four children — two sons and 
two daughters — and not two sons only as 


Sic transit gloria mundi 
An Emperor Rides By- 
It was a glorious morning in May, 1910, 
when I stood on the pavement of the 
Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, in the company 
of many others, awaiting the return of the 
troops from the great Review that had 
taken place on the Tempelhof Feld on the 
outskirts of the city. The troops were to 
march down the long narrow Friedrich- 
strasse which crosses the city from east 
to west, traversing on the way the famous 
Unter den Linden. 

The crowds were quiet but expectant 
as they awaited the arrival of the parade 
which had the Kaiser at its head. 

Suddenly the strains of martial music 
were heard and presently the leading columns 
were in sight, marching in broad lines, 
goose-stepping as they passed. Then there 
was a splash of colour as there appeared 
companies of the Frederick the Great 
Grenadiers, clad in the picturesque uniforms 
of long ago ; powdered wigs on their heads 
and wearing a head-dress similar to a 
bishop's mitre. More and more marching 
troops and then came a lonely figure on 
horseback, his features set and stern, the 
famous moustache pointing upwards as so 
often depicted by cartoonists of the period. 
The Kaiser, as of course he was, wore a 
light cream uniform, on his breast and 
back burnished steel breastplates. On 
his shoulders were large epaulettes of gold 
lace. His head-dress was a steel helmet 
which was oval at the top and came down 
well over his neck and shoulders. On the 
summit of the helmet there was a large 
eagle with outspread wings and head, and 
body outstretched as though preparing to 
attack its prey. The crowd was quiet but 
respectful as their monarch rode by, but 
I saw one incident which rather shocked me, 
and I think indicated the almost divine 
relationship felt by some Germans towards 
their Kaiser, although I had seen cartoons 
in some of the well-known and respectable 
magazines lampooning the Kaiser, which 
would not have been permitted about 
our King in the English press. 

The incident I mentioned occurred as 
the Kaiser passed the spot where I was 
standing. A man was leaning out of an 
upper window on the opposite side of the 
street, waving a handkerchief; suddenly 
he stopped dead, in the act of waving, 

horror on his face .... the Kaiser had 
caught his eye. 

A few months later, I saw the troops 
returning from another Review, but this 
time the crowds were in holiday mood 
and relaxed, for the reviewing officer was 
their favourite, the Crown Prince — " Little 

As the Crown Prince appeared, riding a 
charger, the people shouted and cheered, 
obviously delighted. As he rode along, 
the Crown Prince waved and smiled 
and seemed to enjoy himself immensely. 
He wore the uniform of the Death's Head 
Hussars, his cap bore, on the front, the 
huge skull and crossbones, which, because 
of their dead white colour, stood out pro- 
minently, giving the smiling face below an 
almost sinister appearance. 

I wonder how many of the spectators who 
watched those Royal occasions thought 
that within ten years the Kaiser would 
have been toppled from his throne, and that 
his dynasty would have disappeared for 
ever. I didn't. 

Ah well! .... so pass the glories of the 

Duncan McAlpin. 

Sutton Club Notes 

The Club meeting was held on Saturday, 
April 25th, and although it was such a 
bad afternoon, as regards the weather, 
it was very well attended. 

Final arrangements are being made for 
the Club's outing to Littlehampton on 
Saturday, June 27th. All members will be 
notified between now and the June meeting 
where they will be picked up. 

Ted Dudley, 


Passing Thoughts 

Ofwath avails the doctor's skill 
If the patient isn't ill, 
When, alas, our radiant prime 
Is undermined by Father Time, 
When hearing, sight and dulcet voice 
Leave us naught but Hobson's Choice. 

When the patient isn't ill 
Of what avails the doctor's pill 
Could her elixir but reverse 
The horrid trend towards the hearse 
Then gladly would we pay her bill 
And leave her something in our will. 
S. A. Chambers. 


Talking Book Library 
May Discoveries 

Discoveries because, having just moved 
house, I have lit upon a mislaid batch of 
released books which, I might add, has 
done nothing to relieve my already con- 
siderable flat spin. 

Here are some of the culprits : — 

"The Night-Comers," by Eric Ambler, 
reader Eric Gillett, has Indonesia for its 
setting. It is a clear yarn of a confused 
attempt by rebels to take over the govern- 
ment in good old South American style. A 
young white pilot and employees of an en- 
gineering firm are involved in the fracas 
with no intention of taking part in it. 
Altogether a sinister piece of tragi-comedy. 
Cat. No. 449. 

" The Lighthearted Quest," by Ann 
Bridge, reader Stephen Jack, moves from 
Scotland to Morocco. A girl looking for 
her missing brother finds a trail leading to 
danger and excitement and tenuous threads 
of Arab intrigue. A wee bit smuggling 
and a gallant ship's mate add spice to this 
well-garnished dish. Cat. No. 377. 

" Fiametta," by Anne Duffield, reader 
Arthur Bush, again is a sister searching 
for her brother, this time on a pleasant 
Italian island. A menacing background to 
a holiday atmosphere is admirably con- 
veyed. Someone more interesting than 
a brother rather deflects her but the whole 
business is sorted out eventually in a 
somewhat startling way. Cat. No. 354. 

" Gentian Hill," by Elizabeth Goudge, 
reader Stephen Jack, is a book I warm to. 
Set in Devon during the Napoleonic Wars, 
it concerns an orphan girl cared for by 
farmer foster parents, a boy deserter from 
the Navy, and the legend of Torquay Abbey 
for the most part. Delightful weaving 
around these salient features produces a 
longish book that is not long enough. Cat. 
No. 352. 

"Amberwell," by D. E. Stevenson, 
reader Derek McCulloch, is the story of 
a lovely house in Scotland and its inmates. 
Covering some forty years in the lives of 
half-a-dozen differing people, the book 
covers quite a range of emotion and 
experience with never a let up in the interest 
quality. Cat. No. 351. 

" Venture to the Interior," by Laurens 
van der Post, reader Derek McCulloch, is 
the story of an exhausting trek into the 

mountains of Rhodesia. This South 
African is steeped in the magic of Africa 
and his book is well worth reading. Cat. 
No. 355. 

" Our Village To-day," by S. P. B. Mais, 
reader Robin Holmes, is a fascinating study 
of Oxfordshire villages. Cat. No. 300. 

" The Litmore Snatch," by Henry Wade, 
reader Arthur Bush, is an exciting tale of 
the recovering of a kidnapped ten year 
old. The tension and suspense is well 
maintained during the careful routine 
investigations. Towards the end there is 
quite a twist which quickens the interest. 
Cat. No. 369. 


The Catalogue No. of " Talking to 
Animals," should be 486 and not 786 as 
reported last month. 

Dead, But We Won't Lie Down 

We take the following from the April, 
1959, St. Dunstan's Review (South Africa). 

"In addition to its official tide of St. 
Dunstan's, our organisation is often referred 
to by journalists in newspaper articles, and 
by people making speeches, in such glow- 
ing terms as the House of Hope, or as 
an " Exclusive Club." St. Dunstan's has 
also been likened to being something of a 
mixture of a Technical Training College, 
a Welfare Society, and even something of 
a University. 

Consequently it came as a great shock 
to all of us at Howard Centre here in 
Pinelands, when we actually received a 
telegram which was addressed as follows: — 

" St. Dunstan's, Hardwood Cemetery, 

But never fear; in spite of this decidedly 
premature address, St. Dunstan's Head- 
quarters will continue to be very much 
alive as long as there is a blinded ex-service 
man or woman living in South Africa. 

We are quite relieved that wreaths and 
other floral tributes did not accompany the 
above telegram. 

In bringing this amusing little titbit to 
your notice, we lay ourselves open for a 
spate of caustic comments. Nevertheless 
we will take that chance! 

Please remember that " Old Soldiers 
never Die," and we shall take a lively 
exception if we receive any correspondence 
addressed to the " Dead Letter Office." " 


Family News 

Gerald Fisher (Glasgow), is taking part 
in the "What Do You Know?" (Brains 
of Britain competition), which takes place 
on the Light Programme each Thursday 
evening. He won the first round in March 
and the second round on May 21st. He now 
goes into the third round, being one of 
the two representing Scotland in the 

His sister, Christine, with eight other 
girls from her college, will dance in the 
T.V. " Top Town " programme, Aberdeen 
v. Leeds. 

Patricia Stanway, Morecambe, got 83 
marks out of a possible 100, in the Lieder 
Class at Morecambe Musical Festival. She 
was only four marks below the winner. 

E. Hindley, Salford (his father was our 
late St. Dunstaner, E. Hindley), is a keen 
Rugger player. His school team have won 
the final of the Salford District Cup, each 
player receiving a medal. 

Susan Womack, of Leicester, has received 
her bronze medal for dancing. 

Pamela Carlton, Morecambe, took first 
prize at a recent Pony Club competition for 

Valerie Shread, King's Lynn, has passed 
her State Registered Nurse examination. 

Another bronze medallist for ballroom 
dancing — Sandra Evans, Derby. 


Taylor — Cavanagh. — On May 7th, H. 
Taylor, late of Bournemouth, to Mrs. 
Cavanagh, widow of our St. Dunstaner, 
W. Cavanagh. They will live in Patcham. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
following : — 
Coman. — To A. E. Coman, of Dunswell, 

near Hull, whose wife died suddenly on 

May 11th. 
Summers. — To P. Summers, of Hamilton, 

in the sudden death, at Rothesay, on 

May 9th, of his eldest daughter. 

Mrs. Richardson 

St. Dunstaners everywhere will sym- 
pathise with F. G. Richardson, of Lancing, 
in the loss of his wife. 

Mrs. Richardson was not only the wife 
of a St. Dunstaner, she was one of the 
earliest helpers on the Appeals side. It was 
in 1924 that Mr. Ernest Kessel discovered 
that she had been an Alexandra Rose Day 
organiser since 1911, and she and her 
husband became Flag Day organisers for 
St. Dunstan's, and together they contributed 
greatly to our financial strength. Later, Mr. 
Richardson became one of our lecturers, 
and his wife was still his constant guide and 

He retired three years ago, after 31 years' 
service, and it is sad that these years have 
been marred by periods of illness suffered by 
his wife. They had moved into a flat in 
Brighton only three months before her death. 

|)n jl^mon)" {continued from page 8) 

Private Charles Williams, 2nd I hi Welsh Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of Charles Williams, late of Wrexham. He was 75. 

He was an old soldier — he had enlisted in March, 1903, and he was wounded at Armentieres in 
December, 1914, and came to us the following year. 

He trained as a basket-maker and was an excellent craftsman. He became a permanent resident 
at Pearson House in 1954 (he had preferred to keep his own home as long as possible). 

He was a bachelor and leaves a sister to whom we extend our very sincere sympathy. He was 
extremely popular at Pearson House and his unfailingly cheerful personality will be greatly missed. 

Some forty St. Dunstaners in the Brighton area, members of the staff and friends attended the funeral. 

Private Edward Sutton Tomlin, Labour Corps 

With deep regret we record the death of E. S. Tomlin, of Barking. He was within a few weeks of 72. 

His service was from March, 1916, until March, 1919. It was not until December, 1952, that he came 
to St. Dunstan's. Owing to his age he did not take training and just over a year ago his health began to 
deteriorate. He became seriously ill at the beginning of the year and he died on April 24th. 

Our deep sympathy goes to his widow and grown up family. 

Gunner William John James, 285190th H.A.A., Royal Artillery 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. J. James, of Banstead. He was 52. 

He enlisted in January, 1941, and came to St. Dunstan's in September, 1944. He trained at woodwork, 
basket-making and wool rugs and was still doing basket-work at the time of his death, which took place 
suddenly on April 17th. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his widow and family. 


4i cji 

In JiUmcri)' 

Corporal William Arthur Biggs, B.E.M., Royal Army Veterinary Corps 
With deep regret we record the death of W. A. Biggs, for many years of Leicester, but of recent 

years at Pearson House. He was 81. 

Enlisting in April, 1916, he was discharged from the Army in 1919, and came to us two years later. 

He had had a boot-polish maker's business and he carried on with this until 1927, when he took a course in netting. 

For very many years he was a wonderful helper for our Appeals Department, in connection with the Working 

Men's Clubs in Leicester and he is still affectionately remembered there. He was awarded the B.E.M. in August, 

1948. In all he had raised some £20,000 for our organisation. 

He lost his wife in 1950 and live years later he entered Pearson House. Our deep sympathy is extended 

to his three sons and two daughters. 

Bombardier William Henry Collins, Royal Field Artillery 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. H. Collins, of Blackpool, at the age of 71. 

He had enlisted as early as March, 1907, and was wounded in June, 1915. He came to St. Dunstan's 
in May, 1916, where he trained as a mat-maker and poultry farmer. He followed both occupations in the 
south of England, but later gave up his poultry keeping. In 1947, he moved to Blackpool and still carried 
on his excellent mat-making. Ill-health compelled him to give up working in 1952. He had been in failing 
health for some considerable time and his death, on May 12th in hospital, was not unexpected. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his widow and the children of his previous marriages. 
Private F. M. Duignan (Michael Cassidy), 13th Middlesex Regiment 

We record with deep regret the death of F. M. Duignan, of Bray, Co. Wicklow. He was 79. Enlisting 
as Michael Cassidy in May, 1916, he served until August, 1918, and came to St. Dunstan's the following year. 
In 1924, he went to the West Indies on propaganda work for St. Dunstan's and later made several other trips 
abroad, notably to France and Gibraltar. During his time at St. Dunstan's, he was a keen walker, and was 
the winner of the first St. Dunstan's London to Brighton Walk, in October, 1922. 

In 1927 he acquired a shop in Liverpool and in 1931 moved to Dublin, where he opened a billiard 
hall and hair-dressing business. He gave this up in 1954 owing to ill-health. 

Our deep sympathy goes to his sister in her loss. 

Gunner George Goldthorpe, Royal Field Artillery 
We record with deep regret the death of G. Goldthorpe, of Conisborough, Doncaster, at the age of 70 . 
He had enlisted in November, 1914, and was discharged in May, 1917, but did not come to St. Dunstan's 
until July, 1953, when he trained in basketry for local sales. Ill-health compelled him to give this up about 
a year ago. Although he had been in poor health for some considerable time, his death came unexpectedly. 
Our sincere sympathy is extended to his widow and family. 

Private Joseph James Knights, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of J. J. Knights, of Romford, at the age of 63. 

He served from August, 1916, until May, 1918, and came to us the same month. 

He trained first in joinery, which he did until 1935, when he became a telephonist and he was still 
employed as a telephonist at the time of his death in hospital, on April 12th. He was held in high esteem by 
his firm, Messrs. Charles Allen's. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Knights and her son and daughter. 

Private Daniel McCarthy, 6th K.O.R.L. 

With deep regret we record the death of D. McCarthy, of Fordingbridge. He was 66. 

He enlisted in September, 1914, and upon his discharge in 1915, he came to St. Dunstan's when he 
trained first on mat making and boot repairing, which crafts he carried on until the 1930's when he changed to 
poultry keeping. He was working as a poultry farmer up to the time of his death which took place suddenly 
on May 3rd. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. McCarthy and her son. 

Able Seaman William Lowry Redhead, 63rd Royal Naval Volunteer Service 
With deep regret we record the death of W. L. Redhead of Newcastle on Tyne. He was 65. 
He served as an Able Seaman from July, 1915, until November, 1918, when he came to St. Dunstan's. 
He trained in boot repairing and mat making and had a small boot shop for some years. His health had been 
poor for a long time, and since February he had been in hospital, where he died on April 23rd. 
To his family our deep sympathy is extended. 

Grenadier Edgar Richard Smith, Grenadier Guards 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of E. R. Smith, of West Bournemouth at the age of 68. 
His service had foen from 1915 until early 1919, but it was not until 1943 that he came to St. Dunstan's. 
He trained first as a boot repairer, but in 1944 took over a tobacconist's and confectioner's shop. He left 
this four years later to go to Southall, but returned to Bournemouth. After a serious operation last year, 
he spent a period of convalescence at Pearson House. He had to enter hospital again in April, where he died 
on the 16th. 

He leaves a widow and grown up family to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

{continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Hbrald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 471— Volume XLII 

JUNE, 1959 

Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


Public Life 

I HAVE from time to time noted on this page the success of many St. Dunstaners in 
public life. There have been members of Parliaments or Legislatures in various parts 
of the Commonwealth and a large number have been elected to County Councils and 
other local authorities and public bodies. Although seldom remunerative, these activities 
are ideally suited to a blind man who likes political or public affairs, and many have 
distinguished themselves. 

Blindness is always a handicap, but in this field it can be overcome, for the blind man can 
use Braille for agenda, speaking notes, etc., and many are adept at finding their way about 
in the Parliament building or Town Hall. 

Yesterday I met Micky Burns, well-known physiotherapist, who told me about his 
plans to contest the Putney Division of Wandsworth as a Liberal candidate at the next 
General Election. We have no party politics in St. Dunstan's, but we will all watch his 
fight with interest and hope that he is at the beginning of a political career. 

The other day I had a letter from Bunny Greatrex who tells me that he has just been 
re-elected Vice-Chairman of Chailey Rural District Council for the second year, and also 
elected Chairman of the Finance Committee. 

These are but two examples that have come under my notice and I refer to them because 
I hope the initiative of the St. Dunstaners concerned will be an encouragement to other 
St. Dunstaners all over the world to take part in national or local affairs if the spirit moves 
them to do so. 

A well-known St. Dunstaner passes 

Sergeant Alan Nichols died on May 14th after a short but severe illness. 

There were, I think, only two St. Dunstaners who lost both their hands in the First 
World War. By contrast there were about twenty who suffered this double disability in 
the Second War. This strange difference is, I think, due to the fact that modern drugs and 
treatment saved many lives which were formerly lost and perhaps also to the fact that there 
were more casualties from bullets and pieces of shrapnel in the First War, whereas very high 
explosives and blast dealt most damaging and shattering blows in the Second. For example, 
many of these casualties were due to land mines. 

Sergeant Nichols lectured most successfully for St. Dunstan's all over the country and 
overseas and was perhaps one of the best known of St. Dunstaners. Always a controversial 
figure, he was a most courageous man who made light of his terrible disabilities and set an 
example of fortitude and resilience. 


He took a special interest in the Old Contemptibles, of whom he was one, and they and 
many others will mourn his loss and sympathise with Mrs. Nichols, who survives him, and 
who helped him so much during his lifetime. 

A New Job For Jimmy 

Many will remember J. E. (Jimmy) Ellis and will join in congratulating him and wishing 
him luck in his new job, as reported on the opposite page. 


The Derby Sweepstake, 1959 

A bigger success than ever before — that 
was the Derby Sweepstake of 1959. In all, 
3,140 tickets were sold and after deducting 
£22 10s. Od. for printing and postage 
expenses, a sum of £370 was left for division 
in accordance with the printed rules. The 
final result was: 

London, N.5 (2910), £185. 

2nd, FIDALGO, H. ABBEY, Enfield 
(1729), £74. 

tingdean (1101), £37. 

The following received £4 7s. Od. each 
for the other seventeen horses which took 
part in the race: 

Above Suspicion, A. Hobson, Hastings 
(1515); Amourrou, A. Law, Pensax- 
Stockton (2205); Arvak, A. J. Chappell, 
Great Missenden (84); Barbary Pirate, 
R. Horner, Holmfirth (1197); Beau Tudor, 
C. Cooper, Worthing (1155); Carnoustie, 
P. J. Cottrell, Brighton (1866); Casque, 
T. Clarke, Carterton, Oxford (1255); Dan 
Cupid, F. J. Sherwood, S.E.9 (389); 
Josephus, S. J. Orchard, Midhurst (1171); 
Lindrick, T. W. North, Ovingdean (3037); 
New Brig, F. Fergie Woods, W.l (677); 
Princillon, H. T. Cheal, Saltford, Bristol 
(2110); Reactor, W. J. Keen, Purton (922). 
Regent II, A. A. Gemmel, Southampton 
(1563); Rousseau's Dream, I. Jones, Lus- 
ton, Leominster (1023); St. Crispin II, 
A. A. Gemmel, Southampton (62); Thy- 
mus, C. J. Green, London, N.14 (1667). 

Those drawing non-runners were: 

A. Rees, Brighton, Prins Eugen (3049); W. 
R. Bunting, Ashen, Salut II (2988); W. F. 
Cork, Elham, nr. Canterbury, Canigeen Duff 
(2120); C. Stockwell, Brighton, drew The 
Yield (1033). 

The Draw was made at the London Club 
on May 28th by St. Dunstaners Jim Murray 
and Sammy Webster. Mr. Bob Willis 
supervised the proceedings. 

St. Dunstaner Honoured 

Many congratulations to a new St. 
Dunstaner, B. Harsent, recently of London, 
S.W.I, but now of Colchester, who has 
been awarded the Imperial Service Medal 
after thirty-nine years' service with H.M. 
Treasury. This is a notable award received 
by very few Civil Servants. 

Mr. Harsent enlisted in 1915 and served 
throughout the First World War. He 
came to St. Dunstan's only last year, his 
sight having failed as a result of gassing 
during the war. 


I stood alone upon a hill before the day had dawned, 
The night was still and quiet, not a whisper from 

the wind, 
I raised my eyes up to the sky, no cloud was to be 

The stars looked very far away, their light was 

very dim, 
A sense of loneliness and fear stole over me by 

Was I the only being on this vast expanse of earth? 
And then I felt a Presence, unseen, unseeable, 
And all the loneliness and fear had gone as they had 

I knew not whence the Presence came, but I believed 

'twas God; 
A lark now soared up in the sky, its happy song to 

And my whole being thrilled with joy joined with 

it in its praise, 
The light now spread across the sky, the first sun 

rays appeared, 
And much of nature was astir, another day had 

And so for me there' 'd been two dawns as I stood 

there alone, 
The one occurring every day, the other much more 

'Tis good sometimes to be alone away from world's 

For pleasures oft-times bar the road that leads to 


W. C. Hills. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — Another reminder that the 
Harrogate Week will be held this year from 
September 12th — 19th. If you have not 
already given your name to Mr. Willis, 
please do so at once. 

A reminder, too, that St. Dunstan's 
Bridge Congress will take place during 
the week-end of Saturday, November 14th. 
Entries for the Teams of Four and Pairs 
events for the Sir Arthur Pearson Cup, 
should be sent to Mr. Willis at the Club. 


As Others See Us 

When I am unshaven, my beard is very 
thick and close and grows right over my 
cheek bones. I cannot wear plastic eyes. 
When I went into hospital last I had not been 
shaved for a fortnight and my face resembled 
that of an Old English sheep dog. You 
know the sort I mean — one of those dogs 
whose eyes you can't see for hair, with 
long hair sticking out from each side of 
his muzzle. The morning after my ad- 
mission the nurse had washed my face 
and I could " feel " her gazing down at 
me. She asked, " have you ever had any 
eyes ? " I replied, " oh, yes, I lost them 
in the war." She asked again, " in this 
last war against Hitler? " I replied, " no, 
I lost them in the First World War." She 
said, "the First World War? Where?" 
I replied, " in France." She then asked, 
" What, against Napoleon? " 
Thetford. Ben Hamilton. 

(Have you a good story to tell against 
yourself? If so, send it to the Editor. 
There will be 10s. 6d. for each one printed.) 

Sutton Club 

A last minute reminder of our Club 
outing to Littlehampton on Saturday 
June 27th. 

We have got details of our other meetings 
at the Red Cross Hall, Cheam, and these 
will bring us to a fortnightly meeting. 
We are, however, awaiting confirmation 
of dates which I hope will be available 

Our August meeting at the Adult School 
Hall is on Saturday the 22nd. I promised 
to let members know of this as soon as 

Your Chairman, 

Ted Dudley. 

Jimmy Ellis's New Appointment 

From the Cape Times, April 28th, 1959: 

" Mr. Jim Ellis, who for the past fifteen 
years has been engaged on appeals work 
for St. Dunstan's, has been appointed 
Public Relations Officer for the South 
African National Council for the Blind. 

Serving with the 10th Royal Hussars, 
Mr. Ellis fought in France and in the North 
African desert campaign, where he was 
totally blinded and severely injured when 
he was blown up on a minefield in the 
Western Desert. 

He lost his left hand and damaged his 
right, but when I spoke to him yesterday 
it was obvious that this handicap has not 
stopped him doing a man-sized job of work. 

After spending six months in a military 
hospital in Cairo, he came to Cape Town 
where he entered St. Dunstan's war-time 
training school, where he learnt to read and 
write Braille and to type with the remaining 
fingers on his right hand. It was there 
that he met Miss Laura Mullins, of Ronde- 
bosch, who was a V.A.D. in the training 
school. In 1945 they were married. 

At St. Dunstan's he began his interest in 
journalism, which led him to edit a small 
magazine, the South African St. Dunstan's 
Repiejp. There, too, he began going out 
to schools and meetings to tell about St. 
Dunstan's work. 

After two years at Cape Town he went 
overseas and was appointed as a lecturer 
on the propaganda staff of St. Dunstan's. 
For the next five years he travelled the 
length and breadth of Britain addressing 
gatherings of every description. In 1950 
he was appointed appeals' organiser of St. 
Dunstan's for the Union. 

In his new job Mr. Ellis will be preaching 
the gospel of the blind on behalf of the 
30,000 blind people in the Union of all 

Part of the work of the National Council 
for the Blind, is preventive, and two mobile 
units are operated to inform people of the 
danger of not caring for eye disease. 

' Life for me is people, and I am very 
happy to know that many of the people 
I have met in my work have become my 
personal friends. The needs of the 30,000 
blinded people in the Union are so great 
that I am looking forward to taking up 
this new work as a challenge, ' said Mr. 


Our Trip to Athens and Malta 

My wife and I left England via Dover 
and crossed the Channel during a very 
thick fog. We arrived at Ostend at 9 p.m. 
and after the usual formalities we boarded 
our train and half an hour later we left 
on our trip to Athens. 

During the hours of darkness we passed 
through Belgium, part of Holland and 
Germany and, at 8 a.m. on October 30th, 
we arrived at Mannheim and Stuttgart. 
During the day we passed through some 
very beautiful scenery and towards the 
evening we approached the German-Aust- 
rian frontier. The Austrian Alps, with 
their snow-covered peaks, towered above 
us as our train twisted and turned in and 
out through many fertile valleys. Travel- 
ling through Austria we met many contrasts. 
Women there were doing most of the work 
in the fields. We crossed the Austrian- 
Jugoslavian border during the night and 
were there held up for an hour by uniformed 
officials. Everyone on that train was well 
and truly screened, our passports, etc., 
being taken and not given back until we 
were nearly at the Greek border. The 
atmosphere was entirely different going 
through Jugoslavia. Again we found 
women working very hard in the fields, 
some busy picking cotton and hanging 
up tobacco leaves to dry around their 
quaint houses. All agricultural implements 
were drawn by oxen, donkeys and horses, 
but once in a while we came across a modern 
tractor being demonstrated. Towards Fri- 
day evening we approached the border to 
Greece. Two Greek Customs officials 
boarded the train and asked a number of 
questions regarding our baggage and other 
matters. They gave us a warm welcome 
and expressed the hope that we would have 
a happy holiday in Greece. At 10 p.m. we 
arrived in Salonika, then after some delay 
we set off on the last stage of our journey 
to Athens, which we reached at 11.40 a.m., 
after spending about sixty hours in the 

At the station was my son whom I had 
not met for ten years, his wife and our 
grandchildren, and also my wife's sister. 
This was a very happy reunion indeed. 

During our stay in Athens, although the 
Cyprus problem was at its height, we found 
no anti-British feeling at all. On the 
contrary, we had a very warm welcome 
everywhere we went and the people's hospi- 

tality knew no bounds. We met a cross- 
section of the public and also visited many 
historic places of interest. The Acropolis 
was very interesting indeed. As Lord 
Byron truly put it, under each stone in 
Greece lies history. They have erected a 
lovely statue to him there. 

My son is the only foreigner in the Greek 
Civil Service and he is teaching English in 
the Greek Naval Academy. In fact, the 
English language is the most sought after 
in Greece to-day. 

During my stay there we paid a visit 
to the British War Cemetery on many 
occasions and found everything so beauti- 
fully kept. Even the roses were in bloom 
on most of the graves in December. 

We spent Christmas very happily, staying 
with my son's in-laws. Then, on New 
Year's Day, we bade farewell to all our 
family and started the next stage of our 

At 5 p.m. we passed through the Corinth 
Canal on our way to Naples. The canal 
is seven miles long and it took us one and 
a half hours to pass through. The next 
morning we sighted the toe of Italy and 
sailed past it, then past Messina, Stromboli, 
Reggio, Vesuvius and other places of 
interest until we arrived at Naples on the 
morning of January 3rd. We had a day 
to spare in Naples before flying to on Malta 
so we hired a car and went up to Pompeii 
to see the ruins, and also visited the old 
Pompeii Cathedral. We took off that 
evening in a rather bad storm so that it 
was rather a bumpy take-off, but after we 
got up to 24,000 ft. everything was all 
right. We then had a good English dinner. 
This was our first experience of flying and 
we enjoyed it very much. 

We arrived at Malta at 8 p.m. My son 
and his wife were there to meet us. During 
our stay of three months on the island we 
visited many places of interest. On one 
occasion I had an interesting cruise round 
the island on a minesweeper. I can assure 
you that these small boats can do every- 
thing but turn over. 

We were always very thrilled going 
out with the grand-children in the car 
because they used to visit former friends 
of my son and would pick loads of oranges 
and lemons. On one occasion, early in 
February, we saw the Carnival, which was 
very pretty and interesting. My son filmed 
the same with his cine-camera. 


During my stay in Malta I made contact 
with many members of the R.A.O.B., of 
which I have been a member for forty 
years. They presented me with four jewels 
and a gold-plated tie-pin. 

We left Malta at 9 o'clock on April 3rd 
and arrived at London Airport in record 
time at 2.15 p.m. My advice to all St. 
Dunstan's friends — travel by air! 

We arrived home in Glorious Devon 
on April 6th, after spending the week-end 
in London, but it is not so warm here as 
it is in Athens and Malta. 

Finally I should add that our eldest son 
is Engineer Lieut. -Commander in charge 
of the Reserve Fleet, Malta. 
Brixkam, Devon. S. C. Loram. 


J. H. Dalton, of Middlesbrough (a 
daughter for George's wife); J. H. Martin, 
of Boreham Wood (a girl born to Patricia) ; 
and new grandchildren for G. B. Swanston, 
of Edinburgh (Esme, in Sweden, gave birth 
to a little girl recently — she already has a 
boy); H. Marsden, of Alderholt, Hants; 
and C. H. Wheeler, of St. Albans (a first 
grandson, born in Tasmania). 


P. Lynch, of Brandon, Co. Durham — 
another great-grandson. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following 
upon their Ruby Weddings: 

Mr. and Mrs. John Dunks, of Ramsgate, 
April 10th; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Colclough, 
of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, June 1st; Mr. 
and Mrs. B. E. Varley, of Mark's Tey, 
Colchester, June 4th; Mr. and Mrs. A. 
Hayes, of Bakers Field, Nottingham, June 

Family News 

We hear from Mrs. Brewer, of Bristol, 
that her eldest son was a successful 
candidate at the recent municipal election. 
(Mr. Brewer is a permanent resident at 
Pearson House owing to ill-health.) 

Raymond Varley, Sheldon, has recently 
passed two accordion examinations with 
Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Jean Dalton, Middlesbrough, on March 
21st, to Thomas Knight. 

Thomas Brown, South Shields, on Easter 
Saturday, to Elsie Moss. 

Liverpool Club Notes 

The Club held its Annual Summer 
Outing on Saturday, May 30th. This year 
we visited Colwyn Bay and Llandudno 
We left Liverpool at about 9.30 a.m. and 
travelling via the Mersey Tunnel, our coach 
was soon speeding along merrily through 
the beautiful North Wales countryside. As 
we reached the half-way mark to our 
destination, it was decided to call a halt 
for " elevenses," and this we did at a 
quaint old wayside cafe. Fully refreshed 
we continued our journey to Colwyn Bay, 
which we made in good time for lunch. 
An excellent meal was enjoyed at the Royal 
Hotel, followed by a cigarette and a drink 
or two, after which we proceeded to 
Llandudno. On arrival we dispersed, go- 
ing our various ways, some to stroll along 
the promenade and others to view the 
shops, whilst one energetic group, including 
Teddy Cooper and Frank Brooks, climbed 
the Great Orme. They felt their efforts 
had been worth it as they had the pleasure 
of meeting the proprietor of the hotel 
on the top — none other than Randy Turpin, 
the ex-middle weight world boxing cham- 

Rejoining our coach about five o'clock, 
we returned to the Royal Hotel to do 
justice to a good tea. At approximately 
seven o'clock, we started our homeward 
journey and our coach was soon passing 
through Abergele and Prestatyn, along the 
coast road and on to the Grace Arms Hotel, 
where we halted for liquid refreshments and 
enjoyed the music provided by its three- 
piece band. We were reluctant to leave 
but time was pressing and it was essential 
that we should get on our way, and so, 
making good progress, we reached Liver- 
pool in good time for all to catch connec- 
tions to our various destinations. It was 
agreed by all that it had been a wonderful 

T. Milner. 

Silver Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Chamberlain, of 
Gloucester, January 24th. (We have only 
just been notified of this, but many con- 

•¥• * * 

H. G. Boorman, of Peterborough, was 
awarded a First Class Certificate in the 
Bass Class at a recent Musical Festival 
held in Peterborough. 


Talking Book Library 

Some Accompaniment for our Summer 

This month a little something about six 
books and a long list of " also released " 
to choose from. 

" Light on a Dark Horse," by Roy 
Campbell, reader Eric Gillett, is an interest- 
ing autobiography of the Durban-born, 
hard-riding poet. South Africa, London, 
South France and Spain are the settings 
of an adventurous, restless, unconventional 
life. A very robust answer to the every- 
day conception of poets in general. Cat. 
No. 328. 

" The Spotted Deer," by J. H. Williams 
(" Elephant Bill "), reader Robin Holmes, 
is a delightful story of the surveying of the 
forests of the Northern Andamans with 
a view to extracting timber by the use of 
elephants. Stone Age men and spotted 
deer are incidental to the exhaustive and 
exhausting survey. It is full of interesting 
items of history, anecdote and entertaining 
characters. Cut. No. 335. 

" Low Notes on a High Level," by 
J. B. Priestley, reader Eric Gillett, is a 
rollicking frolic. A very junior composer- 
pianist throws up his job with a thinly 
disguised B.B.C., and is hauled into a 
pirate radio concern run by his prospective 
father-in-law. The low notes proceed from 
a new instrument invented by the father- 
in-law and eventually, after a series of 
most laughable situations, the instrument 
leads to the composer's reinstatement and 
promotion. Cat. No. 345. 

" Brideshead Revisited," by Evelyn 
Waugh, reader Laidman Browne, sets off 
seemingly as a war story with a unit in 
foul hutted billets — then comes the move 
to Brideshead, a stately home. A lieutenant 
of the unit, an artist in peace time, recalls 
the days when he used to visit there and 
the problem of the son with whom he 
had been at university. This scapegrace 
son passed through many eccentric stages 
until he finally settled for alcoholism, and 
the painter friend, in trying to protect him 
from himself, is tacitly blamed for the whole 
business by some of the family. Quite 
entertaining and rather surprising. Cat. 
No. 172. 

" Trial by Fire," by Charles Elliott, 
reader Laidman Browne, is a story of oil 
workers in an Arabian Sheikdom. The 
political officer, liaising between the com- 

pany and the Sheik, and his wife are mainly 
concerned, plus the difficulties encountered 
with Arab labour. The general manager 
is quite a character. Cat. No. 281. 

" The Red Fort," by James Leasor, 
reader Alvar Lidell, is a most interesting 
account of the siege of Delhi during the 
Indian Mutiny. No spectacular feat of 
arms but a remarkable feat of endurance. 
Cat. No. 278. 

Also released: — 

" Lucky Jim," by Kingsley Amis, reader 
Franklin Engelmann. Cat. No. 329. 

" Persuasion," bv Jane Austen, reader 
Eric Gillett. Cat. ' No. 347. 

" The Poison Cupboard," by J. F. Burke, 
reader Robin Holmes. Cat. No. 381. 

" Stars in My Heart," by B. Cartland, 
reader Duncan Carse. Cat. No. 346. 

" Taken at the Flood," by Agatha 
Christie, reader Duncan Carse. Cat. No. 

" Wind on the Heath," by Naomi Jacob, 
reader Stephen Jack. Cat. No. 402. 

"These Lovers Fled Away," by Howard 
Spring, reader Stephen Jack. Cat. No. 366. 

" The Colour of Murder," by Julian 
Symons, reader Peter Fettes. Cat. No. 401 . 

" The Last Chronicle of Barset," by A. 
Trollope, reader Eric Gillett. Cat. No. 330. 

" Danger under the Moon," by M. Walsh, 
reader John de Manio. Cat. No. 376. 

" Nelson". 

South Norwood St. Dunstan's 

At the 19th Annual Meeting of the South 
Norwood St. Dunstan's Group, the Vis- 
countess Buckmaster and Mr. Esmond 
Knight delighted and amused the audience 
by reminiscing informally on drama, tandem 
cycling and other activities enjoyed at 
Church Stretton (St. Dunstan's war-time 
Training Centre). Miss Beryl Sleigh led 
all present in an inspiring rendering of 
" Jerusalem," and Mr. Horace Kerr, who 
had represented St. Dunstan's at the Group's 
opening meeting in 1940, gave a most 
interesting talk about gardening. 

The Chairman, the Rev. D. G. Hawker, 
m.a., commented upon the success achieved 
by the Association in raising £10,000. 
The Hon. Organiser, Miss Mary Jameson, 
m.b.e., said that this was basically due to 
the fact that year after year St. Dunstaners 
themselves appeared at the Annual Meeting, 
testifying by their many and varied interests 
to the value of St. Dunstan's in their lives. 



Humphreys. — On April 24th, to the wife 

of E. Humphreys, of Walsall, a son — 

Paul Anthony. 
Williamson. — On May 20th, to the wife 

of C. Williamson, of Darlington, a 

second son — Guy Keith. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 

following : 

Beattie. — To J. Beattie, of Belfast, whose 
daughter, Mrs. Hume, died on May 24th. 

Downs. — To S. R. Downs, of Brighton, 
whose wife has died after a long period 
in hospital. Our St. Dunstaner has been 
staying with his daughter at Gravesend. 

Lincoln. — To A. W. Lincoln, of High- 
town, near Liverpool, and Mrs. Lincoln, 
whose daughter-in-law has died suddenly 
at the early age of 32, leaving a young 
family. Our deep sympathy is extended 
to their son in his great sorrow. 

Middleton. — To F. Middleton, of Willer- 
by, near Hull, in the sudden death of 
his last remaining sister. 

Ward.— To K. Ward, of Winchester, 
whose sister has died leaving a family 
of three young children. 

Sergeant Alan Nichols 

George Fallowfield writes: 

" Sergeant Alan Nichols, the " Old 
Sarge," as I used to address him, was the 
only handless man who learnt to do the 
manual alphabet with his artificial hands* 
and the only difference to other people 
was that he wrote the figure ' 2 ' for ' B' 
and made the ' L,' ' M ' and ' N ' with 
one, two and three strokes across the palm 
of the hand. He used his left elbow a 
great deal for nudging me — once for 
' Yes ' and twice for ' No,' and we 
chatted a great deal in the old days. 

Nichols' cheerfulness and triumph over 
his great double handicap did a lot to inspire 
me to overcome my own." 

*(Tommy Gaygan and Dicky Brett can 
talk to the deaf in block letters, the former 
very fast.) — G.F. 

Percy Holmes 

Percy Holmes' passing leaves the large 
circle of his friends with a deep feeling 
of loss. If ever there was a St. Dunstaner 
who lived up to the motto of our Founder 
to the full, it was Percy. Through all 
the ups and downs of life he was always 

the same — full of laughter and fun, an 
inspiration to everyone who knew him. 
A real countryman, marvellous with ani- 
mals, a most successful poultry farmer, 
and greatly helped by his wife. I am sure 
we feel much sympathy with Mrs. Holmes 
and Reggie in their loss. 

Percy's activities and interests were many. 
One of the sportsmen of St. Dunstan's, 
walking, sculling, athletics — he was into 
everything. He had such a zest for life. 
Looking back over the years there was 
hardly a gathering of the clans that he 
did not attend. From 1925 to 1958, he 
only missed one Camp. And racing! His 
doubles and trebles were the bookies' 
headache ! 

Especially my heart goes out to Drummer 

in the loss of so great a friend. 


Charlie and Percy 

W. T. Scott writes: — 

My friendship with Charlie Williams and 
Percy Holmes has lasted over forty years. 
We were welcomed to the College Annexe 
of St. Dunstan's in Regent's Park, and 
brought together by our war disability. 
Charlie and I could see a little and were 
always ready and anxious to share our 
little bit with those who were not quite 
so fortunate. Matron Power, " Mr. H." 
and their wonderful staff soon welded us 
into a band of brothers. As time went 
on we were lucky enough to join that 
happy band of campers. Charlie — that old 
soldier and bachelor gay; Percy — the one- 
time gamekeeper with the lovely country 
brogue which echoed the language of the 
trapper. Our campers will mourn their 

As time passes and collects in the harvest, 
it occurs to me that it is a pity that we have 
not taken advantage of modern invention 
to record some of our special St. Dunstan's 
sounds. What a joy it would be to those 
who are left to hear again the voices of 
our pals and recall the memories of the 
past. However, without tape, the voices 
of Charlie and Percy will ring in my ears 
till my time comes. 

The Birthday Honours 

In the Birthday Honours List, Major 
J. T. Spinks, former Chairman of the British 
Legion, receives the C.B.E., Miss J. L. Glaze- 
brook, founder and voluntary transcriber 
to the Students' Library of the R.N. LB., 
is awarded the M.B.E. 


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Sapper Harry Raymond Arney, Royal Engineers 

We record with deep regret the death of H. R. Arney, of Pinner. He was nearly 66. 

He was a First World War man, having enlisted in March, 1917, but he did not come to St. Dunstan's 
until as recently as 1956. He did not undertake training as he was able to continue his work for British Railways 
as a storeman; from this work he retired in June of last year. 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Bombardier Charles Edmund Gill, Royal Field Artillery 

With deep regret we record the death of C. E. Gill, of Teddington. He would have been 67 this 

Enlisting in June, 1915, he was discharged from the Army in January, 1917, and came to us 
immediately. He trained as a boot repairer and he continued this craft, building up a nourishing business. 
Unfortunately his health began to deteriorate in 1948 but Mrs. Gill and her sons carried on the business. He 
had spent much time in and out of hospital and for some time he had been at Pearson House, where he died 
on May 28th. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Gill and her family. 

Lance Corporal Percy Holmes, The Bedfordshire Regiment 

With deepest regret we have to record the death of Percy Holmes, of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, but 
for many years of Woburn. He died within a few days of his 67th birthday. 

Enlisting in August, 1914, he came to St. Dunstan's in June, 1917, when he trained in mat-making and 
poultry-keeping. He followed both occupations until the 1930's, when he concentrated solely on poultry-farming 
at Woburn, which he did most successfully. He retired as recently as November, 1958, occupying himself 
with a little wool-rug making, but he had been in hospital once or twice this year and in May his health 
deteriorated very rapidly. He entered Bedford Hospital and later Guy's Hospital in London, where he died 
on May 30th. 

Percy was a keen British Legion man and there were many Legionaires at the funeral. Mrs. Spurway 
was also present, motoring from Somerset that day to be there. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Holmes and Reginald in their great loss. 

Leading Aircraftsman William Edwin Lees, Royal Air Force 

We record with deep regret the death of W. E. Lees, of Mancetter, near Atherstone, at the early age 
of 35. 

He served with the R.A.F. in the Second World War, being discharged in December, 1946. He 
came to St. Dunstan's in March, 1951, but he was then too ill to undertake training. He had become even 
more seriously ill and he came to Pearson House, but had only been there a few days when he died quite suddenly 
on May 15th. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Lees in her loss. 

Sergeant Alan M. Nichols, 3rd Durham Eight Infantry 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Alan Nichols, of Portsladc. He was 70. 

He was an old soldier — he had enlisted in February, 1907, and when the 1914-1918 war broke out, 
he was one of the first to land in France. He was an Old Contemptible, of which he was justly proud. He 
was wounded in 1914 but remained in the Army as a Bombing Instructor and it was while acting in this 
capacity that he lost his sight and both his hands as the result of an accidental explosion. He came to St. 
Dunstan's in April, 1917. The following year he became a lecturer with the National Institute for the Blind 
(under Sir Arthur Pearson's leadership). Later he had a business in Harrogate, but in 1924 he joined Mr. 
KcsselFs staff and worked as a lecturer and appeals representative for St. Dunstan's, and this he did most 
successfully for many years until his retirement. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Linda, his wife, who was for some years a member of the Appeals 
Department, and to the children of his previous marriage. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. South Audley Street, London, W.ll 
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No. 472 Vol.XLIII 

July, 1959 


The dispute in the printing industry makes us produce 
this magazine by duplicated typewriting. The interesting thing is 
this; as soon as the Editor found that there could bu no printed 
n Review", the immediate thought was how can we get round the 
difficulty, how can we publish? Never for one mcment did the 
thought occur to give up publishing. This is the right spirit. 
Difficulties are made to be overcome, not to overcome us„ This is 
the philosophy of victory which is the philosophy of St . Duns tan' s < 
TJhate^er the obstacle we will get ever it, go rcund it, or do what 
we want to do another way. Congratulations tc the Editor. 

Incidentally, there is no dispute in the Braille press 
so that we shall all get' our Braille magazines as usual. 



Bridge One last reminder that the' Harrogate Week will be. from 
September 12th - lyth and the Ovingdean Congress daring the week-end of 
November 14th. Names to Mr. Willis please. 

Five teams (one a scratch team got together at the last moment) 
played a Duplicate match against the members of the L.C.C.B.A,, at 
Berkeley Square on June 13th. The scratch team - Messrs. J .Fleming, T.Roden, 
G.P.Brown and a member of the L-C = C .B.A who kindly helped us out - were 
the winners, H.Gover's team - Messrs .H.Gover, P.Nuyens, Co Thompson and 
F. Winter - being second, 

Mr. Sammy 1/ebster on behalf of the Club expressed cur thanks to 
our hosts for inviting us to this outstanding event in our annual programme 


Walking Three St.Dunstaners entered for tne Stock Exchange London to 
Brighton Walk on May 30th. They were Bill Miller, Les Dennis and G.H«witt. 
Billy Miller unfortunately was forced by stomach iroubke to gove up at 
Crawley. Les Dennis finished 9th in 10 hrs-5 min^.56 sees, with 
Geo.Hevitt 12th in 10 hrs.lS mins.l6 sees. Twenty- four walkers took part 


Congratulations from St . Dunstaners all over the world to 
J.L.Dennis, of Thornton Heath-, who on July 4th walked from London to 
Brighton and back in less than 24 hours, thus becoming a Centurion. &e is 
forty-eight and only took up road walking a few years ago . ^e follows 
Archie Brown, first-war St.Dunstaner, who became a Centurion four years ago 
when he was 59 • 

At 100 miles, which he covered in 21 hrs.38 mins.33 sees. Les was 
lying 13th of the 52 competitors. He finished 8th in 23 hrs.23 mins. 

To walk to Brighton at all is a job for an athlete but to walk 
to Brighton and back, especially when you ".re blind, is an exceptionally 
fine performance. 


If any players are inters sted in playing a game of CHESS 
by POST, I will bu pleased to accept. 

Until I receive your name and address, I wait patiently. 

2, Middlesex Road, 
Mi ten am, Surrey. 


The Ven. Archdeacon F.Darrell Bunt again presided at the 
Bournemouth Reunion at the Grand Hotel on April loth and our 
St.Dunstaner, B. Glover, provided music on his Hammond Organ - 
Although the weather did not attract the guests out into the 
garden as in past years, it was a very enjoyable get-together. 

St.Dunstaners from the surrounding counties gathered aft] 
George Hotel, Luton, on Saturday, May 2nd, for the Reunion which wai, 
presided over by Sir Neville Pearson . It was a very happy party, qi 
unspoiled by the fact that Luton lost the Cup Final I 

For the first time St.Dunstaners attending the Dublin and 
Belfast Reunions on May 12th and 14th met Colonel M.P.Ansell who ; 
presided at both meetings, accompanied by Mrs. Ansell. The tiro Reunio: 
were a great success. Mr. Norman Macauley was a welcome visitor at 

The South Wales Reunion on May 23rc was held at the £7estg 
Hotel, Newport, for the first time and proved a very lively meeting 
Lord Fraser presided, accompanied by Lady Fraser, and the men of 11 
gave them both a very hearty reception. 

Miss Broughton's first Reunion was held at the George Hot 
Nottingham, on June 11th, with Mr- D,G. Hopewell presiding; a local 
ladies' choir provided entertainment during the afternoon. 

At the Roxburgh e Hotel, Edinburgh, en Saturday, June 13t 
twenty St.Dunstaners from all parts of Scotland met Lord and Lady F 
who were on their way to the far north for a f ishing holiday. It 'v, 
gathering in the true Scotiish tradition and everyone thoroughly er 

The Geordies met at the Royal Station Hotel,, Newcastle, c 
June 18th for the Reunion presided over by Mr. D.G.Hopewell. An ole 
Mr. Fred Lawton, entertained them. He sang a special farewell song 
by himself to Mr. and Mrs-F.D.Kowe, who were shortly leaving Newcasl 
Bristol where they were starting a new business. They were given a 
send-off. As at Nottingham, Mr. A. D .Lloyds was a welcome visitor hi 

Mr. D,G. Hopewell also presided over the Leeds Reunion at 1 
Queen's Hotel on Saturday, June 20th, which proved yet another hap] 
successful meeting* 

Six days later Mr -.Hope-yell was at the County Hotel, Can* 
greeting 'Hhe men of Kent and the Kentish men" as he put it, at th;. 
Reunion on June 26th- It, too, was .a very happy meeting. 

R.Brown, of South Shields, is one of the oldest pigeon-fa- 
in the district. He is racing birds to Orleans, France. We wish h: 


Skippers ' Selection 

Seven books I can precis and two additional titles for 
information are the sum of releases this month. 

"Casino; Portrait of a Battle", by Fred Majdalany, reader 
John de Manio, is a detailed account of the five phases of what 
was probably the fiercest, toughest encounter of the Second World 
War. A long, grim affair with honours even and casualties on 
almost a 1914--1918 scale. Most interesting to read and introducing 
a little reason into what, at the time, most people thought to be a 
shapeless shambles. Cat. No. 66. 

"The Fountain Overflows", by Rebecca West, reader Duncan Garse, is 
a story told by one of two sisters striving to become musicians 
about their family, friends and relatives in Glasgow and London. 
Father's wilting produces a minumum of security to the home which, 
but for mother, must have disintegrated very quickly. Some of the 
relatives are quite amusing in their background of fifty years ago. 
Cat. No. 4.68. 

"The Scapegoat", by Daphnedu Maurier, reader Duncan Carse, has a 
French setting and concerns the interchange of doubles. The 
original, a Frenchman, proves to be of doubtful character, hence 
the Englishman, who takes over his board and bed unwillingly, does 
fulfil the requirements of the title up to a certain point. 
Cat. No. 218. 

"Night Fighter", by C.F. Rawnsley and Robert Wright, reader 
Robin Holmes, does a wee bit of justice to a vital but less glamorous 
facet of the activities of the R.A.F, The routine of the men 
concerned was somewhat akin to the arduous boredom of the Submarine 
Service. Rather an eye-opener this book. Cat. No. 217. 

"Goodbye, Mr. Chips", by James Hilton, reader Stephen Jack, is the 
portrait of a schoolmaster to end all schoolmasters. He is wise, 
human, firm, courageous, and, strange as it may seem, popular with 
both boys and colleagues. An endearing character, worthy of this 
very good author. Cat. No. 37. 

"Troy Town", by Arthur Quill er-C ouch, reader Stephen Jack, is a 
comical little yarn for which the author was chided at the time of 
publication I believe. A blatant skit by "Q" on his native Cornish 

town. The central characters comprise a retired admiral and his 
family, an absent-minded professor, local twin brothers, and a 
sprinkling of spinster ladies, with a couple of confidence 
tricksters for good measure. A belly-laugh every chapter* Cat. No. 97 

"Sara Dane", by Catherine Gaskin, reader Patrick Waddington, is a 
saga of the early days of New South Fifales. From convict ship to 
respected citizen of the Colony represents quite a stride even 
nowadays but in the 18th century it was nothing short of miraculous. 
Read all about it. Cat. No &> 

Also released: 

"Death Walked in Cyprus", by M.M.Kaye, reader Derek McCulloch, Cat^No^ 

"Nocturne*', by Frank Swinnerton, reader F-ric Gillett- Cat.N 0.124. 


Golden Wedding 

fiiaimest congratulations to Mr.and Mrs «H- B.Wood, of Eentley ; 
Doncaster, who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniver&ary en June 23±l 
It was the date of the Leeds Reunion which they attended. 

Ruby Weddings 
Many congratulations to "the following upon their Ruby 


Mr. and Mrs.F.Warin, of East Rainton, who celebrated forty 
years of married life last November although we have only just been 

Mr. and Mrs, Harry Gover, of Leigh-on-sea, who were married 
on July 12th, ~T?> On July 11th they went to Teignmoutii where they h 
spent their honeymoon forty years before. 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations, too, to Mr, and %"s.C.Rentowl, of 
Southampton, whose .Jilver Wedding was on June 30th. 

B.Hind, of Nuneaton, who has been a St.Dunstaner just two 
received a presentation on June 19th from the 1'ranspcrt and General W 
Union of which he has been a member for fortv vears. 


During my years as a typing teacher, it occasionally 
happened that the spelling of a pupil had grown rusty through neglect; 
usually a little refresher sufficed to correct this defect, ^ut 
imagine my dismay when a new pupil pro ceded his initial lesson 
with, "I can't spell and I've never written a letter in my life". 
After recovering my breath I replied, "Never mind, we'll have a go " 
Realising that the only thing to do was to teach him to spell 
phonetically and divide the multi-syllabled words into separate 
syllables, I followed this formula and we progressed slowly to the 
day when I decided to try a short letter. Asking him to announce 
each key before tapping it, I gave him the first line of the address, 
"Rob son Road", chosen, unfortunately for its phonetic value. Slowly 
he tapped out R-o-b-s-u-n. No, I interjected, it's s-o-n... He sat 
up in his chair ana expostulated, "You taught me to spell sun s-u-n! ! 
Hardly able to restrain my laughter I replied, "You win, M= , . . . .carry on." 


Huddersf i eld 

The Brighton E.G. had built a new South stand ana this game was 
in the evening of a hot September day and when the wife ana 1 got in the 
stand it was stifling hot and full of tobacco smoke- Soon it seemed 
that only the wife and I were awake, even the two teams appeared to 
lave gone to sleep. Then, a few minutes from the era, everybody woke up, 
3righton had scored. I had scarcely finished clapping and cheering when 
another goal came and the excitement was even more electrified a minute 
Later so I. stood and clapped and cheered more lustily until I realised 
bhe -wife was pushing me towards the exit while somebody else was pulling 
ay arm on the other side. As we struggled down the steps with the crowd, 
vho seemed rather fierce on that occasion, 1 could only imagine my 
jatch was slow and that Brighton had got a third goal with the last kick 
)f the game. When we were at last able to talk, the wife said it 'wasn't 
i third goal, the game wasn't over, but the stand had burst into 
"lames at one end! 


South wick 

I was on the Armistice Sunday British Legion parade and had 
rive grandsons marching with the Cubs. The following day I met several boys 
joining home from school and one said? "Halle, Mr. Radford, we saw you on 
>arade yesterday. Where dia you get all those medals from? We didn't know 
/hey had blind men in the Army"- I did not wish to spoil their little 
loke so I replied that I had pinched them out of Mr .Pitman' s window when 
ie wasn't, looking. but I hadn't gone far when another kid called back, 
How could you tell he wasn't looking?" 


Castle Cary 

One Sunday mid-day I took 3, stroll with a friend 
of mine who was stationed at Brighton Barracks. We sauntered to 
Falmer village and popped into the local for a refresher. Picking up 
my second glass my friend made a grab- "Look", he cried, "It's past one 
and I am on duty again at two." I struggled to retain that glass but 
failed. "Can you run?" "I'll try". He fiercely gripped the top of my 
arm and we ran across the bar, toppled down the steps, then a long, 
mighty gallop, slowing down to double quick march. Traffic was heavy. 
I became aware that some cars slowed up and pulled in. I presumed they 
wanted a better gape at the two objects hurtling along. Then I 
noticed my escort made some sort of signal to on occasional slowing car 
and seemed agitated. Once he yelled, too. I felt disturbed but could not 
find breath for words. My legs became frail, the grip on my arm 
tightened, He refused to unleash. I must hold out. Dinner and duty wer 
the soldier's cry- Soon the climax came. A motor-cyclist travelling 
fast, brakes full on, stoppea. "Do you want my help? 11 he said. My 
escort hesitated just one second, :, This is my friend"', he said. 
"Oh", said the cyclist in dismay. "What's up?" I gasped. "That was an 
A. A. man", he said, lf nci all thosa other mike a .ho slowed up are 
under the impression that 1 am rushing you to clink. %e trouble is 
I'm still wearing my Military Police armlet!" 

We were now on cur home ground ana except for 
kicking a milk bottle over there was no further incident. 


South wick. 

My companion wo 3 the Headmaster of a County School, 
an M.A. ana noted for his absent-mindedness. We were discussing 
St Dunstan's ana I had told him tvhat c 6 ooa thing it was to be able to 
read. His next question was. "Have you been trained in the Borstal 
system?" . 




A well-known Judo exponent, "Andy" Devine, has 
recently started a series of Judo classes for the blind in Leicester. 
He is being assistea by our St.Dunstaner, Gilbert Stanley, in the 
instruction of his first ten pupils. 


L.R.Coles, of Chessingtonj H.Duxbury, of East Didsbury; 
E.Oxbo rough, of Great Yarmouth; R.Stone, of Heme Bayj G.H.Thomas, of 
Solihull 1 A.R.Dembenski, of Cheltenham! G.Moore, of Blackpool (for the 
fourteenth time) . 


After hawing braced ourselves against what amounted to 
almost a gale for several days, we were delighted to find that 
Saturday, July 4th, was an almost perfect day for our Garden Party 
and Sports. The 5th Brighton Scouts who help us so willingly 
arrived bright and early to prepare everything for the afternoon. 

The grounds at Ovingdean looked very gay with the white 
marquees and the bright colour of the deck chairs. There was just the 
right amount of breeze to keep us from getting too hot from the 
brilliant sunshine and many of the ladies who were spectators were 
thoughtfully provided with small paper parasols to help them keep cool J 

It has been a disappointment that over the last year or so 
there has been a noticeable decline in the number of St-Dunstaners 
taking part in the field events. Whilst realising that this is largely 
due to the fall in the number in training at Ovingdean, we nevertheless 
have noticed that there is less readiness en the part of the younger men 
on holiday to enter for the events and, therefore, we especially 
congratulate those older men of World War I :ho are still very much in 
tlie running! 

fife were very pleased to have Sir Neville rind Lady Pearson ,;ith us 
• x on this occasion and to welcome also the recently appointed ne. Chief 
a Constable of Brighton^ Mr Bowsell,;/itfa his rife ana' sister. 


^ In addition tc the field events there wore a number of 

3 competitions. Winners of the sports events are listed below' 
[ Sack Race ; 1. A. Hob son 2* F.Gresson 3. F.Davies 


Throwing the Medicine Ball ; 1. J.Oraiond 2. E.Edwicker 3° A.G.Loveridge 

70 yards Open; T.Ash 

70 yards Totally Blind : 1. T.Ash 2. J.Meighen 3. J. Radford 

70 yards Semi-Sighted; 1. F.Davies 2- F.Gresson 3. E.Edwicker 

Wheelbarrow Race ? 1. J.Meighen 




The Sutton Club had its annual outing to Littlehampton 
on Saturday, «3unu 27th, /.hen we had the pleasure of the company of 
Mrs.Spurway and Mrs . Giorgi- Despite the wind an enjoyable day was had 
by all. 

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking Padre 
and Mrs.Spurway for their hospitality to the Club on our way home. 



Twenty- three St. Duns tan ers were in camp at Leigh ton House, 
Westbury, our hosts being the infer Office Selection Board. Camp commenced 
on Tuesday, June l6th, and the first outing was on the following day 
when we paid a return visit to Knook Camp where we were met at the main 
gate by the Battalion commander, who, incidentally, will be the first 
commander of the combined Somerset Light Infa ntry and the Cornwalls. 
Then we were given over to the tender mercies of RSM Bartlett, 

Our first surprise came when ;7e found that he had turned the band a: 
Sutlers out to entertain us which gave us all a thrill especi 11 y when 
the buglers sounded "Jankers". Strange how everyone remembered the call 
so well-After a tour ofthe barracks we adjourned to the Sergeants' Mess 
7/here after tea. and sandwiches, we were regaled with a tankard of b<~er 
served in tankards presented by Sergeants and Sergeant-Mr. jors who had 
served their time. We left there to visit Vfestbury Women' 3 branch of the 
British Legion. Beer and sandwiches here, too. In a game of forfeits Bob 
Shave had to propose to a youn;- lady. He did it remarkably well but 
hardly had he taken his seat, when he had to pay another forfeit - 
taking care of a wee baby. Quick work, Bob! Thursday we spent at 
Stourton Gardens where we saw thousands of fish which had been hatched 
out in the nurseries, ready to stock the rivers at some later date. 
Tea on the lawn of Lady Nicholson's house, the next day to Clevedon in 
Somerset where we were entertained to tea by Mr.Otta.way, who is still 
going strong at eighty. There wore the visits to Hinton Charterhouse 
where we had the usual good time at Mrs. Robertson-Glasgow' s. Church on 
Sunday ana prayers for abs ent friends; on Monday the infantry i'raining 
School, Tuesday saw us at the British Legion, Hinton Charterhouse B ra nch, 
at the Rose and Crown where we drank draught Bass by the bucketful. We 
played skittles too. l/lio won? I don't know. Ask Charlie ^elk; he?;as 
skipper. However, as Derges said, "There was not a man who did not walk 
out as straight as a butcher's hook"! We went to Newbury Races, and to 
the St.Ivei cheese factory and then on Thursday came our fare '•ell party 
with Duggie Horner of the B. B.C. as entertainer. 

Our thanks to Miss Oliphant and the gallant stalwarts who did so 
much to make this Camp another great success. 



To everyone concerned - I would like, on behalf of the boys, to 
give our grateful thanks to the Grocers of England for the marvellous til 
they give each year to St,Dunstaners through their annual outing. Much 
careful thought, energy and many hours of careful planning make things g< 
without a hitch. Countless kindnesses are received on the journey to and 
from Portsmouth Barracks, with the Royal Marines at hana helping wheneve: 
necessary. Entertainment is of first-class ord^r, with the band of youn, 
Marines making the end of a perfect day. It will be echoed by all the 
boys - one of the best days they have ever spent. 


Low Eell, Gateshe 


W.Shayler, First War St . Dunstaner , end Harry Blundell, of 
the Second War, were among the guests of the Jewish Ex-Servicemen's 
Association (Merseysiae Branch) when Liverpool war-disabled were 
taken to Southport on a day's outing on Sunday, June 28th. The 
Lord Mayor of Liverpool was at St . George's Plateau to see the 
contingent off. 

John Mudge writes to tell us of the splendid outing to 
Brighton on the same day which the Association also arranged for 
the men of Ro eh amp ton Hospital, the Star and Garter Home and 
St.Dunstan' s, as well, says John, "for many lonely men whose life 
is drab in little back rooms in little back streets . !I 

The Brighten run had in previous years been the only one. 
This year, as we know, AJEX had achieved an ambition and there were 
trips in other parts of the country, and all St.Dunstaners who took 
part take this opportunity of thanking the organisers of all these 
outings for the splendid arrangements they made for giving their 
guests such a wonderful day. 


COATES - BROOKES. On July 18th, N.A.Coates, temporarily at 
Ovingdean, to Miss Mavis Brookes, 

MOSLLER - HARDY. On June 24th, J.Moeller, to Mrs. Hardy, widow of 
our St.Dunstaner, L.Hardy. They will live at Brighton. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the following: 

BURGIN. To W. Burg in, of Southwick, -whose wife died on June 26 th 
after a long and serious illness. 

LAKER. To E.J. Laker , of Haverhill, whose wife died on July 2nd 
as the result of a motor- cycle accident. 

WILLIAMS. To Eileen Williams, of Ilford, whom we remember as 

Eileen Gould, whose husband dibd on June 26th following a heart 
attack. Eileen is left with a little boy, Terry. 


We report with deep regret the death on July 7th of Lady Wilson, 
wife of General Sir Roger Wilson, Chairman of the Board of 
St.Dunstan' s (South Africa). 


On June l6th, the sister cf J. Burton, of Portchester, 
was knocked down by a car and taken to hospital and shortly afterwards 
his brother-in-law collapsed and died after going to hospital * 

John Webster Woollen, North Lancing, has successfully 
passed the examinations and achieved the degree of M, 8c , (Biochemistry) . 
For soire years he has held the post of Biochemist at the Royal 
Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. His achievement is the greater since he 
has studied for the examinations in his spare-time while occupying the 
full-time job of Medical Laboratory Technician. His wife passed her 
laboratory technician' s 'examination by his coaching when she was on his 

Terry Brooke, Bedford, has obtained a B. A- degree in 
Classics at Downing College, Cambridge Universi by. He will continue at the 
University for another year for the Diploma of Education and thus become 

Derek Baldwin, Giliingham, has passed his Finals in 
Electrical Engineering at the Sunderland College, 

Imelda Spring, Choesington North, has passeu the Preliminary 
Examination in Child t/elfare as well as the examination in Adult Initial 
Course of Instruction in Nursing, St. John's Ambulance Brigade. She is 
15 • At Wimbledon Music Festival she shared a Certificate of ^erit, with 
honours, for a duologue for children 12-17 • 

Leslie Vowles, Portsmouth, won the All-England Tap Dancing 
competition in the Sunshine Competition, and has taken first, second and 
third places for ball-room dancing in various contests- Her sister, Julie- 
aged 4, has won two medals in the Baby Class (character and tap-dancing), 
also in the Sunshine Competition. 

A.Rodgers, of Harrow, has five relatives - grand- daughters 
and nieces - attending Barrow Grammar School, He wonders if this is a 

Marriages of Sons and Daughter s 

Janet Gray, St, Albans, on June 27th, to Alan B.Denby, of 
Stockport. Janet has been a nurse at Bart's Hospital. Her husband is a 
research chemist. 

Keith Wishart, West Stanley, on June 27th, to 
Miss Lestrine Grundy, 



Private Robert Bell, l/7th Batt. King's Liverpool Regt. 

With deep regret we record the death of R.Bell, of 
Sandymount, Dublin,, who served from September, 1916, until November, 
1917? a nd came to St.Dunstan* S that year. 

'He was trained as a basket maker and he carried on his 
craft for thirty years until ill -health and his age forced him at 
last to give up. He had been very frail and in poor health for a 
long time. 

He was a widower and our sincere sympathy is extended 
to his daughter, Mrs.- Walker, and the other members of his family. 

Pioneer William Frederick Putt, Royal Engineers 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of 
W.F.Butt, of Worthing. He was within a fortnight of his 88th 

He had enlisted in 1915 anc ^ was discharged from the Army in 
March, 1917? but he did not come to St. Duns ton's until 1942 when 
his age prevented him taking' any training. 

He had been seriously ill since January of this year and he 
died in Pearson House on June 29th. 

He had been married three times and our deep sympathy goes 
to Mrs. But t, whom ho married in 195^? anc ^ to the children of his 
first marriage > His second wife had died only two years after their 
marriage . 

Lieutenant Peter Clark, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 

We record with deep regret the death of Peter Clark, of 
Chichester, at the early age of 40- He came to St.Dunstan's only in 
January of this year but he came to be known and mourned by many, 

As a result of being torpedoed during the Second World War, 
he had many years of illness and serious disablement, including 


"In Memory" (continued) 

ultimately the loss of his sight,, which, led to his admission 
to St.Dunstan' s. He collapsed suddenly and died ,ihen he was 
just due to return home at the end of his first holia^y visit 
to Ovingdean where, in such a short time, he had made so many 
friends and had deoply impressed everyone by hi 3 wonderful 
courage and cheerfulness in spit 3 of all his suffering. 

Our deep sympathy goes out tc Mrs . Clark and her son 

Edward Denny, South African Permanent Force Staff 

With deepest regret we record the death of E.Denny, of 
Pretoria, South Africa. H^ was 83 and had been in poor health 
for some time as well as being totally deaf. 

He served as a regular soldier with the South African 
Permanent Fore: Staff from 1914 until 1924 - he had, in fact, bvjen 
previously in the Amy - ana t/hen he cama to St, Duns tan' s in 
January, 1929 > he was partially paralyser as ?rell as biinaed. He 
came to England in May, 193^> 2nd he went tc Brighton where he 
trained in braille .end typewriting, After his return tc South 
Africa the following year he had be3n in very poor health out he 
was always an enthusiastic member of the British Empire Service 
League and in November, 195^? no • ,;r - 3 appointee Life Vice President 
of the Pretoria Branch. 

Our de^p sympathy goes out to Mrs.D^nny and hor five 
sons. In 1953 Mr. and Mrs . Denny were the winners of a "golden 
wedding' 1 contest organised by a national newspaper- They had "best 
exemplified the spirit of pioneering, initiative and understanding 
which is building a South African nation." 

E ■ J . Turner, 29th Canadians 

Ife have heard with d^ep regret of the death of 
E.JoTurner, of Victoria, British' Columbia, Canada. 

He had Served from December, 1914, until Mcry, 1917? -nd 
came to us after he had been wounded in France in August, 1916. He 
trained as a masseur and returned to Can.. dp. in" July,' 1918. 

Following the death of his wife in 1952 > he visited 
relatives in England, returning home again in January, 1953? but " s7e 
had had little news of hime since then. 

"In Memory" (continued) 

A.E.Howes, Canadian Field Artillery 


We have also heard with deep regret of the death of 
another Canadian St . Dunstaner, A.E.Hoires, of Harriston, Ontario. 

bounded in Franco in November, 1917? he trained at 
St.Dunstan's in shorthand, typewriting and netting, and he returned 
home to Canada in I9I9. 

He was a single man and our deep sympathy is offeree*, to 
his relatives. 

Private Philip Bride, Royal Dublin Fusiliers 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of 
P. Bride, of Cork, Eire. Ho was 77* '• He died in hospital on July 12th 

Enlisting in April, 1914, he left the Army in June, 1917? 
but he did not come under St.Dunstan's care until as recently as 
April, 1956? when his ago and only moderate health ruled out the 
possibility of training. His health had much deteriorated latterly. 

Ho was a bachelor and cur deep sympathy is sent to his 
sister, Mrs. O'Brien. 

As we go to press, we also learn with the deepest regret 
of the deaths of E.E.Barrett, of Lower Edmonton j B.J.Butler, of Redhill, 
and P.J.Cottrell, of Brighton. Full tributes will appear in the 
September "Review". 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 473— Volume XLIII 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


Selecting Your Listening 

I SUPPOSE the B.B.C. Bulletins are the principal source of news for St. Dunstaners. 
They certainly are for me, though I supplement them by items from the newspapers. 
I also read every day a selection of the opinions or comments in many newspapers about 
current affairs, and they illuminate the news itself. 

I am not a very regular listener but the other morning I had the wireless on while I was 
shaving and heard an item called " From To-day's Papers," which occurs at 7.35 to 7.40 and at 
8.35 to 8.40 on the Home Service. This is an admirable summary of the leading articles 
or opinions or comments of all the leading British newspapers and my only wish is that it 
was longer, say, ten minutes instead of five. 

I have also discovered that a slightly different summary of the opinions of our leading 
newspapers, with an international flavour, is given at about 7.11 a.m. and 8.11 a.m. on the 
European Service of the B.B.C. on the medium wave band. 

I commend those programmes to any St. Dunstaner who wants to be well-informed 
about current thought or world affairs, home politics, etc. 

I also like the five minutes which occurs at 8.40-8.45 on Wednesday and Friday mornings 
in the Home Service called " Food News." Though I hope I am not greedy, I am never- 
theless extremely interested in food and like to know what's the best thing to eat and what 
is available at any particular time. This morning, for example, I was told that kippers 
were good and inexpensive, and that fresh English apples were just beginning to become 
available, both of which facts made my mouth water. 

The more I think about it the more sure I am that there is a good deal of pleasure to be 
had from selective listening to items that are instructive or amusing, and that this is a much 
better procedure than merely to listen casually at any old time to whatever happens to be on. 
Some St. Dunstaners, I know, go to a lot of trouble to select their listening, and even use 
the Braille "Radio Times," which is freely available and although somewhat difficult to read, 
is nevertheless a very good guide to the programmes. 

More and Better Braille Tests 

The Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund has provided many prizes for Braille reading. 
I do not apologise for returning to the matter and again encouraging those who read Braille 
to read it better and those who have let it lapse to revive it. It is nbout ten years since we 
reached the peak of an intensive campaign to promote better Braille reading among St. 
Dunstaners and round about the same time a great many passed iheir Senior Braille Test 


of that day. We now propose to introduce a slightly higher Senior Test with a good prize, 
further to encourage old and young alike. The present Braille Reading Tests are as follows : — 

Preliminary Test : 43 lines of interline Braille in 22 minutes. Prize, £2. 

Advanced Test : 58 lines of interpoint Braille in 20 minutes. Prize, £5. 

Senior Test : 83 lines of interpoint Braille in 21 minutes (only six errors allowed, 

no correction given in this Test). Prize, £8. 

The repeat version of the Senior Test will be 93 lines of interpoint Braille in 21 minutes, 
because this will give the St. Dunstaner taking it a little more to accomplish, particularly 
if he has continued to read regularly since his previous Test. 

The prize for this new Test will be £8, as for the normal Senior Test. 

I have been told that some who read Braille fluently nevertheless show up badly in the 
Test because they are not accustomed to reading aloud, which is obviously necessary in the 
examination. I suggest that when practising, one should read aloud to one's wife, if she 
will listen, but to oneself if she won't. 

Personally I have read the National Neivs Letter in Braille for very many years, and 
although I do not always agree with Stephen King Hall, I nevertheless appreciate his fresh 
and interesting comments on affairs. Now the Scottish Braille Press have suggested that 
another well-known Digest or News Letter — the Intelligence Digest, edited by Kenneth de 
Courcy — be put into Braille if there is sufficient demand. Unlike King Hall's publication, 
Intelligence Digest is monthly, not weekly, and some may think it somewhat heavier reading. 
I have, however, read it from time to time and I commend it to those who like this kind 
of thing. It is a magazine, in fact, for the person who likes to be well informed on the world's 
most important happenings, and it includes amongst its subscribers statesmen, politicians 
and diplomats from many lands and of various shades of political opinion. It contains 
the sort of news and information which is not always obtainable either from the radio or 
from the national press. 

St. Dunstan's will be glad to add the Intelligence Digest to our list of publications which 
St. Dunstaners may have free of cost, but we want to know how many would be interested 
to receive a copy each month during the year 1960. Names should be sent to Mr. Wills 
as soon as possible and if we get a favourable response, we shall place a good order with the 
Scottish Braille Press who should, I think, be encouraged in this enterprise. 

Books On Tape 

In February, 1957, I foreshadowed a plan whereby a new subsidiary Tape Talking Book 
Library, using tape instead of discs for recording, would be brought into existence to run 
parallel with the older library for a time, as an experiment. 

There has been some delay in bringing this project to the point at which a field test 
was possible, but now we are ready to issue the first batch of experimental models. We will 
be writing shortly to some of the St. Dunstaners who showed an interest in this matter and 
at the time asked us to put them on our list, offering them a new tape machine in place of 
their old disc machine. 

I have myself listened to one of the first prototypes of the tape machine and found it 
extremely satisfactory, easy to handle, and giving a good quality recording. Those St. 
Dunstaners who take part in this initial test may find that, at first, they do not get such a 
wide choice of books as they have had for the more well-established disc library, but they 
will be helping to blaze a trail which may revolutionise the Talking Book service. 


St. Dunstaner Honoured forty-five years' service with the Post Office 

, , . , ~. , , Engineering Department. 

Her Majesty the (^)ueen has approved ° or 

the award of the Imperial Service Medal His colleagues of the Department also 

to St. Dunstaner A. W. Lincoln, of High- presented him on his retirement with an 

town, near Liverpool, for long and meri- electric radiator and electric heater fan, and 

torious service, and he has also received a gave a dinner in his honour to mark the 

" scroll " from Mr. Ernest Marples, Post- occasion. There was a handsome gift, too, 

master General, in appreciation of over for Mrs. Lincoln. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. Will members please note a 
change of date in our fixture list. The 
Bridge Drive originally arranged for 
October 10th will now take place on 
October 24th. 

St. Dunstaner to Broadcast Again 

The Rev. G. L. Treglown, m.b.e., will 
be speaking in the " Silver Lining " 
programme of the B.B.C. on the Home 
Service at 4.45 p.m. on September 29th. 
His talk will take the form of replies to 
questions sent to him following his recent 
" Silver Lining " broadcasts on September 
1st and 8th. He will also be heard on all 
Home Services at 3 p.m. on Monday, 
September 28th, when he preaches the 
sermon from Witham Friary, Somerset, at 
the Harvest Festival Service for the Blind. 

Presentation to Drummer Downs 

On July 24th, at 1 South Audley Street, 
Lord Fraser made the staff presentation to 
Drummer Downs on his retirement after 
35 years with the Appeals Department. 

Lieut. Commander R. C. B. Buckley, g.m., 
the Appeals Organiser, said that two words 
epitomised Drummer, " lovable " and 
" unforgettable." He had taken the Appeals 
Department completely under his wing. 

Drummer had chosen a cream jug and 
sugar bowl to match the silver tea-pot 
presented to him by Sir Arthur Pearson, and 
in making the presentation, Lord Fraser 
said Drummer had imparted cheerfulness 
to thousands of people. With a tea-pot 
under his arm, he had been a familiar figure 
in our various buildings for a hundred years, 
or so it seemed. 

Replying, Drummer said that it was 
really the other way round. The Appeals 
Department had kept him under their wing 
and had helped him to keep to the right 

Roman Catholic Missal 

We have found on enquiry that the 
Sunday Missal published in Braille by the 
R.N.I.B. is at present out of stock. If, 
however, orders were forthcoming, the 
work would be reprinted. If any St. 
Dunstaner, therefore, wishes to have a copy 
will he send his name to Mr. Christopher 
and we would then approach the R.N.I.B. 

Camp, Lee-on-Solent, 1959 

The parting remark, " Oh well — only 
about fifty weeks to wait," sums up what we 
all felt. It was a truly magnificent Camp 
this year. The weather gave us the feeling 
that we were all righteous, for there was 
not a moment without sunshine. 

As usual, the Field Gun Crew looked 
after us in their own crackingly efficient 
way and they had to work very hard to 
do so. In fact, I heard one husky young 
matelot say, " I'm going on to the track for 
a bit of rest." 

There were two quite priceless cruises 
on the Solent in a T.R.V. — Torpedo 
Recovery Vessel to the inexperienced. Ryde 
on the first trip and Sandown on the 
second. The hospitality of the C.P.O.'s 
Mess was generous to say the very least. 
It seemed to be our second camping site 
for the week and they did us proud. 

Chief Wren Riley was presented with a 
silver bracelet as a token of our gratitude 
and esteem for her long and willing service 
to us. There are a few who say that two 
bracelets, joined by a chain and firmly 
locked, should have been used! 

Our annual date with the British Legion, 
Lee-on-Solent, for a jolly social evening, 
and a wonderful dance in the C.P.O.'s 
Mess rounded off a very memorable week. 

Our gratitude to the Commander and 
his Staff and the Field Gun Crew, for their 
understanding and generosity is very great 
indeed. Thank you, R.N.A.S., Lee-on- 

Stewart Spence 

Great Grandfather 

H. Mortimer, Hull. 


A. W. Gadd, of Hastings; H. Roberts, 
of Dukinfield; H. Wallis, of Whitchurch 
Hill, near Reading; R. Giffin, of Crawley; 
H. Mortimer, of Hull (Philip Dean; born 
two days before the great-grandson); R. 
Horner, of Holmfirth; G. Nuttall, of 
Flixton, Manchester; T. S. Cooper, of 
Bridlington (for the 13th time); W. H. 
Wainman (for the 21st time); G. J. Maskell, 
of Hunmanby (twin grandsons); J. G. 
Howes, of Thornaby-on-Tees; T. Callaghan, 
of Woodbridge, Suffolk (a second child, a 
son, for his daughter in the U.S.A.) ; D. C. R. 
Cole, of Lower Tuffley, Glos. (a third 


From All Quarters 

T. Morton, of Peterborough, has recently 
completed an order for four wastepaper 
baskets for the Royal Lodge, Windsor, 
made at the express request of Queen 
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The order 
came to our St. Dunstaner through Mrs. 
Morton's uncle, who has been a steward 
at the Royal Lodge for many years. Our 
St. Dunstaner is a member of the R.A.O.B. 
and last year become one of the few blind 
men to be made a Primo. 

• • • 

Esmond Knight's next film will be 
" Sink the Bismarck." This is a film of 
the action in which he was blinded. In 
the war he was a Lieutenant, R.N.V.R. 
In the film he plays the captain. Mr. 
Knight said to a Daily Sketch reporter: 
" Making the film was an incredible sensa- 
tion. The reconstruction was so perfect 
that it took me right back to that day. It 
was uncanny to live again the last few 
moments of when I had sight — for the 
film covers the actual entry of the shell 
that blinded me." 

• • • 

Tommy McKay, of Brighton, one of 
our handless St. Dunstaners, has been 
awarded a second prize — a bronze plaque — 
for his entry of a combined coffee-bed-table 
in the 7th International Handicrafts Exhibi- 
tion. He has thus won an award in this 
Exhibition three years running. 

• * • 

Two first prizes, two seconds, three thirds 
and one highly commended was the score 
of H. M. Symes, of North Harrow, at the 
annual show of the North West Middlesex 
Horticultural Society for the Blind. 

• • • 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Greenwood, of Worthing, 
have returned home from Australia after 
visiting Mrs. Greenwood's brother there. 
They have been away eight months. 

• • * 

The Ilford Magical Society are presenting 
their Grand International Magic Gala at 
the Town Hall, Ilford, on Friday, October 
9th (a donation from the proceeds is made 
to St. Dunstan's). The Hon. Secretary, 
Mr. Ron MacMillan, extends an invitation 
to friends of St. Dunstan's living in the 
district to attend and those who would 
like a seat are asked to get in touch with 
him direct at 29 St. John's Road, London, 

At Stithians Agricultural Show, E. J. 
Burley showed five hens and received two 
firsts and special prizes, two seconds and 
one third. Mrs. Burley had two second 
prizes for beetroot and broad beans. 

• • • 

Miss Bridget Beckwith was married on 
August 26th at Instow, North Devon, to 
Major Chiverton Robert Peel. 

• • • 

At Bournemouth Musical Festival, A. E. 
Alexander, of Parkstone Poole, received a 
First Class Certificate in the Quartet section, 
and was second in the Open Baritone Class, 
missing top marks by one point out of an 
entry of nineteen. 

• • • 

From Christchurch, New Zealand, tell- 
ing of a change of address, comes a letter 
from Ernest L. Tozer. He writes: " There 
are ten St. Dunstaners in Christchurch and 
we keep in touch with one another — we are 
all on the telephone. We are in the midst 
of winter so have not been out so much, 
but have enjoyed the broadcasts of football 
matches of the Lions' tour of New Zealand. 
With talkie books and some leather work 
I have managed to pass the time and we are 
now looking forward to Spring, that is 
just around the corner." 

Manchester Club Notes 

For several years past members of the 
Club, and their wives, have been very 
pleased to regard Mr. E. Hindle, of the 
Railway Hotel, Pleasington, near Blackburn, 
as a close friend, and readers of the Review 
will recall the very happy times that he 
provided for St. Dunstaners and their 
wives and escorts in the Manchester area. 

It was with deep regret that we learned 
of Mr. Hindle's death, which occurred on 
September 6th, and his passing brings a 
feeling of loss to all St. Dunstaners who 
had the pleasure of knowing him, for 
they will remember his unassuming nature, 
his modesty, his great-hearted hospitality, 
and the obvious sense of pleasure that he 
displayed when he witnessed his St. 
Dunstan's visitors enjoying themselves. 

A letter of sympathy was sent to Mrs. 
Hindle, and a wreath sent from the Club 
members, through the kind co-operation 
of Mr. Bob Britton, of Blackburn. 

J. Shaw, 
Club Secretary. 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

Recently I was introduced to what is 
commonly called a " Ham," I mean, of 
course, one of the fellows who play around 
with amateur radio, and after a long chat 
I found myself eager to know more. 

After persuading my wife that this was 
the sort of thing I would like to take up, 
I eventually bought a short wave set and 
have spent many happy hours listening to 
the arguments and general discussions 
which go on all day and most of the night. 

I have since been introduced to more 
Hams, and now they speak to me over the 
air and sometimes say " hallo " to my wife. 
Needless to say, she is the one who wants 
me to go in for the Radio Amateur's 
Exam., so that I, too, can speak to them and 
have a chin wag and be kept up to date 
with all the gossip. 

I have wondered why more St. Dunstan- 
ers do not take an interest in this, for it is 
fairly simple and there are plenty of Hams 
who would like to help in fixing the rig. 
Hours of good fun can be had, so come on, 
lads, and join the ranks of many blind 
chaps who operate and enjoy it to the full. 

Yours sincerely, 
Grays, Essex. Charles Bargery 

Alan Nichols 

Mrs. Nichols has received from the 
Limbless Soldiers' Association of Australia 
a copy of the June issue of their magazine, 
The Limbless Soldier, containing the follow- 
ing tribute to her husband: 

" Members may remember the report on 
Mr. Alan Nichols, a member of the British 
Forces who lost both hands and both eyes 
as a result of service in the 1914-18 war, 
who visited Australia travelling alone and 
was the guest of Mrs. BrockhofF, of Rose 

" This Limbless Soldier was more than 
an inspiration to members of this organisa- 
tion by his carefree manner, his most 
pleasant conversation and his cheery smile. 
He has written quite a number of booklets. 
His experience in Australia is beautifully 
depicted in " Calling All Chums " and is 
a great credit to this wonderful man. 

" Advice by cable this morning informs 
me of the answer to the ' Last Call,' 
which I was very sorry indeed to receive, 
as I know he had such a lot in mind for 
the future." 

Told Amongst Ourselves 

It was a lovely warm afternoon at Church 
Stretton and there were about four of us 
in the hut having a Braille lesson — a special 
reading lesson in which those of us whose 
progress had reached a certain degree of 
proficiency used to read together, each 
man reading a short passage. I was 
possibly the most advanced of the group, 
not very fast anyway, but by reading a 
little faster than my colleagues, could more 
or less guess the part I should be called 
upon to read aloud. I would read this 
several times ere my turn came, then, hey 
presto, I could fly over the dots, most of 
it from memory. 

On this warm afternoon I had done nicely, 
got my part well guessed and almost 
memorised; it came nearer and nearer my 
turn, and then the blow fell. Miss Maitland 
said: " Now, if you'll all turn over two 
pages, John can carry on and read some- 
thing he has not practised on." 

I had been tumbled, I was cut down to 
size, and I learned something, too. Even 
if I could not see Miss Maitland, she could 
see me. 

John A. Mudge 

We had paused to take stock of one of 
the shop windows in the village High Street 
when a small boy sidled up, a five-year-old 
or so. " Hallo," he hailed us. We echoed 
his greeting and then there was a long 
silence, during which he was evidently 
weighing up the situation. His next remark 
was something of a shock to me, especially 
as I am the junior partner. " Is that your 
dad? " he asked my wife. 

P. S. Sumner 

A couple of years ago, while on holiday 
at Ovingdean, one of the outings arranged 
by Mrs. " Mac " to Cuckfield was so popular 
that the ambulance had to be pressed into 
service to carry the overflow. The ambu- 
lance went on well in front of the other 
two coaches. Speeding merrily on around 
the Sussex countryside, strains of singing, 
merriment and mirth could be heard from 
the ambulance, which greatly perplexed the 
pedestrians, who may have thought that 
the noise was to drown the cries of a pain- 
suffering patient. In fact, a policeman on 
traffic control was seen to take off his 
helmet, scratch his head and make a move 
as if to investigate, but thought better 
of it. That was funny enough to be sure, 
but a funnier thing happened later when 


passers-by shouted to the driver that he 
was taking the wrong turning — the home 
for weary minds, they said, was to the 
right and not to the left! 

F. H. Wareham 

Whilst lying in a hospital bad some time 
ago, I heard a lot of whispering going on 
about my plastic eyes. It's surprising how 
many people you come across who think 
you can see when you put them in. I 
could tell that the fellow in the next bed 
was dying to ask if the plastics made any 
difference. One afternoon my wife, visiting 
me, said in a whisper, " The fellow next 
to you is as yellow as a guinea. He must 
have yellow jaundice." " Hold tight and 
don't laugh," says I, " and tell me when 
he's looking at me." " That's easy," says 
she, " he never takes his eyes off you." 
Unwrapping my plastic eyes from the cotton 
wool, I inserted them and turning to him, 
said, " Strewth, mate, I never realised 
you were a Chinaman; you speak our 
language very well." " I'm not a chink," 
says he, " I'm in here with yellow jaundice." 

E. H. North 

My little daughter is three and the follow- 
ing conversation recently took place be- 
tween us: 

Ann : Will you read my book to me, 

Dad: "But I can't see to read, love." 

Ann : " Then open your blind eyes, 

Rex Robinson 

Braille Test 

Senior Braille Reading Test : J. MacFarlane, 
of Ilford. 

Multum in Parvo 

It is not that we had not climbed before, 
Each to his darling summit of desire, 
Or ivatched high whiteness fro?n some valley's floor 
Touched by the dawn's lean fingers tipped with fire; 
Tor you, my friend, harsh vaporous breath hard- 
The snows of god-like Kilimanjaro knew 
And I blue-framed Columbia in the sun, 
There, where the ice-axed glittering splinters flew. 
But it is not the eagle sweetest sings; 
One touch of beauty fully understood 
Is worth a cosmos of remoter things; 
And we would perfect keep, if keep we could, 
The drifts, the wood-smoke and the frosty air, 
The hush of Bachnagairn that evening there. 


Talking Book Library 
Holiday Aftermath 

The books below are proffered for the 
enjoyment of an unusually sun-soaked 
circle of readers. 

" Dance of the Trees," by R. St. Barbe 
Baker, reader John Webster, tells of a life- 
long devotion to trees and brings into its 
proper perspective the importance of the 
tree in the world to-day. The author 
crusaded to help save the belt of mighty 
Californian redwoods and he is a great 
champion of re-afforestation, particularly in 
Africa and Israel. The title is explained 
and immediately becomes a good and 
imaginative one. After this you will have 
to admit that trees are wonderful and far 
more important than you ever realised. 
Cat. No. 14. 

"The Third Eye," by T. Lobsang 
Rampa, reader Alvar Lidell, is now admit- 
ted to be a most successful hoax. Hoax 
or no, it is well worth the reading. The 
author purports to be a high ranking lama 
close to the Dalai Lama himself. This is 
an autobiography from the age of five to 
admission as an abbot years later. A 
convincing yarn and it is very difficult to 
distinguish between the genuine and the 
hoax, unless one knows a few lamaseries 
in Tibet. Cat. No. 47. 

" Sir Christopher Wren," by John Sum- 
merson, reader Peter Fettes, is a pleasant 
biography of our greatest church architect. 
Cat. No. 40. 

" The Castle on the Hill," by Elizabeth 
Goudge, reader Adrian Waller, is a wartime 
story of a middle-aged woman who becomes 
housekeeper in the castle to a historian 
with two great nephews. Evacuee children 
and a down and out violinist bring romance 
into a very satisfying story. Cat. No. 596. 

" The Old Curiosity Shop," by Charles 
Dickens, reader Andrew Timothy, is the 
pathetic story of little Nell and her grand- 
father. The supporting cast of rollicking 
rogues, Quilp, Swiveller, Mr. Brass and 
his sister help prevent the pathos from 
miring the story down. A must for 
Johnny Ray! Cat. No. 67. 

" The Horse's Mouth," by Joyce Cary, 
reader Arthur Bush, marks the last chapter 
in the saga of Gully Jimson, the larger than 
life artist, who fades out while engaged 
in painting about an acre of wall. Hil- 
ariously funny attempts to collect some 


capital after emerging from gaol occupy 
most of the book. A wee bit broad, but 
most amusing. Cat. No. 24. 

" The Turn of the Tide," by Arthur 
Bryant, reader Eric Gillett, is based entirely 
on the war diaries of Field Marshal Lord 
Alanbrooke, thus the historian, Bryant, 
finds himself for a change able to muster 
a first-hand account of stirring events, and 
a fine job he makes of it, too. Cat. No. 84. 

Also released: — 

" The Fall of the Sparrow," by Nigel 
Balchin, reader John de Manio. Cat. No. 

" The Wind Cannot Read," by Richard 
Mason, reader Derek McCulloch. Cat. No. 

" The Green Bay Tree," by Louis Brom- 
field, reader Derek McCulloch. Cat. No. 

" Summerhills," by D. E. Stevenson, 
reader Andrew Timothy. Cat. No. 16. 

" The Sword in the Stone," by T. H. 
White, reader Andrew Timothy. Cat. No. 

71 • " Nelson" 

Golden Wedding 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. A. Robinson, of Grimsby, who cele- 
brated their Golden Wedding anniversary 
on July 29th. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations also to the follow- 
ing, who are celebrating Ruby Wedding 
anniversaries : 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Broadley, of Felixstowe, 
July 14th; Mr. and Mrs. W. R. MacKay, 
of Castletown, Caithness, July 25th; Mr. 
and Mrs. G. A. Prince, of Newcastle-on- 
Tyne, August 2nd; Mr. and Mrs. E. J 
Squires, of Ringwood, Hampshire, August 
2nd; Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Kirk, of Lancing, 
August 3rd; Mr. and Mrs. A. Drew, of 
Moston, Manchester, August 23rd; Mr. and 
Mrs. H. Roberts, of Dukinfield, September 
9th; Mr. and Mrs. H. Pople, of Cardiff, 
September 11th; Mr. and Mrs. T.Cheshire, 
of Studham, near Dunstable, September 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs R. 
Britton, of Blackburn, whose Silver Wedding 
anniversary was on May 28th last, and to 
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Waters, of Sevenoaks, 
September 15th. 

Family News 

Our sincere sympathy is extended to 
Mrs. T. Niccol, of Harrogate, whose 
mother died at the end of July. 

• • • 

Marion Champniss, Hove, whose father 
died in 1953, has gained a First Class Diploma 
at the Catering Department of the Brighton 
Technical College. 

• • • 

When H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh 
visited the R.A.F. Officers' Mess in Singa- 
pore last February, the daughter and son- 
in-law of George Jolly, of Northampton, 
were among those to whom His Royal 
Highness chatted. Mr. and Mrs. Jolly have 
a photograph taken during the conversation. 

• • • 

Neil Richmond, son of our late St. 
Dunstaner, Edwin Richmond, of Harrogate 
has passed his Final Teacher's examination 
and takes up a teaching post in Harrogate 
this month. He is a keen musician and is 
Assistant Organist at Pateley Bridge Parish 

• • • 

Squadron Leader T. G. V. Roden, 
m.r.c.s., l.r.c.p., R.A.F., has been success- 
ful in obtaining his London University 
Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Health 
and St. Dunstaners will share the pleasure 
and delight of his father, Terry Roden, 
that his thesis on his chosen subject — St. 
Dunstan's — won the University prize for the 
best dissertation of the year. 

• • • 

David Hughes, son of our old friend, 
Joe Hughes, of Selsdon, who died in 1944, 
has obtained his Science Degree at South- 
ampton University. Mrs. Hughes re- 
married and is now Mrs. Medland. 

• • • 

Bobby Cashmore, Birmingham, has passed 
with merit Grade II of the L.R.A.M. 
examination, obtaining 125 marks out of a 
possible 150. Denise Craddock, Warring- 
ton, has passed her London College of 
Music Examination, Step I Preparatory. She 
was awarded a First Class Certificate, and 
eleven year old Maureen Newall, Man- 
chester, has passed her Primary Examination 
for piano playing at the Royal College of 

• • • 

Norma Withington, Wigan, came second 


in her age group for painting in an exhibi- 
tion arranged by Wigan and District 

• • • 

Susan Coupland, Hessle, is an excellent 
swimmer and was in the final swimming 
group for Hull All-Schools Events. 

• • • 

David Hutchings, Sutton, Surrey, has 
passed with credits his final City and Guilds 
of London examination. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Anne Ollington, Earlsfield, S.W.I 8, on 
August 29th, to Mr. Gordon G. Burke. 

Bernard William Christian, Douglas, Isle 
of Man, was married in New Zealand on 
August 6th, to Miss Patricia Natalie Revell. 

Alison Boyd, Brighton, on September 
5th, to Dr. Alastair B. Milne, of Reading. 
Dr. Milne is joining a practice in Harrow 
and for the time being Alison will continue 
as Registrar at Barnet General Hospital. 

Margaret Green, Whittlesey, on July 25th, 
to Mr. B. Clark. 

Christine Todd, Oxhey, Watford, on 
May 23rd, to Mr. W. Batley. 

Frederick Duxbury, Liverpool, on August 
8th, to Miss Pauline Roberts. 

Neil Stewart MacFarlane, Ilford, on 
August 8th, to Miss Elizabeth Doreen 

Reunions — 1 959 

St. Dunstaners in East Anglia assembled 
at the Great White Horse Hotel, Ipswich, 
on July 2nd, for their annual Reunion, 
presided over by Mr. D. G. Hopewell. It 
was a perfect day and some forty-seven 
St. Dunstaners, including coachloads from 
Clacton and Southend, made it a most 
successful get-together. Besides meeting 
senior members of the Welfare and Techni- 
cal staff, they were able to greet old friends 
like Miss Hensley, Miss Hester Pease and 
Mr. Sherratt during the afternoon. 

Two days later at the Queen's Hotel, 
Birmingham, Sir Brian Horrocks, accom- 
panied by Lady Horrocks, greeted fifty- 
seven St. Dunstaners from the industrial 
Midlands and again they were able to meet 
old friends in the persons of Miss Gough 
and Mr. George White. It was another 
perfect day and in spite of the heat, our 
St. Dunstaners enjoyed dancing in the 
splendid ballroom all the afternoon. 

Lord and Lady Fraser very much enjoyed 
meeting nearly one hundred and fifty St. 
Dunstaners at what they afterwards des- 

cribed as most successful Reunions at 
Blackpool, at the Casino on September 9th, 
Chester, at the Grosvenor Hotel on Septem- 
ber 11th, and Manchester, at the Grand 
Hotel on September 12th. Again retired 
members of the staff were present in the 
persons of Matron Vaughan Davies and 
Miss E. G. Doel, at Blackpool and Man- 

Our Large Family 
In his speech at these Reunions, Lord 
Fraser said: " I estimate that 20,000 men, 
women and children have been cared for 
by St. Dunstan's during the past forty-four 
years. All down the pages of history 
there have been outstanding individuals 
who have done well in spite of blindness, 
but the early part of this century is the first 
time that thousands of ordinary men and 
a few women, have been enabled to conquer 
blindness. That is the miracle of St. 
Dunstan's. . . . By comparison with earlier 
decades, the last forty years have seen a 
remarkable improvement in the welfare of 
the blind and of the disabled, and St. 
Dunstan's has been the most notable agency 
for re-creating shattered lives and spreading 
the gospel of hope." 


Our deep sympathy is sent this month to 
the following : — ■ 
Craddock. — To R. Craddock, of Sankey, 

Warrington, whose father died on August 

Cook. — To A. R. Cook, of Gloucester, 

whose sister, Mrs. Hackett, who looked 

after him for many years, died on August 

Simpson. — To H. Simpson, of Aylesbury, 

whose brother has died in Newcastle. 
Todd.— To J. H. Todd, of Oxhey, Watford, 

whose mother died in May last. 
Tasker.— To T. Tasker, of Tollerton, 

York, who lost his sister very suddenly 

in June. 
Papps. — To J. Papps, of Dunstable, whose 

wife died in hospital on September 5th, 

after an illness of many years. 


Our late St. Dunstaner, W. F. Butt, of 
Worthing, died within a fortnight of his 
78th birthday and not his 88th as reported 
last month. We regret this error. 
• • • 

We have heard with regret of the death 
on September 7th, of Mrs. A. J. Burtenshaw, 
widow of our late St. Dunstaner, A. J. 
Burtenshaw, of Portslade. 


Tales of Ind 
The Eternal Snows 

During the last war I was, for five years, 
on the staff of the Central Internment 
Camp, Dehra Dun, which is situated at the 
foothills of the mighty Himalayas. 

A young friend who was in the Services 
came to spend a few days' leave with my 
wife and I, and it was suggested that I 
should take him for a walk across the 
mountains from Mussoorie to Chakrata, a 
distance of some forty miles. Now I had 
done this walk some thirty years earlier, 
and I was a very young man then. How- 
ever, rather foolishly, I agreed. I had not 
prepared for the walk although I was 
pretty fit. 

We started off from Mussoorie one after- 
noon, taking with us bedding, provisions 
and a coolie to carry them. The first 
afternoon we walked down the old road 
to Simla, which passed through a forest of 
pines and brought us to the first stage 
of our journey, the bridge which crosses 
the source of the river Jumna, one of the 
mightiest rivers of India. We had now 
covered about seven miles and descended 
from over seven thousand feet to two 
thousand feet. We stopped and rested 
before crossing the bridge: I knew that 
the rest house where we would stay the 
night was just over the bridge and there was 
no hurry. It was dark now and I said to 
my young friend, " The rest house is just 
a short distance over the other side of the 
bridge." When we had crossed the bridge 
my companion called out, " I can't see 
any rest house." I was so certain that the 
rest house had been there when I last passed 
that way, that the only conclusion I could 
come to was that in the intervening years 
the position of the bridge had been moved 
further down the river and the rest 
house was, of course, at the point where 
the old bridge had been. What a trick 
of memory that had caused me to forget 
that the rest house was actually some 
quarter of a mile further up the road! 
Unfortunately, that trick of memory nearly 
caused disaster and did cause us much 
discomfort. We carried on looking for the 
lost rest house and had by then walked 
over another mountain about 8,000 feet 
and down into another valley. As it 
was now 10 p.m. and we had walked 
sixteen miles, I called a halt and we rolled 
ourselves in our blankets and slept on the 

mountain path, the coolie beside us. I was 
not worried about wild animals such as 
tigers, panthers or leopards, as these 
creatures do not attack humans unless it 
happens to be a man-eating tiger. No, 
the gentleman I was secretly worried about 
was a much more dangerous customer than 
the big cats ... it was the Himalayan 
black bear. However, the night passed 
quietly, but the ground was very hard 
indeed and I got no sleep. 

We now had five miles to go before 
we reached our next rest house at Chourani, 
that beautiful valley where the traveller 
gains the most perfect view of the Eternal 
Snows. It was a steady uphill climb, but 
it was not long before I began to feel the 
effects of the previous day's effort and Anno 
Domini. My feet had swollen and this added 
to my difficulties. As we climbed higher 
so matters became worse, as the air became 
more rarified. Every so often we would 
reach an abrupt bend in the narrow moun- 
tain path and we would find a great sweep 
in the road which would follow the pattern 
of the mountain like the sea follows a 
coastal indentation. I became very dis- 
tressed as the day wore on and once I 
stumbled and nearly went over the edge 
of the path to fall a sheer drop of several 
thousand feet, but for the timely help of 
my companion. Our progress now was 
painfully slow as I was compelled to take 
frequent rests. At last, when I had almost 
given up and considered asking my com- 
panion to go ahead and seek help, we 
turned one of those abrupt corners and 
there before us was Chourani, my secret 
Shangri-la. We entered the rest house, 
which was quite close to where we were 
standing, and I immediately threw myself 
on to a bed, thoroughly exhausted, leaving 
my young friend to chop up some wood 
to make a fire so that we could have some 
tea. Presently a very agitated Chowkidar, 
or caretaker, appeared at my door. " Sahib," 
he cried, " the sahib is chopping up the 
gate." I am not a great tea drinker but 
when my friend brought the tea I drank 
cup after cup, and after each cup I could 
feel my strength returning. I must have 
swallowed fully fifteen cups of tea, and I 
expect it was pretty poor tea, the water 
probably smoked, but it was to me the 
nectar of the gods. 

The next morning I stood on the road 
outside and gazed in awe at the sight before 



me. Looking eastwards across the valley 
there was spread before my eyes the most 
beautiful sight, I think, on earth. There, 
like a gigantic carpet of white, reached as 
far as the eye could see . . . the Eternal 
Snows. I wish I possessed the gift to 
describe what I beheld, indeed, I consider 
such beauty and grandeur baffles descrip- 
tion. There this great carpet of snow lay, 
as far as the eye could see, and that is a 
long way in the clear rarified air. On 
the gigantic carpet raised lumps could be 
seen, these were peaks, but north of 
this mass of snow stood mighty peaks 
like giant fingers pointing upwards. I 
counted about eight of these over 20,000 ft. 
giants. As I watched the enthralling 
scene the rising sun tipped the summits 
of these great peaks a rosy pink, like some 
invisible hand pouring slowly over great 
blobs of ice cream, strawberry syrup. I 
have had the good fortune to visit places 
of great natural beauty, but none of them 
appealed to me so much as the scene that 
was spread out before me in all its beauty 
and awe-inspiring grandeur, leaving a feel- 
ing of deep humility. 

Except that my feet were sore and swollen 
I was feeling quite fit after a night's rest, 
but I wore a pair of sandals in place of 
boots. We started off on the last leg of 
our journey to Chackrata, but had not 
gone far when we found that long sections 
of the road had disappeared, due, no doubt, 
to the monsoon and neglect during the war 
years. The road from Chourani to Chack- 
rata was fairly level, but we now had to 
climb above the old road along a rough 
path strewn with rocks and boulders. We 
arrived at our destination in the early 

Chackrata, known affectionately as 
" Chack " by generations of British soldiers, 
was one of the favourite military hill 
stations for troops in northern India. 
Thousands of troops were accommodated, 
and at nearby Kailana, during the hot 
months of the year. Situated in beautiful 
surroundings there were facilities for foot- 
ball, tennis, cricket, etc., and there was a 
brewery where most excellent beer and 
stout was brewed by a brewer who had 
learned his art at a famous Burton brewery. 
Chackrata was also famed for its Marriage 
Market, which took place annually. The 
young people would arrive in their best 
clothes from the surrounding mountain 

villages. The girls clad in gaily coloured 
loose skirts down to their ankles and 
wearing abbreviated bodices. On their per- 
sons they carried their dowries in the shape 
of silver jewellery. It was a case of rings 
on her fingers and rings on her toes, rings 
in her ears and rings in her nose, and 
innumerable bangles on her arms and her 
legs. The bride, in this community, had 
the privilege of choosing her husbands. 
Did I say husbands? Yes, dear reader, 
because these people practised polyandry, 
and the bride would usually select several 
brothers for husbands and she would reign 
queen in her home, the husbands working 
for her and living in amity, for there is no 
divorce among these people. 

If, dear reader, you have soldiered in 
India, and have been to Chackrata, drop 
me a line and we can talk about happy 
days in Chack. 

I do hope you have enjoyed our walk. 

Duncan McAlpin 

[It has not been possible to include this 
article in the Braille Review but it will 
appear next month.] 


Baker. — On August 18th, to Cynthia and 

Paul Baker, of St. Austell, a daughter — 

Janet — a sister for John. 
Booth. — On July 28th, to Peter and Peggy 

Booth, of Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil, 

Somerset, a son— Philip. 
Croyman. — On August 4th, to the wife of 

R. H. Croyman, of Clacton, a son — 

Phillip Stanley. 
Duffee. — On May 19th, to the wife of 

P. R. Duffee, of Kingston, Surrey, a son 

—David Phillip. 
Loska. — On August 17th, to the wife of 

J. Loska, of Brighton, twin sons — John 

Francis and Stephen Paul. 
McCartney. — On August 24th, to the 

wife of H. McCartney, of Belfast, a son, 

their ninth surviving child. 


Overill — Carter. — On August 21st, A. J. 

Overill, at present of Ovingdean, to 

Mrs. Edith Laura Carter. 
Sergeant — Younger — On September. 

12th, W. Sergeant, recently of Ovingdean, 

to Miss Younger. They will live at 



JJn ffitXttOXyi" (continued from page 12) 

Private William Rushen, 13th Essex Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death of W. Rushen, of Witham, Essex. He was 78. 
He enlisted at the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war, was wounded in France in 1917, and was discharged 
in April, 1918, entering St. Dunstan's immediately. He trained in netting, mat-making and boot-repairing 
and carried on the last occupation until 1929 when ill-health forced him to give this up. He continued to 
make a few mats until 1950, when he went to stay with his sister in Colchester. Two years later he returned 
to Witham and his sister kept house for him. On June 9th he was admitted to hospital and died there on 
July 25th. 

He had never married and our sincere sympathy is sent to his sister in her loss. 

Private Robert Robinson, Royal Air Force and Somerset Eight Infantry 

We have to record with deep regret the death of R. Robinson, of Cookstown, Northern Ireland, 
at the age of 63. 

He served with the Royal Air Force in the 1914-1918 war and enlisted as a private in the Somerset 
Light Infantry in January, 1940. He received his discharge four years later and entered St. Dunstan's in July, 
1945, where he trained as a mat-maker, and he worked at his craft until quite recently. 

He had been in indifferent health for some time but his death on August 26th was sudden and 

He leaves a widow and grown up family, to whom our sincere sympathy is sent. 

Private George James Smith, 2nd Grenadier Guards 

With deep regret we record the death of G. J. Smith, formerly of Leicester. He died at the age of 
75 at Pearson House, where he had been for only two weeks. 

He was an old soldier — he had enlisted in 1904 — and he was wounded in France in 1914 and came to 
St. Dunstan's on his discharge in 1916. He trained as a basket-maker, keeping also a little poultry for a time, 
but in 1949 his age and ill-health forced him to give up his craft. He had not been in good health recently 
but his death was sudden and unexpected. 

To his daughter, Mrs. Eld, and to the rest of his family our deep sympathy is extended. 

J. Dalrymple, New Zealand Forces 

We have heard with deep regret that our New Zealand St. Dunstaner, J. Dalrymple, of Gisborne, 
died suddenly in the first week of June. 

He enlisted in January, 1941, served overseas and was wounded in action in December of the same 
year. He was posted as a prisoner of war in July, 1942, and was repatriated in 1943, and he returned to his 
home in New Zealand the following February. He was admitted to St. Dunstan's benefits in August, 1947. 

He leaves a widow and grown up family to whom we send our deep sympathy. 

H. Mitchell, 3rd "Battalion Rifle Brigade 

We have also heard with deep regret of the death of H. Mitchell, of Birkenhead, New Zealand, who 
served during the First World War. His death occurred during the first week in June, just before his 63rd 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Mitchell and her daughter. 

J. R. Smith, Australian Forces 
The news of the death of J. H. Smith, of Melbourne, on April 17th, has only just reached us and we 
learn of his death with deep regret. 

He was 66 years of age and had been blind for the past ten years. 

He leaves a widow and two daughters, to whom we send our deep sympathy. 

Wessel Marais, 13th Field Coy., South African Expeditionary Corps 
Wc have heard with deep regret of the death on July 21st of Wessel (Pop) Marais, of Krugcrsdorp, 

Transvaal. He was 61. 

He had served with the South African Forces from December, 1940, until July, 1944, being wounded 

at Tripoli in December, 1942. He trained in braille, typewriting and hobby carpentry in South Africa and 

spent a year in England in 1945-46, when he returned home to his farming concern in South Africa, where he 

was a well-known and popular figure. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Marais and her son and daughter. 

Lieutenant D. B. Chappie, Royal Morse Guards 

We announce with deep regret Douglas Chappie's sudden death on August 16th, which came as a 
great shock to his physiotherapy colleagues and many other friends in St. Dunstan's. 

He came to us when his sight failed in 1929 and trained as a masseur. He and his wife moved to 
Sussex last year for his retirement after he had completed a hospital appointment in Norfolk. Mrs. Chappie 
broke her leg some weeks ago and it was after visiting her that Sunday at Cuckfield that Douglas suddenly 
collapsed at home and died a few hours later after being admitted to the same hospital. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Chappie and their grown up son. 

Lieutenant J. A. Whittle, o.b.e., 42nd Battery, A.F.A. 

We regret to announce the death in South Australia on August 24th of J. A. Whittle, who was known 
to St. Dunstaners in this country, as he came here in 1935 and trained as a physiotherapist. He returned home 
to practise and also to play a leading part in Australian blind welfare organisation. He was for the past ten 
years Vice-President of the Australian Blinded Soldiers' Association and was also President of the Blinded 
Soldiers' Association of South Australia, of which he had been Hon. Secretary for some twenty tears. Warm 
tributes to his fine work have appeared in the newspapers of Adelaide. 

We extend our deep sympathy to his widow and married daughter. 


"In fUnurrg" 

Private Ernest Edward Barrett, 1 2th Royal Fusiliers 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of E. E. Barrett, of Lower Edmonton, N.9. He was 
nearly 80. 

Enlisting in September, 1916, he came to St. Dunstan's only a year later, where he trained in joinery, 
and he continued with this work almost up to the time of his death. He had a serious operation in the spring 
and had seemed to make a fairly good recovery, but he died suddenly on July 7th. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Barrett and to the small grandson whom they were bringing up. 

Private Bernard Joseph Butler, Royal Army Service Corps 
With deep regret we record the death of B. J. Butler, of RedhiU, in his fifty-second year. 
He had enlisted in September, 1940, and served until December, 1946, but when he came to St. 

Dunstan's in 1954 he was a chronic invalid, being completely helpless as well as deaf and blind. His death, 

nevertheless, was not expected. He passed away during the night of July 9th. 
We offer our deep sympathy to Mrs. Butler and her two sons. 

Private Percy John Cottrell, 1j5th Gloucestershire Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death of P. J. Cottrell, of Brighton. He was nearly 72. 
He had enlisted in March, 1916, was discharged in December, 1919, and came immediately to St. 
Dunstan's. He became a home craftsman (at first he worked at boot-repairing and mat-making) but concen- 
trated later on baskets, and he was working at this craft right up to the date of his quite sudden death 
on July 11th. 

Since the death of Mrs. Cottrell, in 1949, his young daughter, Margaret, had devotedly cared for him 
and our deep sympathy goes out to her in her great loss. She was the only child. 

Sergeant Albert Jarvis, Eabour Corps 

We have to record with deep regret the death of Albert Jarvis, of Kenilworth, but for many years 
of Arborfield, Reading. He was 63. 

He served with the Labour Corps from 1916 until 1919 and came to St. Dunstan's in 1923. He 
trained as a poultry farmer and he became one of our best known and most successful men in this profession, 
which he followed right up to the end of 1958. He had been ill for the whole of this year and very severely 
ill for the last few months. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Jarvis and to all her husband's relatives on the death of our old 

Private Frederick Johnson, 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of F. Johnson, of Derby, at the age of 78. 

He enlisted in October, 1915, and was wounded at Mariecourt, and came to St. Dunstan's in October, 
1916, where he trained as a mat-maker. He carried on this occupation until 1925 then began trading on his 
own account until 1951. From that date ill-health prevented him working and he became steadily worse. 
He died in hospital on August 22nd. 

Our sincerest sympathy is sent to Mrs. Johnson and her family. 

Private James May, 1st Glasgow Highlanders 

With deep regret we record the death of J. May, of Glasgow, at the early age of 36. 

He served from January, 1942, until May, 1944, and came to St. Dunstan's in September of that year. 

He trained for industry and worked for thirteen years with Messrs. Hoovers, Ltd., of Glasgow, where 
he became a most popular member of the staff and highly respected for his extremely conscientious work. 
He was always of a cheerful disposition and his sudden death will give sorrow to many. 

He was a bachelor and our deep sympathy is extended to his married sister, Mrs. McGuigan, with 
whom he lived, and to his other relatives. 

Sergeant Walter Penter, King's Shropshire Eight Infantry 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. Penter, of Hove. He was only 38. 
He had enlisted in 1938 and was discharged in April, 1952, coming to St. Dunstan's four years later. 
He did very well with his preliminary training and went on to industrial training. Unfortunately his splendid 
progress in assembly work had to cease owing to the probability that for medical reasons he would not be 
able to work in industry. He transferred to basket work and was making fair progress when he had to be 
admitted to the Sick Bay. Mrs. Penter and her family came to live in the Brighton area so that he could be 
admitted to Pearson House when necessary but his ill-health continued and he died in Pearson House on August 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Penter and her four young sons, all of whom are under sixteen. 

Private Sidney Rowney, Highland Eight Infantry 
With deep regret we record the death of S. Rowney, of Wickford, Essex, at the age of 73. 
He served during the First World War from December, 1915, until March, 1920, but did not come 

to St. Dunstan's until August of last year when, owing to his age, he could not take training. Although 

he had been for a period in hospital, his death was not expected. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom our deep sympathy is extended. 

Continued on page 1 1. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 474— Volume XLIII 

OCTOBER, 1959 

Price 3d. Monthly. 

(Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


THE overcoming of the handicap of blindness is first of all a spiritual or psychological 
affair; there must be the will to win. But there are also mechanical aids, the best known 
of which are, of course, Braille in all its forms, the typewriter, radio and the talking 
book. Double disabilities, such as the loss of a limb or limbs or hearing in addition to 
blindness, present problems of their own and we do what we can to help to meet them. 
Thus we have watches for all St. Dunstaners and special watches for the handless. Even a 
typewriter and a telephone switchboard that a handless man can operate. Only a few days 
ago a partially deaf St. Dunstaner asked me if the new tape talking book could be adapted 
so that he could hear it; at present he finds the scratch on the disc records is exaggerated 
by his hearing aid so that it is too noisy to be comfortable to listen to. This problem is 
being looked at in the hope that a solution for the partially deaf may be found. 

Then there are industrial jobs in which some adaptation of a machine or the addition 
of some indicator or instrument or safety device makes it possible for a St. Dunstaner to 
do a job which would otherwise be out of his reach. I myself was instrumental long years 
ago in devising a meter which the masseur of that day could read so that he would know 
what electric current was passing through his patient when he was applying medical electricity. 

It is certainly true that inventions, adaptations and gadgets have been a very important 
department of St. Dunstan's work and that they have contributed much to the employment, 
occupation and comfort of many St. Dunstaners. 

During the Second War I wanted help in this field and it was almost impossible to get 
a skilled tool-maker or mechanic or engineer, because they were all in the Services or 
employed in munitions. I was at a loss until I thought of an idea, and pursuing it, I went 
to Roehampton Hospital to see if I could find a wounded or slightly disabled man who 
could come and work for us. 

I asked the Medical Superintendent if there was such a fellow in the wards and they 
told me of a man who was in bed at the time surrounded by radio sets, watches, bracelets, 
and all kinds of objects belonging to patients, nurses and even the hospital itself. He had 
made himself into a kind of " repair workshop " and was kept busy all day. I went over 
to talk to him and said, "Are you a watchmaker by trade ?" He said, "no," but he was getting 
along all right with them. I thought, here is the kind of man I want who can turn his hand 
to anything and is ingenious and keen and inventive. 

The man was Peter Nye and as soon as he was well enough to leave hospital, he came 
to St. Dunstan's and has been with us ever since, studying the problems of inventions and 


gadgets especially for the doubly disabled. There is no mechanical or electrical problem 
related to blindness which he has not had a hand in and he has made a most valuable 
contribution to the art and science of beating blindness. During his evening hours, he 
has gone back to Technical College to study engineering and, within the last few months, 
has passed his final examinations for Associate Membership of the Institution of Mechanical 
Engineers, a most creditable performance. 

Alas, most naturally, he now wants to go out into the commercial world before he is 
too old, and has been appointed to a senior post as Mechanical Engineer in the Experimental 
Department of a large firm in Coventry. I much regret this — as will all St. Dunstaners, 
many of whom were close friends of Peter Nye — but, nevertheless, he goes with my blessing 
and good wishes, in which I am sure all will join me. 

The work of the Department will go on under the little Workshop Committee of which 
Air Commodore Dacre is Chairman, and will mainly be done by Mr. Nye's assistant, Mr. 

The London Reunion 

The London Reunion was held on Friday, 
October 2nd, in the Windsor Banqueting 
Room at Lyons' Coventry Street Corner 
House. Lord Fraser was not able to attend 
owing to the fact that he was taking part 
in the General Election campaign. 

The Reunion was presided over by our 
President, Sir Neville Pearson, Bt., who 
was accompanied by Lady Pearson, and Sir 
Neville's sister, Mrs. T. Aitken, and her 
husband, were also present. Mrs. Aitken 
will be remembered by many of our older 
men as Mrs. Lipscombe. 

About 120 St. Dunstaners were present 
and before dinner Miss Vera Kemmish 
presented a bouquet of red roses to Lady 
Pearson on their behalf. 

After dinner Sir Neville welcomed the 
guests in a short but jovial speech, and 
Mr. Willis then talked about the work of 
Welfare during the past year. Mr. A. 
Carrick and Mr. D. Fleisig replied on behalf 
of those present, thanking St. Dunstan's 
for all it does, in very moving speeches. 

A very happy social evening followed. 

Physiotherapy Conference 

St. Dunstan's physiotherapists held their 
annual Conference at Ovingdean during 
the week-end of October 10th. The pro- 
gramme included a series of lectures and 
demonstrations. The Committee was elec- 
ted as follows: — 

W. Shea (Chairman); M. Burns, J. D. 
Calder, G. Cock, J. J. Fulling, J. Legge, 
W. G. Morris, A. C. Pointon, J. D. Purcell, 
F. J. Ripley, W. T. Scott, C. J. Stafford. 

Lord Fraser presided at the luncheon. 
He said: " St. Dunstan's physiotherapists 
are among the best in the world and set a 
splendid example of self-reliance and suc- 

The Muffled Drums Meet Again 

There is no need to refer to the weather. 
We all know what it has been like, and we 
received the same kind of warm welcome 
when we arrived at Ovingdean for our 
Autumn Reunion, where we met many old 
and new friends amongst the staff. 

Our old comrade, Joe, had been very ill 
indeed during the summer, but old soldiers 
never die and Joe proved this when, a day 
or two before the reunion was to start, 
he made his appearance in the Lounge in 
a " chariot." 

Joe was not able to accompany us when 
we spent an enjoyable day trip to the Isle 
of Wight but, as he said, he was with 
us in spirit, and we brought him our 
spirits home! 

We are indebted to Air Commodore 
G. Dacre and Group Captain Lewis, who 
arranged a deep-sea fishing expedition from 
Newhaven in a splendid little launch, on 
which, at sea, we picnicked. 

Wally Thomas got the first catch, and a 
really fine mackerel too — the largest I have 
ever seen. Not long after that, both 
Cliff Stockwell and Bell got a catch, but 
all I got was a pain in the neck ! 

Joe came with us to Pearson House 
on the Sunday, where Matron Avison 
provided a very enjoyable afternoon and 

We were pleased to meet again Mr. 
Wills, Miss Midgley and Miss Rogers for 
tea and discussions on the Monday after- 
noon before our dinner at Stroud's in the 
evening where, although he had on this 
occasion to retain his seat, Joe once more 
delivered his customary speech in which 
he thanked St. Dunstan's and our many 
friends for once more getting us together 
for a really good reunion. G.F. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — A party of twelve members of 
the St. Dunstan's Bridge Club left London 
on the 12th September for their annual 
visit to Harrogate. It was a week of 
interest, excitement and entertainment. 
Interesting from the fact that when we 
arrived in Harrogate, Flower Arrangement 
Week was on, and everywhere you looked 
you saw masses of flowers. It was a 
wonderful sight. Exciting because of the 
keen competition in all the matches we 
played, especially in the St. Dunstan's 
Cup. This was an open event for teams of 
four, in which the various clubs in and 
around Harrogate took part. I am, there- 
fore, delighted to say that this event was 
won by H. Gover's team — Messrs. Gover, 
Nuyens, Carpenter and Cook, with fourteen 
points, the other two St. Dunstan's teams 
sharing second place with ten points each — 
a most fitting climax to our 21st birthday 

Entertaining it certainly was. The people 
of Harrogate were fine. They organised 
two bridge drives especially for us, with 
refreshments to suit all tastes. We played 
three duplicate matches during the week, 
one against I.C.I, which we lost, and the 
other two against the Pannal and Oakdale 
clubs. I am glad to say v/e were successful 
in the last two matches. 

Friday night ended our week in Harrogate 
and on this occasion we invited members 
from the various clubs we have visited to 
come to our "At Home." This is a special 
bridge drive arranged as a farewell party 
with refreshments, and all the prizes are 
made by our men. The competition is 
keen as everyone wants to get something 
made by one of our boys. 

It really was a wonderful week and our 
thanks are due to Mr. Willis for his very 
fine organising; everything went off with- 
out a hitch. He is to be congratulated. 

And now, in closing, if you want to 
have a week full of enjoyment, good food 
and good company, go to Harrogate. 

G. P. Brown 

Well Done! 

At the General Election, M. Burns, of 
Westcliff-on-Sea, fought unsuccessfully as 
the Liberal candidate for the Putney Division 
of Wandsworth, but doubled the Liberal 
poll of 1950 (the seat was not contested in 


We had a very happy Chess Week-end 
this year; everything went smoothly, the 
handicap worked out well and there were 
few adjudications. We had a new contest- 
ant in Claude Lightfoot, who, although 
starting to learn chess only last winter, 
won two games out of four, a really fine 
performance by a physically handicapped 
man with such little knowledge of the 
rudiments of the game. Congratulations 
Claude, and good luck in the future. 
J. B. Campbell has been knocking at the 
door for several years and achieved his 
ambition with four clear wins. George 
Fallowfield and Paul Walker were jointly 
second with three points each. " Kirki " 
was fourth with 2\ points. When the 
latter stops giving away his Queen, he 
may become champion. 

Mr. R. W 7 . Bonham, m.a., of Worcester 
College for the Blind, came to us again, 
and his demonstrations of openings and 
answering of players' questions were very 
helpful and will bear fruit. 

Miss Carlton was at hand through all 
sessions as usual, and it is due to her efforts 
that things went so smoothly. 

Matron presented the prizes with a 
charming little speech and " the Boys " 
showed their appreciation by presenting 
Miss Carlton and Mrs. Bonham with a 
box of chocolates each. Paul Walker did 
the honours with a racy little speech. 

Our thanks are due as usual to the boys 
of Varndean Grammar School for their 

We were sorry to learn that Jock Scott 
was in hospital for an operation and trust 
that he will soon recover and be with us 
again next year in good health and in good 

We hope that new players will come along 
in the future; we can assure them a hearty 
welcome and all possible help. By the 
way, there is a book on Chess in the Braille 
Library, kindly presented by Joe Culshaw. 
Charlie Kelk. 

Brighton Walk 

On a recent holiday at Ovingdean, E. 
Grant, of Glossop, used a pacemeter and 
discovered that during the fortnight he 
walked fifty-six miles. Can anyone beat 

Incidentally, our St. Dunstaner has been 
a blood donor twenty-five times and is 
to be awarded a Silver Badge. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

I read the Chairman's Notes in the 
Review with interest, especially his remarks 
about wireless. 

I believe it is best to pick out the items 
that interest one, and not weary yourself 
with other matters; otherwise it would get 
stale. I agree with the Chairman that the 
seven and eight o'clock news and weather 
items, winding up with the headlines in 
the newspapers, is a good start for the day. 
I also like the talks on any programme 
and I follow "What Do You Know?" 
the children's " Top of the Form," and 
all the quizzes there are. I listen to the 
sport and best of all the Test Matches, 
with the ball-by-ball delivery programme. 

I do not listen to the musical programmes 
as I am troubled with a great deal of head- 
ache and I find the music jars my nerves 
if it is on too long. 

With regard to braille reading, I am 
self-taught and can read pretty quickly, but 
I am no reader aloud, but as I read I can 
see, as it were, whatever I am reading 
being enacted as if it were a play. Thus 
I get quite a kick out of any interesting 

I think the Intelligence Digest should be a 
good monthly to have, and if Mr. Wills 
will put my name down for it I should be 

Yours sincerely, 
Southwick. W. Burgin. 

Dear Editor, 

I agree with the Chairman that the five 
minutes programme at 7.35 and 8.35 a.m. 
on the Home Service, containing extracts 
from to-day's papers is most useful. It 
keeps me in touch with opinion and gives 
me a swift view of the day's newspapers. 

I also agree with the Chairman that it 
would be better still if this feature lasted 
for ten minutes. 

In view of Lord Fraser's interest in this 
matter and previous association with the 
B.B.C., I suggest that he asks them to 
make it ten minutes. 

Yours truly, 
Farnham, Surrey. W. G. T. Pemberton. 

Dear Editor, 

I was interested to read in the recent 
issue of the Review the letter from Mr. 
Bargery. I have been a licensed radio 
amateur for just over a year and find that 
as a hobby, this essentially blind method 
of communication has much to commend 
it as a hobby. 

Not the least of its recommendations 
is the friendly and helpful attitude of mind 
of the fraternity as a whole, especially 
to both technical and practical problems. 

Should any reader be interested in cost, 
the licence, once qualified, costs £2 per 
annum, and one can get on the air for as 
little as £10, or pay as much as £750 for 
one receiver. 

1 find that as a hobby one can fill in the 
odd ten minutes, or if time allows, play with 
it all day and night. There will always 
be someone on one or other of the amateur 
wave bands happy to have a natter either 
on 'phone or with the morse key. 

Should one's wife become sufficiently 
interested, she too, can take the exams, 
and become licensed, and needless to say, 
very popular on the air. 

In conclusion I can assure anyone who 
takes up this hobbv of an absorbingly 
interesting pastime which will also very 
much increase his circle of friends. 

Yours sincerely, 
Bexhill-on-Sea. A. C. Pointon. 

Yet Another " Ham " 

Congratulations to John Martin, of 
London, W.ll, who has just passed his 
examinations and tests for an Amateur 
Radio licence. 

He hopes to be on the air in the near 
future, but in the meantime he would like 
to get in touch with any other enthusiastic 
" hams " by post. His address is 53 
Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill Gate, Lon- 
don, W. 11. 

Free " Health Service " for 
Guide Dogs 

What amounts virtually to a free " health 
service " for guide dogs has been made 
possible by two offers put forward to the 
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. 
The first offer — from the British Veterinary 
Association — was for free examination every 
six months by any of its members of all 
registered guide dogs. The second offer — 
from the firm of Boots, the chemists — is 
for medicines and goods that are the 
subject of a veterinary surgeon's prescrip- 
tion for the treatment of a registered guide 
dog to be supplied free in any of the 
company's 1,300 branches. 

Administrative details for the chemists' 
scheme are being worked out and guide 
dog owners all over the country are being 


From All Quarters 

At the last meeting of the National 
Association of Parish Councils of England 
and Wales, H. W. Greatrex, of Peacehaven, 
was appointed to the National Council's 
Local Government Committee. 

• • • 

W. Griffiths, of Blackburn, sang in the 
Baritone Class at the Southport Musical 
Festival and came fourth with 82 marks — 
three marks lower than the winner. 

• • • 

N. Russell, of Leicester, is a member of 
the House Committee of the Braunstone 
Avenue Community Centre, which has a 
large range of cultural and other activities. 

• • • 

A film featuring Sir Laurence Olivier 
and Miss Thora Hird is being made at 
Morecambe and the other day, Peter, the 
collie dog belonging to W. C. Carlton, 
was filmed as he was being exercised by 
Mrs. Carlton on the Promenade. He was 
paid one shilling for his services! 

• • • 

Tommy McKay, of Brighton, winner of 
a bronze plaque at the 7th International 
Handicrafts Exhibition, was described last 
month as handless. This was, of course, 
an error. Tommy suffers from a double 
disability, but in fact he has an injured 
leg and hand. 

• • • 

J. R. Burton, of Portchester, and his wife 
still get great pleasure from their Peter 
Pan Club activities. It is a club for the 
" over sixties." They visit various organisa- 
tions and give concerts and last month 
were at Arundel and Locksheath among 
other places. 

• • • 

A. E. Kett, of Norwich, has become a 
great-uncle. His niece, who keeps house 
for him, gave birth to a son, Colin Neil, 
on September 1st. 

Pigeon Fancier 

S. Allott, of Hornsea, near Hull, is a 
great pigeon fancier. He has about two 
hundred birds and in the past few months 
has won a silver cup for young birds 
flying from Welwyn Garden City (146 
miles), a second prize for birds flying from 
Huntingdon (110 miles), a third for birds 
homing from Lewes (210 miles) and an 
additional fourth prize for birds from 
Welwyn Garden City. 

Canadian Letter 

Major Edward A. Dunlop, o.b.e., g.m., of 
Toronto, who will be well remembered by 
many who were at Church Stretton, is 
Executive Director of the Canadian Arth- 
ritis and Rheumatism Society, and in a 
letter to Lord Fraser he writes: 

"A very active and interesting autumn 
and winter lie ahead. The operations of 
the Society are expanding rapidly. 

" Next year marks the 100th Anniversary 
of my Regiment, The Queen's Own Rifles 
of Canada, and I am Deputy General 
Chairman of the responsible Committee. 
One hundred years would be a tender age 
for a British regiment, but we are the first 
Canadian regiment to have a centenary. 
The regiment's present establishment com- 
prises three battalions and a depot, the first 
battalion being with our NATO forces 
in Germany, the second in Calgary and the 
third in Toronto. As you can imagine, 
there is much to be planned, co-ordinated 
and financed." 

St. Dunstan's Physiotherapists at 
Paris Conference 

Eleven St. Dunstaners, with Mr. Priestley, 
attended the Third International Physical 
Therapy Conference in Paris between 
September 6th — 12th. Three, with three 
members of the R.N.I.B., gave a very 
impressive two hours' demonstration of 
the latest methods of physical therapy, 
including ultra-violet light, short wave 
diathermy, and electrical treatment and 
exercise therapy, as part of the official 
programme of the Conference. Over one 
hundred people attended the demonstra- 
tions from thirty-five countries represented 
at the Conference. 

The following St. Dunstaners attended: 
Messrs. G. A. Brown, of Cricklewood; 
J. D. Calder, of Coventry; H. Davis, of 
Stratford-on-Avon; J. Delaney, of Taunton; 
J. Humphrey, of Belfast; A. Puttnam, of 
Beverley ; E. Rowe, of Minehead;W. T. Scott, 
of Streatham; W. Shea, of Huntingdon; 
C. J. Stafford, of King's Langley; and 
R. Theobald, of Ipswich. 


J. Shread, of King's Lynn; H. Words- 
worth, of Gainsborough; H. E. Hill, of 
Devizes (another grandson); R. Chandler, 
of Richmond, Yorkshire (the 17th grand- 
child); and W. E. Bunn, of Prittlewell, 
and A. Dembenski, of Cheltenham, who 
are grandfathers for the eighth time. 


Talking Book Library 
Releases in the Rain 

Two travel, two autobiography, one 
biography and one adventure are the 
general headings of this month's selection 
of books. Further details: — 

" The Three Hostages," by John Buchan, 
reader Robert Gladwell, portrays the in- 
vincible Richard Hannay beset by a tre- 
mendous power of hypnosis in the person 
of a suave international crook. After 
many thrilling incidents Hannay, plus the 
forces of law and order, frustrate the hyp- 
notic spell, and there is a savoury served 
up at the end to satisfy any with ideas of 
poetic justice. Cat. No. 544. 

"A Rose for Winter," by Laurie Lee, 
reader Robin Holmes, conceals in its title 
the fogless attractions of south Spain for 
one's off-season holiday consideration. Ex- 
cellent, informative, and providing a temp- 
tation to which the wealthy and wise 
should succumb. Go to bed early and 
winter in Spain! Cat. No. 46. 

" Rhodes," by Sarah G. Millin, reader 
Duncan Carse, is a reasonably objective 
biography of the greatest practical peace 
seeker of this era, whose main idea through- 
out his life was that every acre added to 
the British Empire was another step 
towards making war in the world quite 
impossible. He himself appreciated that 
his methods of achieving his ends would 
hardly bear scrutiny, nevertheless he pur- 
sued his anguished course until an early 
death wrote finis to his massive project. 
Cat. No. 65. 

"A Pattern of Islands," by Arthur 
Grimble, reader Robin Holmes, is an auto- 
biography casting more light on the Gilbert 
and Ellice group of islands than on the 
author. From the humblest civil servant 
in the group to the top of the ladder must 
of necessity cover quite a span of years. 
The author got to know and be accepted 
by the people of his administration. In- 
teresting, fascinating, and exciting anecdote, 
plus many others in touching or humorous 
vein strew his pages. Cat. No. 515. 

"A Traveller in Rome," by H. V. Morton, 
reader Duncan Carse, is a meaty and in- 
formative guide to the Eternal City, which 
anyone taking a quick flip to Rome should 
avoid to prevent the great disappoint- 
ment at having too little time to sample 

most of the seductive treasures laid out 
most interestingly in this volume. Cat. 
No. 563. 

" Seven Years in Tibet," by Heinrich 
Harrer, reader Eric Gillett, begins at the 
outbreak of war in an internment camp 
in India from which the author escapes 
and manages to reach Lhasa, where he works 
for, and is accepted by, Tibetans. Cat. 
No. 69. 

Also released: — 

" My Memories of Six Reigns," by 
H.R.H. Princess Marie Louise, reader 
Alvar Lidell. Cat. No. 540. 


Our Gardeners Do Well 

At Norfolk Blind Gardeners' Horti- 
cultural Show, H. F. Goodley, of Diss, took 
seven prizes — a first and six seconds — for 
his vegetables and flowers. Incidentally, 
our St. Dunstaner was a guest of Wilfred 
and Mabel Pickles when they were recording 
the Diss " Have a Go " programme, when 
he received ten shillings as a tribute for 
being the oldest soldier in the Norfolk 

• • • 

A. Watford, of Cudham, Sevenoaks, 
gained two first prizes in the local Flower 
Show for his beetroot and runner beans. 

• * • 

In recent Garden Shows, S. Purvis, of 
Seghill, won a second prize and a number 
of other prizes. 

• • • 

Harry Perkins, of Edgware, won the 
Cup again this year for garden produce, 
having out of ten entries, five firsts, a 
second and a third prize. Mrs. Perkins 
also won a cup on the domestic side. 

• • • 

In his first year on his garden at Thorpe, 
Egham, Reg. Page was persuaded by a 
neighbour to enter some of his blooms in 
the Chertsey and District Horticultural 
Society's Show. He did so, with the 
following result: First prize in the Open 
Class for Dahlias; First prize, Members' 
Class, Dahlias; Second prize, Chrysanthe- 
mums ; and two Certificates of Merit (Open 
Class and Members' Class) for the Best 
Blooms in the Show. 

Braille Test 

Senior Braille Test. In August last, T. D. 
Donnelly, of Aldridge, Staffs. 


"We Will Remember Them" 

It was very hot in Paris during the week 
of the International Congress of Physio- 
therapy. After the process of registration, 
our St. Dunstan's party drew to one side 
in the entrance hall of the wonderful new 
UNESCO building. Our rendezvous was 
at 5 o'clock. We were an exhausted 
party, most of us having flown over that 
day. We all had had our baptism of 
noise of the no-speed-limit traffic on the 
cobblestones of Paris. Mr. Priestley, our 
representative, had had a very tiring day 
getting through the Customs and dealing 
with the intricacies of French organisation. 
His car was chock-a-block with equipment 
for our demonstration at the Congress. 
He had also brought with him a large 
cardboard box containing a poppy wreath 
and it was our intention to place it on 
the tomb at L'Arc de Triomphe. We 
thought that such an opportunity might 
not occur again for such a party of St. 
Dunstaners to perform this act of homage. 

After consultation among ourselves, it 
was decided that Archie Brown, his wife 
and myself should represent the party. 
It would have been extremely difficult for 
us all to have gone, bearing in mind the 
state of the traffic. A little apprehensive, 
we relieved Mr. Priestley of the big card- 
board box and the three of us risked our 
lives in getting a taxi. With my little bit 
of French, I asked the driver to put us 
down by a gendarme at the Arc de 
Triomphe. This he did and we hurriedly 
cut the wreath free from the box and put 
the box behind the enclosure. By this 
time a large crowd had gathered. We 
did not realise at the time that the Re- 
kindling Ceremony took place at 6 o'clock. 
I showed the gendarme our programme of 
the Congress and explained to him who 
we were. He hastily found the person 
in charge. It was then five minutes to 
six. We were led right up under the Arch 
and he placed us just behind a contingent 
that was already drawn up with its massive 
token of flowers, with the instruction 
to us ... " ne bougez pas." We had 
arrived at the Tomb of France's Unknown 
Warrior at the very moment of the 
Rekindling of the Flame. Before we left 
the UNESCO building, we had written 
on the card accompanying the wreath, 
" St. Dunstan's — We Will Remember 
Them. 1914-18. 1939-1945." 

The drummer gave a resounding roll, 
the trumpeter blew his call. There was a 
pause. The leader of the bemedalled men 
in front of us placed their tribute and led 
his men away. Mrs. Brown, Archie and I 
went forward. It was an awe-inspiring 
moment for us. Our poppy wreath was 
placed on the shrine. We paused for a 
moment and were led away to the Book 
of Remembrance. We felt greatly honoured 
when asked to sign our names. It flashed 
through mv mind that it was not by accident 
that two of the College chums of 1918 
should have been drawn together in this 
manner at such a time. 

How we got awav from the Arch is 
another story. Suffice it to say that on the 
following day Mr. Priestley told us how 
he had gone along and found that the 
wreath had been given a place of honour 
at the head of the Tomb, and that the other 
tributes had been beautifully arranged about 
it. One could not help thinking that only 
a week before, the Presidents of France 
and of the United States of America had 
performed a similar Act of Homage. 

W. T. Scott. 

Mrs. Howard 

Mrs. Howard, a member of the Stores 
Department, retired at her own request 
in August after thirty years' service with 
St. Dunstan's. As Miss Garrod, Mrs. 
Howard will be remembered by many of 
our older St. Dunstaners to whom she 
taught netting, and they will join with her 
friends on the staff in wishing her happiness 
in the future. 

Summer Lament 

Oh, how I miss at summer's 
The merry songs that used to fill 
The days of Spring for our delight 
But now the feathered choir is still. 

The garden's charm is sadly shorn 
When winged songsters cease their lays, 
The wood seems silent and forlorn 
Throughout the sun-baked summer days. 

Save that the faithful wren remains, 
By cheerful solo to repay 
For lack of those concerted strains 
That used to mark the lengthening day. 

And yet I know e're autumn's sped 
The thrush's call I'll hear again, 
The robin, too, with vestment red, 
Like bo' sun pipe his shrill refrain. 

S. A. Chambers. 


"|tt iiUmnnT 

Gunner George Henry Matthews, Royal Garrison Artillery 

We have to record with deep regret the death of G. H. Matthews, of Haydock, St. Helens, at the age 
of 65. 

He served with his regiment from November, 1915, until November, 1916, and he came to St. 
Dunstan's in August of the following year. He trained in boot repairing and mat-making and had a very 
successful boot-repairing and clog-making business until 1946. He also helped his wife with a drapery 
business. He had enjoyed quite good health until September of this year. He died on October 5th. 

We send an expression of our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Matthews and her daughter, and to his other 

Writer Frederick William Wilkins, Royal Navy 

It is with deep regret that we record the death, on September 7th, of F. W. Wilkins, of Southsea. 
He was within a month of his 72nd birthday. 

He had served in the Royal Navy since he was fifteen years old — he enlisted in 1902 — until his 
discharge in June, 1918. He did not, however, come to St. Dunstan's until September, 1950. He had 
lived alone until then but two years later his health deteriorated and he came very frequently to Ovingdean. 
He was taken ill whilst at Brighton in January, 1959, and was admitted to hospital for a serious operation. 
On leaving hospital he entered Pearson House where he remained until his death. 

He leaves no family, but our deep sympathy goes out to his lifelong friend, Miss Stoneham, who 
cared for him for so many years. 

Private James Robert Brown, 1st Lancashire Fusiliers 

With deep regret we have to announce the death of J. R. Brown, of Nuneaton. He died suddenly 
on October 9th at the age of 72. 

He served with his regiment from December, 1914, until July, 1915, being wounded in May of that 
year at the Dardenelles. He entered St. Dunstan's in July, 1915, and trained in basket-making. He carried 
on his craft until only two years ago when age and ill-health forced him to give up. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Brown and her family. 

Family News 
We have heard with regret that Mrs. 
Parker, widow of T. Parker, of Kilkenny, 
died in September. 

• • * 

John Humphrey Richardson, Skegness, 
son of our St. Dunstaner who died in 1953, 
was on Sunday, September 20th, ordained 
Deacon by the Lord Bishop of Lewes in 
Ardingly College Chapel and will serve 
in the Parish of St. Barnabas, Bexhill-on- 

• • • 

Mildred Horner, Holmfirth, has passed 
the Royal Society of Arts Intermediate 
examinations in Typing and Secretarial 

• * • 

Fifteen year old Philip Josey, Windsor, 
has attained his College of Preceptors' cer- 
tificate, having passed in all seven subjects. 
He hopes to become a draughtsman. 
Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On August 22nd, at Carmarthen, Arthur 
Popple to Vivienne Lodge. 

On September 19th, Alban Joseph 
Westby, Manchester, to Patricia Ellen 
Stamp, at Chard, Somerset. 

On September 19th, Geoffrey James 
Middleton, Willerby, near Hull, to Margaret 
Elizabeth Swaine. 

On September 26th, Maureen Patricia 
Eighteen, Reading, to Terence Heath. 


Freeman. — On September 22nd, to the 
wife of D. J. Freeman, of Wyken, 
Coventrv, a son — Stephen John. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
Bargery. — To P. C. Bargery, of Graysj 

whose father died in June. 
Page. — To Lewis Reginald Page, of Thorpe, 

Egham, who lost his father in June. 

Golden Wedding 

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. and 
Mrs. F. W. Brooker, of Worthing, who 
celebrated their Golden Wedding anniver- 
sary on July 31st. 

Ruby Weddings 

Celebrating Ruby Weddings are Mr. and 
Mrs W. Robinson, of Grantham, August 
8th; Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Thompson, of 
Hertford, September 20th; and Mr. and 
Mrs. A. Taylor, of Stanwav, near Colchester, 
September 22nd. 

Congratulations to them all. 

Silver Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carney, of Dunstable, 
October 3rd; Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott, of 
Belfast, October 17th. Congratulations. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 474— Volume XLITI 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


EVERY month we read in the Review of St. Dunstaners who have become " hams " — 
in other words, amateur radio transmitters. It is a hobby which is manifestly suitable 
for a blind person and as A. C. Pointon, of Bexhill-on-Sea, wrote last month, speaking 
from personal experience, " it assures anyone who takes it up of an absorbingly interesting 
pastime which will also very much increase his circle of friends." 

This month there is another interesting item of news regarding two St. Dunstan's 
" hams." Bill Harris, of Ipswich, and A. V. Law, of Persax Stockton, Worcester. Bill, 
in fact, is secretary of the Radio Amateur Invalid and Bedfast Club. Recently, Bill's wife 
collapsed and had to be taken to hospital and because it was not possible for anyone else to 
look after him, it was decided that he, too, should be taken to hospital to be cared for for 
the time being. Before he left the house he sent out the news over the air. His message 
was picked up by Mr. Law who immediately notified Mr. Wills at Headquarters. So one 
St. Dunstaner was able to help another in an emergency. 

We think St. Dunstaners may be interested in the following paragraphs which the 
Chairman wrote some twenty years ago and which must surely prove him to have been one 
of the first blind " hams " and certainly, one would think, the first St. Dunstaner to transmit 
messages over the air. The extracts are taken from Lord Fraser's book, Whereas I Was Blind. 

" My interest in broadcasting really arose out of an early technical interest. As a bov 
of sixteen at school I had set up a simple crystal receiver, as far back as 1912 and 1913, and 
used to receive news bulletins in morse from the Eiffel Tower. We used to get a tube of 
cardboard from the linoleum salesman and wind around it many hundreds of feet of enamel- 
covered copper wire. In the carpentry shop at school we did the necessary wood and brass 
work and thus made the crudest kind of tuner. From the " Stinks" Laboratory at school 
we scrounged a piece of copper pyrites, or of some other crystal and bought a pair of ear- 
phones, or, if we were rather hard up, a single earphone. But crude as this apparatus was, 
we were able to receive wireless signals from the Eiffel Tower and from other stations, and 
we thought we were great scientists. 

" During the 1914-18 war, although I specialised in signals and became a Signals Officer, 
I never got as far as wireless because I had to go back to my regiment and over to France 
for the Somme battle. Soon after the war, however, I revived my interest and took up 
wireless asain as a hobbv. 


" At this time I became very keen on constructional work and had a workshop of my 
own. Often in the evenings I would go to my workshop and spend some hours at my 
carpentry or listening to morse on the wireless, and shortly we approached one of the most 
exciting phases of this art. Suddenly we heard speech coming out of the air, or the ether, 
instead of mere morse signals. This was a thrill, and the number of amateurs like myself 
who began to listen to these signals multiplied enormously. The pre-war scientific society 
of wireless experimenters developed rapidly and its membership grew all over the country 
until the Radio Society of Great Britain, as it was called, had some thousands of members. 
And instead of merely listening we took to transmitting ourselves. I became a very keen 
amateur transmitter and used to sit up at all hours of the morning sending and exchanging 
messages with other amateurs in France and Italy and Alsace-Lorraine, and even the United 
States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada; I still have in my possession cards 
and reports as to the many messages we transmitted overseas. The astonishing thing was 
the extremely small power which we were allowed to use and did use. I can remember 
transmitting across the Atlantic on a little transmitting set which used no more electrical 
power than would be consumed by an extremely small electric radiator. 

" Then I entered the House of Commons and my evenings were fully occupied, and I 
had to give up my workshop and my wireless transmitter, much to my regret." 

Bookings for Holidays at Oving- 

dean, Northgate House and Port 


I would like to remind St. Dunstaners 
that all applications for summer holidays 
at St. Dunstan's Homes should reach the 
Area Superintendents by Saturday, January 
16th, 1960. 

As usual, priority will be given at 
Ovingdean to St. Dunstaners whose holi- 
days are fixed by their employers, and their 
children will receive priority at Northgate 
House according to the length of the period 
which has elapsed since a holiday was last 
taken there. Remaining places will be 
allotted by ballot and all successful appli- 
cants notified before the end of January, 
1960, so that those who wish may complete 
their holiday plans early in the year. 

The Homes will be closed for cleaning 
and staff vacations as follows : — 

Northgate House: June 26th to 18th 
July inclusive. 

Port Hall: August 20th to 16th September 

Special Fortnights 

St. Dunstaners who wish to spend a 
holiday at Ovingdean at the same time as 
other trainees of their year may do so during 
the following periods: 

J-April 29th to May 13th. 

1945 /J une 17th to J ul y lst - 


1919— 1920\ T , „., . T , on , 

i946_i947 /J ul y 8th to J ul y 22nd - 

1921— 1 922 \ September 12th to September 
1948— 1952 J 26th. 

C. D. Wills, 

Welfare Superintendent. 

British Legion Appointment 

Congratulations to Fred Jackson, of New 
Maiden, who has been elected President 
of the Maiden and Coombe Branch of 
the British Legion. Replying to a tribute 
paid to him at the meeting at which he 
was elected, he said that he had thought 
very carefully before accepting nomination 
for the office but, as Sir Ian (now Lord 
Fraser) had held the office of President 
of the British Legion itself, he felt that he 
could do no less than let his name go 

Brighton Club Notes 

Brightonians. Come along and support 
YOUR Club on Thursday, December 10th, 
at 7 p.m. There will be the Annual General 
Meeting and the taking of names for the 
Sir Arthur Pearson 1960 Tournament 
Games, followed by a grand Domino 
Tournament with substantial prizes. 

Frank A. Rhodes, 



From All Quarters 

T. Milner, of Liverpool, who has just 
completed forty years as a shorthand typist 
with the Royal National Institute for the 
Blind organisation there, has been presented 
with a handsome piece of silver plate to 
mark the occasion. 

At local shows, F. Madgwick, of Rudg- 
wick, and his wife, have won many prizes 
for flowers and vegetables, knitted articles, 
cakes and chutney, including four firsts, 
while Michael, their son, won a first for 
miniature gardens, and a first and two 
seconds for handicrafts. 

Another husband and wife entry — Mr. 
and Mrs. E. J. West, of Egham — gained 
seven awards out of nine entries at the Hythe 
and Egham Flower Show, while at the Staines 
" Lino " Horticultural Society's Show on 
September 26th, for which there is very 
keen competition, our St. Dunstaner took 
four second prizes and two third prizes 
for chrysanthemum and Michaelmas daisies. 

From gardening to acting. W. Mac- 
pherson, of Chiswick, W.4, has won a 
third prize — a silver cup — in a West London 
Dramatic Society competition. 

Twenty Reunions 

Nearly one thousand St. Dunstaners have 
attended twenty Reunions held all over the 
British Isles this year. This fact was 
revealed at the Brighton Reunion, the last 
of this year's series, on October 19th. 

" Reunions are not only social affairs but 
an important method of contact between 
St. Dunstaners and Headquarters officials 
concerned with their welfare," said Lord 
Fraser at the gathering. " I urge all St. 
Dunstaners to go to the Reunions; even 
if you may sometimes think, ' I don't want 
to meet all those so-and-so's,' remember 
that the so-and-so's may want to meet 
you," he continued amid laughter. 

Lord Fraser paid a special tribute to 
Mr. Wills and the Welfare Visitors for their 
work in connection with the Reunions, and 

The Chairman said that he and Lady 
Fraser, who accompanied him, were going 
to Australia on business for a fortnight, 
flying both ways, during November, where 
he hoped to meet the majority of Australian 
St. Dunstaners in Melbourne. He would 
take them a warm message of goodwill 
from the Brighton Reunion and, indeed, 
from all St. Dunstaners in the Old Country. 

The Missing Stairs 

When I go to work each morning, 
I board the train at Kensal Green. 
The stairs down to the platform 
Number one above nineteen. 

When Lloyds of London invited a number 
of St. Dunstaners to a party last month, 
they also asked Roy Mendham, of Chadwell 
Heath, to take part in the cabaret which 
is always given at this party by professionals, 
and as such, they would be prepared to 
pay him a fee. Roy replied, " I will appear 
in the cabaret with Linda (his guide dog), 
but I would like the fee to go to the Guide 
Dogs for the Blind Association." Another 
St. Dunstaner who was there tells us this 
and adds that Roy and Linda gave a first 
class performance, Roy with his patter and 
jokes, then Linda performing tricks with 
Roy's assistance, and these, in fact, brought 
the house down. The M.C. then told the 
audience of Roy's gesture and invited a 
collection. This, added to Roy's fee, 
resulted in a sum of £25 being sent to the 
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. 

When I arrive at 'Piccadilly, 
Although the stairs I've never seen, 
I must descend down twenty-one 
Then down again, nineteen. 

From Green Park I return each night, 
And though the country isn't hilly 
This time I must go UP the stairs 
When I get to Piccadilly. 

To reach the other platform 
I must first ascend nineteen, 
Then up again, not twenty-one, 
This time it's seventeen. 

Now Vm not very good at sums 
And this Yd like to know, 
I wish someone would tell me 
Where did those four stairs go ? 

F. Sunderland. 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

Reading the Chairman's note in the last 
issue regarding the fact that Mr. Peter 
Nye is leaving St. Dunstan's to take up other 
employment, prompts me to add my grate- 
ful thanks for the work that he has done, 
not only for me personally, but for all St. 
Dunstaners, to some degree or other. 
Many of us, if not all, have a great deal to 
thank him for; nothing was ever too much 
trouble for him to help, suggest and advise 
on gadgets and devices to help us, and in 
particular, those with other disabilities. 
All this has, of course, been covered by 
the Chairman in his remarks, but the one 
outstanding fact is that if any St. Dunstaner 
had an idea or suggestion for a gadget, 
or an improvement on an existing gadget, 
Peter would say, " Right, we will try that," 
never " No, it cannot be done." He 
would then go away and put his expert 
knowledge to work and invariably he would 
turn out something that was practicable, 
even if it was not what the St. Dunstaner 
had in mind, it was more often than not 
an improvement of that idea. I know this 
from personal experience. 

May I suggest that a presentation fund 
be started for Peter Nye and I enclose 
my own gift towards it. 

Yours sincerely, 
Farnborougk, Hants. George B. Reed. 

(We shall be very pleased to open such a 
presentation fund for Mr. Nye. Donations 
should be sent to Mr. Lloyds, who has 
kindly consented to act as Hon. Treasurer.) 

Told Against Ourselves 

During August here, we revel in comfort 
with plenty of vacant seats, the school child- 
ren being on holiday. Mid-September, the 
schools re-open and the 'buses pass by packed 
with children of all ages. The other day, 
after two or three 'buses had gone by, one 
came along and stopped. " One only," 
shouted the conductor, and I was that lucky 
one. As the 'bus moved off, a dear old 
lady said to my wife, " Your husband 
managed to get on a 'bus then ... I think 
it's a wicked shame to keep him waiting." 
Then to my wife very sincerely, " Instead 
of keeping your husband waiting, do you 
think it's too far to push him along in a 
bath chair? " 
Watford. Peter Piper. 

" Thermega " Electric Blankets 

Through the kindness of the Ex-Services 
Welfare Society, we are able to advise 
St.Dunstaners of an offer whereby purchase 
may be made of " Thermega " electric 
blankets at one third off the normal cost 

This Society pioneered electric blankets 
some thirty years ago and produced the 
well-known " Thermega " blanket. Such 
blankets carry the British Good House- 
keeping Guarantee. 

Many St. Dunstaners will know Mr. 
Frank Pawson, himself a St. Dunstaner, 
who works in the administration of the 
Welfare Society. It is through him we 
learn of this offer, and he will be only too 
pleased to help and advise anyone who 
wishes for fuller information. As a guide 
the following details are quoted: 

Cost to 
No. Description St. Dunstaner 

£ s. d. 

"County" 6030 60in.by30in. 3 2 9 

"County" 6048 60in. by48in. 5 1 8 

"5430/TC" 54in.by30in. 3 18 

Electric pads are also obtainable, prices 
on request. 

When ordering it is important to state 
whether the voltage required is 200/220 
or 230/250. 

With each blanket is issued full directions 
as to how best to be used and the pre- 
cautions to be taken, and so obviously 
these should be read and understood before 

If you are interested in this article for 
your own use or for a present within the 
family, please contact Mr. Frank Pawson, 
Ex-Services Welfare Society, 37-39 Thurloe 
Street, London, S.W.7. Telephone 
KNIghtsbridge 8688, Extension 3. 

On Wednesday, October 21st, Lord and 
Lady Fraser gave luncheon at their home 
in Regent's Park to Mr. and Mrs. Nye, on 
the occasion of Mr. Nye's departure from St. 
Dunstan's to take up a new post. Those 
present were Air Commodore G. B. Dacre, 
Chairman of the Workshop Committee, 
Mr. A. D. Lloyds, Secretary of St. Dun- 
stan's, and Mr. and Mrs. T. Gaygan, 
representing St. Dunstaners and especially 
those who are doubly handicapped. 


Talking Book Library 


Well, well, well, these summers do have 
to be paid for! The following books may 
help during the period of payment when 
all of us are confined to home. 

" Sahara Adventure," by J. M. Sheppard, 
reader Alvar Lidell, is a travel story with a 
difference. The book opens in South 
America, whence the author and his family 
set out for the Sahara with the object of 
finding a course suitable for the racing of 
sand yachts. The family earns its living 
en route by means of despatches and 
photographs to various publications, all 
arranged at the start of the trip. Two 
parents, three children and another driver, 
set out with two cars and a semi-dismantled 
sand yacht from Morocco to sweep out 
through the Sahara to French Equatorial 
Africa. A foolhardy trip if you like, but 
since this little cortege does what it sets 
out to do that aspect must be passed over, 
and the route and incidental anecdotes can 
be enjoyed with an interest quite free of 
the fear of momentary calamity which 
must have diluted the enjoyment of the 
people actually travelling. Cat. No. 87. 

" The Lost Pharaohs," by L. Cottrell, 
reader Duncan Carse, is another small 
volume on the vast subject of the tombs 
of the ancient rulers of Egypt. As always, 
this is an interesting " dig " but, as always, 
it is only an aperitif with all other courses 
snatched away by tomb robbers, who not 
only have stolen most of the valuable 
evidence, but also seem to have left behind 
them huge question marks against any- 
thing and everything they have disdained 
to take. When all the Pharaohs are found 
it looks as if the only book possible on 
them will inevitably have to be entitled 
" The Higgledy-piggledy Pharaohs." A 
fascinating book as far as it goes. Cat. No. 

" The Visiting Moon," by Celia Furse, 
reader John de Manio, is a yarn set in a 
large house in Suffolk during the Christ- 
mas holidays. Told by a little girl whose 
parents are away whilst she spends Christ- 
mas with her grandparents in a house full 
of uncles, aunts, and cousins, the story 
draws around it that magic that is Christmas 
through the eyes and heart of a little girl. 
Pleasant diverting little piece in this age 
of relentless science. Cat. No. 98. 

" Genesis and Ecclesiastes, " reader 
Andrew Timothy, make a fine refresher 
course for heathens like myself. Cat. No. 

" Till I end my Song," by Robert 
Gibbings, reader Eric Gillett, is more or 
less a communing aloud with Nature by 
a dweller on the banks of the Thames. 
To me the author seems an artist cum- 
naturalist and humanist, who enjoys the 
vulgar bustle of the world on the fringes of 
his own world as much as his own world 
itself. Peaceful, unexceptional reading 
about everything and nothing. Cat. No. 
527. Nelson. 

Darts— Where Did They Start? 

At Midhurst, West Sussex, you will find 
the Angel Hotel which is old and historical, 
for besides other things happening there, 
it is said that the Pilgrim Fathers stayed there 
before their historic voyage to America. 
I have another little story to tell you about 
the Angel at Midhurst, for it was into that 
tavern that a number of archers were driven 
by the rain and one, seeing a barrel on two 
trestles, took an arrow and threw it into 
the end of that barrel and, I suppose, was 
applauded and had another go. A bull's 
eye was chalked on the end of the barrel 
which made the contest keener, and the 
archers gathered there at a later date to 
throw arrows into the end of the barrel, but 
the landlord, seeing damage sooner or later 
to the barrel, went in search of a woodman 
and obtained a slice from the end of a 
felled tree and hung that on the wall for 
the archers. One day, after glancing at the 
ancient grandfather clock, he chalked figures 
round the target board to make competition 
even more keen, and so the dartboard got 
its numbers; meanwhile, the arrow became 
shorter and shorter, it's shape gradually 
changing until now it only retains the three 
feathers the old arrow had. 

Darts have been played by people in all 
walks of life and by all kinds of disabled 
people, thrown from an invalid chair, by 
the deaf and blind, but I think the most 
remarkable feat is that performed by our 
handless comrade, Dicky Brett. 

George Fallowfield. 

Braille Tests 

Senior Repeat Test ; S. Webster, Forest Hill. 
Advanced and Senior Braille Reading Tests ; 
W. Thornton, Northfield, Birmingham; 
R. E. Naman, of Braintree. 


Unique Club for Blind 

From the Magazine of Seaford Church and 
Town, October, 1959. 

" On the third Saturday of November, 
1949, the Seaford Blind Club came into 
being. Mr. Don Littlejohn, a St. Dunstan's 
man from World War I, had the happy idea, 
and with the late Mr. Frank Williams, 
discussed and planned how the Club could 
be formed. We believe that the Club is 
unique in its kind, as it is run completely 
independent of the local Association for 
the Blind. 

" It was realised from the start that help 
from some sighted friends would be 
essential, and local members of Toe H were 
asked; and the wives of some of these 
members offered their assistance as well. 
For some weeks before the first meeting 
was to be held, Mr. and Mrs. Littlejohn 
tried to contact as many blind and partially 
sighted people in the area as they could, 
and invited them to come to the first 
meeting. Mrs. Littlejohn would speak to 
people she saw carrying white sticks and 
tell them about the proposed Club, and 
local doctors and ministers promised to 
mention it to anyone they knew who would 
be either interested or eligible to join. 
The minister of the Congregational Church 
was willing to let the small hall attached 
to the Church at a very low rental and as 
there is a small kitchen at the back, this 
was very useful. At that first meeting there 
were nine members. Mr. Littlejohn was 
elected Chairman and Mr. Williams Vice- 

" The aim and idea of the Club was not 
only to be a social one, but so that people 
of a like disability could meet in a happy 
atmosphere and help each other by dis- 
cussing their difficulties and problems, and 
also to cheer those who were newly blinded 
or gradually losing their sight. 

" Gradually the Club grew, with members 
joining not only from Seaford, but districts 

" So the seeds of the Club were sown, 
and over these ten years it has grown and 
developed. Our Club numbers now nearly 
forty members. Three years ago we selected 
Don Littlejohn as our Life President. 

" We have recently extended our activi- 
ties and last year started a Bowls Club in 
the summer months. During the winter 

months we now have hand-bell ringing. 
We are, I think, justly proud of both the 
happy, friendly atmosphere which exists in 
the Club, and also of the help it has been' 
and still is, to all its members." 


J. F. Leeman, of Louth. 


E. Hardbottle, of Barnsley; J. Wilkie, 
of Burton-on-Trent; P. Sheridan, of Wis- 
haw; A. Rowe, of Burslem. 

Ruby Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. T. Wood, of Congleton, 
October 20th; Mr. and Mrs. L. McKinlay, 
of Hounslow, October 28th. Congratu- 

Silver Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Sherwood, of Trimley 
St. Mary, near Ipswich, October 20th. 
They had a small party which their brides- 
maids attended, one of them making a 
wedding cake for the occasion. Our 
congratulations to them. 

Morning Soliloquy 

" To shave, or not to shave, that is the 
question, whether 'tis nobler to flaunt 
convention's gaze, and wear the fungus 
Nature gave. 

Or, standing o'er yon earthen bowl, pray 
for water on the boil, in which to soak the 
scrubby pile, ere soap apply in routine style. 

Then, with favoured blade and profane 
toil, remove the slough from its human 
soil to level smooth the manly jowl, alas, 
but for a little while. 

Doth not each day see man awake with 
face redraped in ape-like state, in need again 
of wee hand-scythe to trim once more the 
littered site. 

Thus fashion wields the social whip o'er 
all poor mortals in its grip, who follow 
blind, like social sheep the trend that 
fashion cares to bleat: 

Oh to sleep and wake no more with the 
thought of that awful bore, which leaves 
the face and temper sore, and towel stained 
with ruddy gore. 

Hie to sleep, perchance to dream, of 
never a change in facial scheme, nor yet 
a thought of toilet cream, but only soap 
to wash one clean — 

'Tis a state to be devoutly sought." 

T. Rogers. 


Family News 

Their friends will hear with deep regret 
that Mrs. G. W. Cooke, of Coppenhall, 
Crewe, has lost her father very suddenly, 
and that Mrs. J. J. Murray, of Chiswick, 
W.4, has lost both her parents this year. 

• • • 

Mrs. A. J. Attrell, of Polegate, won a 
Cup for knitting at the Women's Institute 

Mrs. Ha2el Legg, who is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Woollen, of North 
Lancing, sang as leading soprano when 
the Charlton Kings Choral Society, with 
the Laurence Hudson Light Orchestra, 
broadcast from the Midland Regional 
station on October 22nd. Her husband, 
Reginald Legg, conducted the choir; he 
has built up the Choral Society from scratch 
in two to three years and our St. Dunstaner 
and his wife are justly proud of their 
daughter and son-in-law. 

• • • 

Mavis Hazel, Merton, S.W.19, who is 
already a graduate in music, is now a 
qualified organist, having obtained the 
A.R.C.O. diploma. She has recently 
secured a teaching post at Caversham. 

• • • 

Hilda Mary Jakins, West Byfleet, gained 
honours in the Group II, Stage 2, examina- 
tion of the Royal Drawing Society. 

• • • 

Twelve year old Raymond Varley, Shel- 
don, Birmingham, is a member of an 
accordion band which in a recent com- 
petition won a bronze medal, each member 
of the band receiving a certificate. 

• • • 

The son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Manning, 
of Northampton, is in the Australian Air 
Force and has recently been on a voyage 
to the Antarctic with the Force. He sent 
his parents many wonderful photographs 
of icebergs, seals, penguins, etc. He says 
that the animals, knowing no fear, are 
almost tame. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On October 10th, Brian Alvey Hold, of 
Yeovil, to Pauline Hunter. 

On October 24th, Valerie White, Staly- 
bridge, to Brian Peace. 

On November 7th, Jacqueline Scrimgour, 
Middlesbrough, to James Peter Morgan. 


My wife and I wish to thank, most 
sincerely, those physiotherapists who, when 
at Ovingdean, expressed their good wishes 
for our happiness in such a generous and 
practical form. 

Richard Brett. 

(N.B. Mrs. Brett was nee Smith— ex- 
V.A.D., Ovingdean). 

Mr. R. W. Jones, of Barmouth, a photo- 
grapher who sends the result of a box 
collection to the Appeals Department, sends 
his kind regards to any St. Dunstaners 
who are " Desert Rats." 


Foster. — On November 5th, to the wife of 
E. Foster, of Barnsley, a son. He is the 
fourth child and second son. 


Our deep sympathy is extended to the 
following : 

Baker. — To D. Baker, of Rhyl, Flintshire, 
whose father has just died. 

Brydson. — To S. Brydson, of Dumfries, 
in the loss of his brother. 

Horton. — To J. Horton, of Barnsley, 
whose father died on October 13th, after 
a long illness. 

Thomas. — To G. H. Thomas, of Shirley, 
Birmingham, whose wife died on Novem- 
ber 11th. 

Walch.— To J. T. Walch, of Saltdean, 
whose brother has recently died. 

As we go to press we learn with regret 
of the death of the widow of a St. 
Dunstaner, Mrs. J. R. Ridley, of Finchley. 
She died in hospital where she had been 
for some time, but her death was never- 
theless unexpected. 


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Rifleman Henry James Crane, 4th King's Royal Rifles 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of H. J. Crane, resident at Ovingdean. He was 76. 

Henry Crane came to St. Dunstan's in April, 1916, having enlisted at the outbreak of the 1914-18 
war. After training with us he became a newsagent and tobacconist and he managed businesses, including a 
number of kiosks, right up to the time of his retirement in 1955, the last being at Hobart House, S.W.I. He 
lived in Thornton Heath with his brother and sister-in-law and it was a great blow to him when his brother 
died and, only a year or so later, his sister-in-law also died. He came to Ovingdean in January, 1959, and 
he remained there until October 23rd, when he was taken seriously ill and transferred to Pearson House, 
where he died the following day. 

His nearest relative was a niece by marriage, Mrs. Beatrice Garwood, to whom we send our sincere 
sympathy, and our thoughts go, too, to his many close friends, among them Drummer Downs, who mourn 
a good comrade. 

Sergeant Major Percy Featherstone, Royal Field Artillery 

With great regret we record the death of P. Featherstone, of North Ferriby, E. Yorkshire, at the 
age of 75. 

He was an old soldier — -he had joined the Army in June, 1903, and was discharged in March, 1916, 
after being wounded at Ypres the previous year. He came to St. Dunstan's immediately and trained as a 
poultry farmer and he followed this occupation, together with pig-farming, in which he was also keenly 
interested, until 1947. He then concentrated only on poultry-keeping. His death was very sudden. He 
had been working in his garden up to the time of his death. 

He was a great champion of the British Legion and there were many tributes from his fellow legion- 
aires at the funeral. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Featherstone and her family. 

Corporal George Anderton Jolly, Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Flying Corps. 

We record with deep regret the death on October 14th of George Jolly, of Spratton, Northants., 
at the age of 69. He died suddenly following a heart attack. 

He had served first with the R.A.M.C. and later with the R.F.C. from 1914 until 1918. He came 
to St. Dunstan's in February, 1933, where he trained as a physiotherapist and he followed his profession in 
Ipswich for a number of years, then in Blackpool, and latterly in Northampton. Although he had been in 
ill-health for a number of years his death was most unexpected. He was at Ovingdean for the Physiotherapy 
Conference which had just ended, and was looking forward to the Bridge Week-end (he was a very keen member 
of the Bridge Club). 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Jolly and her family. 

Lance Corporal Horace George Manning, 1 ' \6th London Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Horace Manning, of Brighton. He was 67. 

He had enlisted in June, 1915, and was discharged in 1918, coming at once to St. Dunstan's where 
he trained as a telephone operator. He became telephonist at the London Hospital, where he remained until 
his retirement in 1950. He came to Ovingdean in the summer of 1958 but was transferred in August of that 
year to Pearson House. His health had slowly deteriorated and he died on October 15th. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Manning in her loss. 

A.B. Arthur Ross, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 

We record with deep regret the death of Arthur Ross, of Middlesbrough. He died at his home on 
October 29th at the age of 63. 

His service was from July, 1915, until 1918; he had been gassed on the Somme the same year, 
but he was only admitted to St. Dunstan's as recently as a month ago, when he was already a very sick man. 

We offer our sincere sympathy to his widow and family. 

Corporal Joseph Henry Rutter, 9th Lancashire Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of J. H. Rutter, of Ovingdean. His death occurred while he 
was in Lancashire on holiday with his daughter, Mrs Booth. He was 66. 

He had served with his regiment from 1910 until 1915, being wounded at the Dardanelles, and he 
entered St. Dunstan's in September, 1919. He tiained as a mat-maker and he also kept a few poultry, and he 
followed these occupations until 1942 when he took up factory work to help the war effort. He was able to 
carry on working until 1952, then he returned to mat-making until illness forced him to give up. He had been 
living at Pearson House since March of this year. 

He leaves two daughters to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 476— Volume XLIII 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


THE new £\ note to be issued early next year will be a different size from all existing 
notes, the Bank of England told representatives of the Royal National Institute for 
the Blind and of St. Dunstan's at a meeting on Thursday, December 3rd. 

The new 10s. note, although of the same length as the £1 note, will be of a different 
width to enable blind people to differentiate between them. When the new £5 and £10 
notes are being designed, the Bank will collaborate with our organisations as to the best 
means of incorporating some form of difference. 

The meeting between representatives of our two organisations and the Chief Cashier 
at the Bank was arranged because blind people all over the country had been disturbed by 
reports that £1 and 10s. notes of the same size would be issued in 1961. 

Every St. Dunstaner shopkeeper knows how to distinguish a. £\ note from a 10s. note 
by feeling it. For those who are not familiar with this trick, I may say that the usual method 
is to place the note between two of the fingers, when it will be found that the £1 note is 
just a little wider than the 10s. note. A little experimentation will tell you which fingers 
to use for measurement purposes. 

It now appears that the Bank of England is going to concede the point and I think 
the R.N. LB. and St. Dunstan's did well to make immediate representations. 

Many may have heard the Chairman of the R.N.I.B., who is also a member of St. 
Dunstan's Council, Mr. Godfrey Robinson, the Secretary of St. Dunstan's, Mr. A. D. Lloyds, 
and, at an earlier stage, Mr. J. C. Colligan, Secretary-General of the R.N. LB., broadcasting 
on this subject which, if I may say so, they did exceedingly well. 

Magic Carpet . 

During the month of November, I went to Melbourne, Australia, and back for a short 
business visit. Most of the journey was by jet aeroplane — the first time I have travelled 
in such an aircraft. A Comet took Lady Fraser and me from London to New York, and this 
is a most remarkable machine. This aeroplane — which must weigh 70 tons fully laden — 
goes up in the air at a very sharp angle and in a short time is seven miles above the earth; 
then it proceeds at 500 m.p.h. or more, yet is as quiet and steady as a good car. 

We left London at mid-day and arrived at New York, against a head wind of 100 m.p.h., 
nine and a half hours later. But when we landed at New York, it was only 4.30 in the after- 
noon because the time had gone back five hours. When we were two-thirds across the 
y\tlantic, the sun was setting on the horizon and for two hours it seemed to remain constant, 
unable to go to bed. This strange phenomenon was due to the fact that at the latitude 
on which we were flying, say, half-way between the Equator and the Pole, we were travelling 


at the same pace as the earth so that we were keeping up with the sun. It was not until 
we turned south-west that the sun beat us and went below the horizon. 

There is something exceptionally tiring about travelling by jet, considering that it is 
so quiet and so comfortable. I am at a loss to know why this is so but perhaps it is the change 
of altitude and the alteration of the time table to which one is accustomed. 

Continuing our journey to Australia, we found ourselves eating dinner at dawn and 
having breakfast last thing at night — or so it appeared until we caught up with time. 

This time factor is very peculiar. As you approach the island of Fiji to land, going 
southwards, you jump one whole day. That is to say, you set off from Honolulu on a Friday 
and a few hours later you arrive in Fiji and find that it is Sunday. On the flight coming home, 
you leave Sydney on Friday afternoon and arrive at Honolulu twelve hours later and find 
that it is still Friday morning. I cannot understand this but at least I am satisfied that I 
am still as old as I was because, having travelled both ways, I have caught up the day that I 

Old Friends 

In Sydney, I talked on the telephone to Alfred Mace, one-time head of our Physio- 
therapy Department. Although he has suffered a heart attack and has had to retire from 
work, he sounded cheerful and well and sent his best wishes to all old friends. 

In Melbourne, a great Reunion of St. Dunstaners took place and we met many old 
friends of the First and Second World Wars. There were 135 Australians who came to 
St. Dunstan's, most of them First World War men who had fought in France. The rest 
were Second World War men who came to us when hostilities ceased. They have good 
associations looking after their welfare and they follow many of the same professions, 
occupations and handicrafts as we do over here. The representatives from New Zealand 
also came and I learned that St. Dunstaners in New Zealand are, on the whole, doing well. 
I was asked to convey the best wishes of them all to St. Dunstaners here and to the many 
friends they made during their sojourn with us. 

When passing through New York, I visited the American Foundation for the Blind 
where I met Mr. Barnett, the very able blind head of the organisation, and Mr. Boulter, 
Field Director of the Overseas society, who is himself a St. Dunstaner. Mr. Boulter 
and his friends took us to a play which illustrates the first few years of Helen Keller's 
life, and depicts in very moving terms the victory over blindness and deafness achieved by her 
remarkable teacher, Miss Annie M. Sullivan (Mrs. Macy). This does not seem a likely theme 
for a successful play but I was told that the theatre is sold out and that the play looks like 
having a considerable run. Certainly the author and the actors show great imagination 
and sincerity in portraying the remarkable events which enabled Mrs. Macy to establish 
contact with this little blind and deaf child whose unusual intelligence was cut off from all 
communication with the outer world. 

Basil Curtis 

Major Basil Curtis is leaving St. Dunstan's at the end of the year to take up a job in 
connection with public relations and appeals for the National Spastics Society. This is 
an important appointment in a well-known, growing organisation which does a fine work 
of rehabilitation, and I think he has admirable qualities for such a post. 

Major Curtis has been responsible for our public relations work for some ten years, 
as well as dealing with publicity and advertising for groups of St. Dunstaners and individuals, 
and we are much indebted to him for the many references to St. Dunstan's which have appeared 
in the newspaper press and on broadcasting and television. 

St. Dunstan's and St. Dunstaners will miss Basil Curtis, but all his friends will join 
with me in wishing him the best of good luck. 

Lieut. Commander Buckley, our Appeals Organiser, will assume responsibility for 
public relations in future, and I will of course, continue to give a good deal of attention 
to this matter, which has been one of my special interests and responsibilities. 


A happy Christmas from my wife and me to all St. Dunstaners and friends of St. 



London Club Notes 

From the London Club to all St. Dun- 
staners and their families, the compliments 
of the season, a merry Christmas, and good 
health and good fortune for 1960. 
• • • 

On Tuesday, December 8th, Club mem- 
bers were delighted to welcome Mrs. Sykes 
and Mrs. Sassoon. To Mrs. Sykes — ■ 
" Thank you, madam, for your continued 

S. Webster. 

Bridge. St. Dunstan's Bridge Club held 
its Annual General Meeting on Friday, 
November 13th, at Ovingdean. Comman- 
dant took the chair and did the job to 
perfection. About thirty members were 
present and the meeting lasted about one 
hour and a half. A number of problems 
were dealt with satisfactorily. G. P. Brown 
was re-elected captain, Mr. Webster, treas- 
urer, and Messrs. Gover, Jackson and 
Drummer Downs made up the new Com- 

The Club held its annual Bridge Congress 
on November 14th and 15th. The battle 
commenced on Saturday morning with the 
first round of the Sir Arthur Pearson 
Memorial Cup pairs competition. This 
was followed in the afternoon by the Sir 
Arthur Pearson Memorial Cup for teams 
of four and I can assure you, competition 
for both events was very keen. Sunday 
morning saw the final for the pairs, and 
a bridge drive for all in the afternoon 
finished off what I believe to be considered 
by all members, another wonderful week- 
end. A notable feature of the Congress 
was the fact that the Club's only two lady 
members carried off the first prize in the 
free-for-all bridge drive. Well done, girls! 
Matron kindly presented the prizes to the 
various winners, and Drummer then 
presented Matron with a lovely bouquet 
of flowers and thanked the staff on behalf 
of the boys, for giving us such a pleasant 
time. Matron then brought the week-end 
to its close by thanking all those who had 
worked so hard to make the Congress such 
a success, with a special word of praise 
for Mr. A. E. Field and Mr. C. Stokes. 

G. P. B. 
Results : 

Pairs: 1st, B. Ingrey, A. Smith; 2nd, 
M. Delaney, R. Wylie; 3rd, H. Gover, P. 

Fours: 1st, A. J. Wiltshire, J. Douglass, 
J. Walch, C. Kelk; 2nd, F. Winter, J. 
Andrews, W. H. Henry, S. Webster; 3rd, 
A. Craigie, R. Armstrong, M. Delaney, 
R. Wylie. 

Bridge Drive, Sunday Morning: 1st, G. P. 
Brown, J. Fleming; 2nd, H. Cook, F. 
Jackson; 3rd, R. Armstrong, Mrs. Stokes. 

Bridge Drive, Sunday Afternoon: 1st, Mrs. 
Formstone, Miss Simon; 2nd, S. Webster, 
W. H. Henry; 3rd, R. Freer, A. Needham. 

St. Dunstan's Two-Mile Invitation 

Handicap Walk 

Highgate, Saturday, 26th September, 


Order of 






1. J. Simpson 




2. L. Dennis 




3. G. Hewitt 




4. L. Halliday 




5. W. Miller 




6. C. Stafford 




7. A. Brown 




8. S. Tutton 




9. M. Bums 




10. E. Cookson 




11. T. Robinson 




St. Dunstan's Seven-Mile 

Championship Walk 

Regent's Park, Saturday, 21st November, 


Order of 


Pos. in 






1. G. Hewitt 





2. J. Simpson 





3. L. Dennis 





4. W. Miller 





5. A. Brown 





6. C. Stafford 





Proposed College Reunion 

It is proposed to hold a Reunion some 
time at the end of July, 1960, of men and 
staff who were at the College Annexe, 
Regent's Park, 

The reunion would be held at Hanover 
Lodge, Regent's Park, and there would be 
no charge, so when arranging your holiday 
at Ovingdean, would those interested bear 
such a reunion in mind? 

Anyone who is interested is asked to 
be good enough to get in touch with me 
at 46 Leigham Avenue, London, S.W.16. 

W. T. Scott. 


Memorial Service to 
Sir Arthur Pearson 

The annual Memorial Service to the late 
Sir Arthur Pearson, bt., Founder of St. 
Dunstan's, was held at the St. Dunstan's 
Chapel, Ovingdean, on Sunday, December 
13th. Sir Neville Pearson, bt., our Presi- 
dent, read the Lesson, and the Address was 
given by St. Dunstan's Padre, the Rev. 
W. J. Taylor, who conducted the Service. 

The crowded congregation included Lady 
Pearson, Lord and Lady Fraser, Mrs. 
Aitken (Sir Neville's sister), Mrs. Dacre 
(Lord Fraser's sister), and Christopher 
and Caroline McDonald (Lord Fraser's 

On the morning of Wednesday, December 
9th, the thirty-eighth anniversary of Sir 
Arthur Pearson's death, a party consisting 
of First War St. Dunstaners H. Abbey, of 
Enfield and J. Murray, of New Southgate, 
Messrs. H. Wheeler, of Merton Park, and 
D. Williams, of Australia, with Mr. A. D. 
Lloyds, Secretary of St. Dunstan's, and 
Mr. H. Lean, went to Hampstead Cemetery, 
where a wreath of poppies was placed on 
Sir Arthur's grave on behalf of war-blinded 
service men and women all over the world. 

Static Cycles 

I have had several requests recently for 
Static Cycles, needed for health reasons, 
and it occurred to me that there may be 
a few St. Dunstaners who have these 
machines but do not use them. In such 
cases I should be pleased to meet the cost 
of carriage and overhaul if the machines 
were made available to other St. Dunstaners. 

C. D. Wills. 


I recently appealed in the Press for gifts 
of woods for our Brighton Bowling Club, 
and the response was so generous that I 
now have a number of sets available for 
other players. 

Bowls has proved to be one of the few 
outdoor games a blind person can learn to 
play successfully and any St. Dunstaners 
interested in taking it up, or already playing 
it, may write to me for a pair of woods 
if they can really make good use of them. 

C. D. Wills. 

Golden Wedding 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
B. Jarvill, of Thorne, Doncaster, who 
celebrated their Golden Wedding anni- 
versary on November 29th. 

Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

For many years I have been bothered 
by my Junior Imperial portable skidding 
around on my desk in accordance with the 
vehemence of my mood. I did nothing 
about it, considering it to be one of the 
little things. 

The other day, after I had sealed off 
every sneaky little draught in the house so 
that the fire would not go, I looked around 
to find a use for the three feet of adhesive 
foam-rubber strip left over. 

The moment of inspiration led me to 
the typewriter. Turning it upside down, 
I removed the four small non-skid buttons 
with their mirror-like surfaces. Using the 
back holes as guides, I applied the strip 
from one to the other and turned the 
machine right way up. Result — absolute 
satisfaction! You can get the strip in 
Woolworth's. Be sure it's adhesive. 

Yours sincerely, 
Hillingdon. Stewart Spence. 

Dear Editor, 

" Never fear — the 14-18 boys are here." 
Yes ! the old boys are here, and what would 
St. Dunstan's contingent be without them 
on " Remembrance Sunday " ? 

I am a 39-45 man myself and have 
attended this event for the past seven years, 
and through my escort I have learned just 
how the numbers are shrinking. To me 
this is a disgrace. 

I know some of the lads have added 
disabilities, but there must be scores of the 
comparatively fit ones who reside in and 
around the London area. What do they 
do with themselves on Remembrance 
Sunday? Could they not spare just a few 
hours with us, once a year? 

I marvel at the old boys. They turn 
out year after year; some of them would be 
better off at home in the warm, but no, 
they come along and as things are, it is 
a good thing they do. What was a decent 
turn-out has shrunk to twenty. 

I can remember not too far back when we 
had our luncheon at the Seymour Hall, 
and a free bar, we had a real turn-out. 
Surely this is not the reason? It certainly 
makes me think. 

No doubt I am wide open for some 
replies. I hope there are many. 

Yours sincerely, 
Welwjn Garden City. S. S. Brooks 



Remembrance Day, 1959 

St. Dunstaners were among those who 
paraded at the Cenotaph on Sunday, 
November 8th, and again a party were 
among those in the vast audience at the 
Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of 
Remembrance. At the " Not Forgotten " 
Association 14th Armistice Remembrance 
Dinner in Belfast, St. Dunstaners J. 
Humphrey, A. Scott, A. W. Rutledge and 
H. G. Greene were among those who 
attended. J. Humphrey replied to the 
toast, " Our Guests." 

Retirement Presentation 

W. Storer, of Rugby, recently retired 
after eighteen years as telephonist at St. 
Cross Hospital, Rugby, and at a reception 
in his honour on October 30th, three 
cheques were presented to him — one from 
the Matron and the nursing and general 
staff, another from the surgeons and medical 
staff, and a third from the chairman of 
the House Committee, who also took the 
chair and paid warm tribute to the wonder- 
ful work that our St. Dunstaner and his 
wife had done for the hospital. A bouquet 
of carnations was presented to Mrs. Storer 
and then came the toast — " to Mr. and Mrs. 
Storer in their retirement, with a job of 
work well done." 

A Christmas Competition 

Can you construct a Word Square from 
the following clues — that is, a square in 
which the letters of the hidden words spell 
the same both across and downwards ? 
There will be three prizes of two guineas 
for the senders of the first three correct 
solutions opened after the closing date, 
which is January 11th, 1960. Entries to the 
Editor, 1 South Audley Street, London, 
W.l, marked " Competition." 

A happy Christmas, everyone, and good 


1. A lozenge which nearly makes father 

2. Ma's hat turned this shape gives you 
a pain. 

3. The very reverse of sportsmen. 

4. Admits of, or has the meaning of pins. 

5. A little devil begins to hinder. 

6. Losing their lead of fifty, these girls 
look foolish. 

The House of Lords 

In the House of Lords on December 9th, 
Lord Fraser of Lonsdale asked Her Majesty's 
Government whether they can state the 
situation as regards unemployment of dis- 
abled persons, and what steps they are taking 
to keep the obligation of the Disabled 
Persons (Employment) Acts in the minds 
of employers. 

The Minister without Portfolio (the 
Earl of Dundee) replied that on November 
16th there were 58,489 registered disabled 
persons unemployed, compared with 59,727 
in November, 1958. The Ministry of 
Labour made enquiries each year from all 
employers with 20 or more workers to see 
whether they are carrying out their obli- 
gations under the Acts to employ at least 
three per cent of registered disabled persons. 
In addition, the Ministry constantly kept 
before employers the need to employ 
suitable disabled people. 

Lord Fraser asked if it was not possible 
that some new employers in a small way 
did not know of the obligations; could 
further publicity be given to the matter? 

The Earl of Dundee replied that a new 
circular was now with the printers which 
would meet that point; a television film was 
also being prepared. 


Later on the same day, Lord Fraser asked 
Her Majesty's Government whether they 
are now in a position to state what arrange- 
ments have been made to increase Govern- 
ment contracts to Remploy. 

The Earl of Dundee said that sales by 
Remploy to Government Departments 
during the first 34 weeks of the present 
financial year totalled £523,000, compared 
with £497,000 for the same period last year. 

Lord Fraser asked whether the Govern- 
ment Departments would bear in mind that 
a very substantial subsidy has to be paid 
by Parliament to maintain these sheltered 
workshops and that it is both financially 
expedient and humanly desirable that work 
should be given to these shops, so both 
saving the taxpayers money and giving the 
men employment — which was far more im- 
portant than money. 

The Earl of Dundee said that the Priority 
Suppliers Committee was constantly bring- 
ing to the notice of all branches of spending 
Departments all over the country the kind of 
goods which can be produced by Remploy 
and other sheltered workshops. 


Early Days in Radio 

Forty-five years ago almost to the day, I 
was handed a document which, amongst 
other things, said that I was qualified to 
operate a wireless telegraphy installation 
on any British ship anywhere in the world. 
I stuffed the thing in my pocket and ran 
out of the school where I had been trained 
in Manchester, in case there was some 
mistake or the examiners changed their 

Three days later I joined my first ship. 
All my hopes and dreams of what life at 
sea would be like were soon shattered 
The so-called wireless cabin on this particu- 
lar ship was situated in the 'tween decks 
just above the waterline. 

We crossed the Atlantic in December, 
1914, and the equipment we had at our 
disposal was crude in the extreme. A 
rotary spark gap for a transmitter and a 
clockwork magnetic detector for a receiver. 
Both of them museum pieces nowadays, 
and their range under good conditions did 
not exceed 200 miles. 

We went to Boston, Massachusetts, and 
picked up a cargo of 750 horses for the 
Western front. The voyage to France with 
this cargo of frightened, half-crazed animals 
was a nightmare in terrible weather, and 
one can well imagine the stench below 
decks in that so-called wireless cabin. 

One thing I soon learned on that ship. 
All wireless men were looked upon with 
great suspicion. It was something new, 
and some old salts thought it was tempting 
providence to mess about with such un- 
canny things. One old sailor stuck his head 
through the door one day and he saw me 
lighting my cigarette between a nine-inch 
crackling spark gap. He never spoke to 
me again. 

Four years later those old superstitions 
still stuck and we wireless wizards were 
blamed for any bad weather or misfortune 
that came along. 

On November 12th, 1918, whilst serving 
on another ship, I heard by radio that the 
war was over and that the Armistice had 
been signed! I dashed up to the skipper's 
cabin and told him the glad tidings. He 
stared at me with the utmost suspicion and 
asked me where I had got the news from. 
I had to admit that the signals were very 
weak and that I had been unable to identify 
the station. We were in the Pacific Ocean 

at the time, headed for the Panama Canal. 
He regarded the whole thing as a hoax by 
some wireless fool and he forbade me 
implicitly to tell anyone else on board. 
Before dismissing me he brought out a 
bottle of whisky and poured out a couple 
of real snorters. We drank a silent toast 
without even a smile. 

Next day I got the shock of my life. 
For four long years I had heard nothing 
but morse telegraphy on the headphones. 
Suddenly I heard piano music quite dis- 
tinctly! When I was quite sure that I 
was not dreaming I dashed up to see the Old 
Man again. 

He smiled and tapped his head signifi- 

"Most of you fellows go barmy sooner or 
later, Sparks," he said. : ' Take more water 
with it next time," he added casually. 

Two days later we arrived in the Panama 
Canal and tied up alongside. The first 
news that we heard was that the war was 
over, but the Old Man never batted an 

That night the one and only Anna 
Pavlova gave a show in an empty warehouse 
on the quayside for all the sailors in port. 

That's a long time ago and thank good- 
ness things have changed in the radio 
department on board all ships. 

Those were pioneering days, those were. 

John Martin. 
London, IV.11. 


The festive mood in Yuletide garb 
Of joy and laughte red peal, 
Disdains accumulated age 
And flings a gay sortie reel. 

Around the Christmas tree ablate 
And fairy-pinnacled, 
Each face reflects its conscious glow 
Of season, miracle d. 

Soft wisping snow frames robin's vest, 
Holly intriguing curls, 
Hung mistletoe allows a kiss 
Under its glist'ning pearls. 

On wings of peace the carols soar, 
Reminding us again 
Of manger crib, of infant birth, 
The Star of Bethlehem. 

J. Cruse. 


Talking Book Library 

Final Batch, 1959 

Hereunder is a rather dull selection to 
beguile away the tedious hours of " deep 

" Votes for Women," by Roger Fulford, 
reader Alvar Lidell, traces the disappearance 
of the sweetly feminine from early last 
century to the more discontented and 
vociferous creature who passes for Eve 
in this present day. Perhaps that is a little 
harsh but my frank opinion is that about 
1 in 20 men and 1 or 2 in a 100 women 
deserve a vote. But then, who could 
possibly arbitrate for such a higgledy- 
piggledy ideal? This is the chronicle of 
a struggle of which any woman can be 
proud until the last ten years before the 
vote was achieved when, lacking brazen 
bravado, she has every reason to feel 
honestly ashamed of the hysterical con- 
vulsions of the " weaker sex." How 
women degraded themselves to secure 
equality at a cost of their superiority! Cat. 
No. 63. 

" The Cherry Tree," by Adrian Bell, 
reader Stephen Jack, is a most readable 
account of farming in the depressed days 
of the early thirties by a small farmer in 
Suffolk. Nowadays farming is a science, 
yesterday it was an art. The modern 
farmer considers the old farmer haphazard 
and slovenly, the old farmer considers 
the modern unfeeling and artificial. Nature 
herself will let the world know eventually 
which is right. In the meantime we do 
know that although there may not be 
progress there is, most assuredly, constant 
change. Cat No. 506. 

" Memoirs of Field Marshal Lord Mont- 
gomery," reader Andrew Timothy, is as 
simple and straightforward an account of 
the war as there has been by any of our 
foremost commanders. Perhaps " Monty " 
is a controversial figure and perhaps he 
does leave a trail of sore toes behind him, 
but listen to B.B.C.'s " Any Answers," 
and look how difficult it is to please any 
significant proportion of a Democracy with 
one directly stated idea. Since he is 
honest, direct, and decisive, speaking only 
of and from the depth of his individual 
experience, the Field Marshal is subject to 
monstrous distortions by press and by 
any persons without goodwill. Just a wee 
bit too long but interesting and informative. 
Cat No. 509. 

" Teacher," by Helen Keller, reader 
Caryl Spenser, is no book for the soft and 
sentimental. If a miracle is " The will of 
God, allied with the greatest possible human 
endeavour," then the emancipation of 
Helen Keller is certainly a miracle of our 
time. This book is not entertaining. It 
is interesting, yes, but it hurts the heart 
to think over what one is reading. Cat. 
No. 529. 


Sutton Club 

Our Annual General Meeting is to be 
held on Saturday, January 23rd, at the 
Sutton Adult School Hall, Benhill Avenue, 
Sutton, at 2.30 p.m. We should like to 
see all members on that day and also any 
new members. 

Come along now, chaps in the Surrey 

Ted Dudley, 


Liverpool Club 

On December 5th the Club held its 
annual Christmas Party in Sefton Hall. 
Members and guests to the number of 
forty turned up for this festive gathering. 

The principal guests were Miss B. 
Vaughan Davies and her friend, Miss Davies 
(Linen) of Blackpool memories. Miss 
Everett and Miss Broughton, our Welfare 
Visitors, and our good friend from Lewis's, 
Miss Madison. 

After a sumptuous meal our President 
proposed the " Loyal Toast," and then 
with crackers popping and cigarettes well 
alight, the party took on a gay mood. The 
floor being cleared, we sat down to enjoy 
a very fine concert given by our old friend 
George Lamb, and his party. After the 
concert a domino drive was held, with 
cash prizes. 

We would like to thank all those who 
gave gifts for the party, and also the ladies 
who prepared and served the refreshments, 
and those backroom people who worked 
so hard to make this party a success. 

The Club wishes all St. Dunstaners on 
Merseyside " The compliments of the 

A hearty welcome is extended to any 
St. Dunstaner who wishes to join us. 
Why sit lonely at home when you can 
be among friends and enjoy yourself? 

Joe Blakely. 


Tales of Ind 
The Robber Baron 

Looking back on a long life, during which 
I have received a fair share of variety and 
adventure, I think that one of the out- 
standing periods was when I found myself 
in charge of a Watch and Ward 500 mile 
section of the metre gauge system of an 
Indian railway. The country through which 
the railway passed was very flat but for 
a small rise approaching a station, and 
at the crest of the rise was a bridge, and 
this spanned a deep cutting along which 
passed the permanent way of a broad 
gauge State railway system. The broad 
gauge line was known by the locals as the 
burra line and the metre gauge the chota; 
burra meaning big and chota small. 

The Watch and Ward system was a kind 
of private police force of the railway, the 
object being to protect all goods carried 
by goods trains and lying in goods sheds 
and on goods platforms. 

For about thirty miles west of the railway 
bridge had always been a black spot in 
the past for attacks on the goods trains; this 
was due to the fact that along this section 
of the track lived members of a criminal 
tribe. These people from childhood were 
brought up to be thieves. The British 
had placed officials all over India to look 
after them and if possible reform them. 
I was warned that an outbreak of crime 
was imminent and I informed my superiors, 
who were retired officers of the Indian 
police. Sure enough the first attack took 
place near the railway bridge and 26 bags 
of sugar were stolen from a running goods 
train. When I arrived at the scene of the 
crime a strange story was told me. It 
appeared that a miracle had happened, for 
a well about a mile from the robbery had 
suddenly had the water in it changed into 
sherbet in one night. The news of this 
strange happening had quickly spread and 
pilgrims in their hundreds had hurried to 
drink the miraculous water. When I arrived 
at the well the water had fallen to a few 
feet and the smell nearly knocked me down. 
The water on the surface was literally 
boiling as the result of fermentation and 
a large number of frogs lay dead on the 
surface. I will not insult the intelligence 
of my readers by attempting to explain 
how the " miracle " had taken place. 

The attacks on the chota line increased 
and the thieves became more darin?, 

eventually the armed police were called in 
to escort goods trains. 

In the area of the crimes lived a worthy 
who was the local Nawab, or Baron. He 
was the leader of these criminal tribes and 
was suspected of being a receiver of their 
ill-gotten gains. My inspector and I 
decided to pay the Nawab a visit. So one 
evening we called at the " Palace," a castle- 
like structure, and we were taken up to 
the flat roof where we awaited the Nawab. 
After a suitable interval he appeared. He 
was a tall, stout man, his face was large, 
and reflected good humour and benevolence 
— in fact he looked like a character out 
of Chu Chin Chow. After the customary 
flowery compliments we all sat down and 
conversed about the crops, the prospects of 
a good monsoon and in fact everything 
except the object of our visit. Finally I 
said, " Nawab Sahib, I am sure you are 
quite unaware of the attacks on the chota 
line, but I have come to ask you to use 
your great influence with your followers to 
cease attacking the chota line." The 
Nawab rose slowly from his chair and 
speaking slowly, his voice thick with 
emotion, he said, " Sahib, what you tell 
me is a terrible shock to me and fills me 
with shame and confusion," then raising 
his voice, " how dare those sons of pigs 
disobey my orders — I warned them not 
to rob the chota line . . . only the burra line." 

Shortly after our visit to the old rascal 
the raids on the chota line stopped, but as 
to the burra line I would not know. 

Duncan McAlpin. 

A Christmas Message 

Miss A. Smith, who lives in Sussex, is, 
as she puts it, " an old woman of 90 years 
and very bad eyesight." Recently she sent 
a donation to Ovingdean and with her 
gift she enclosed the following lines which 
she herself had written. 

Why be so sad, oh heart of mine, 
By sorrow, why cast down? 
Dost thou forget those ivords divine, 
" Where there's no cross, no crown "? 

Take up thy cross and follow on, 
Cast out all doubt and fear, 
Though long and lonely, dark the ivay 
There's help and refuge near. 

The Lord is ever at thy side, 
To strengthen and defend, 
He is thy guardian and thy guide, 
Thy saviour and thy friend. 


Christmas Greetings 

The Commandant, Matrons and staff at 
all the Brighton Homes send greetings and 
good wishes to St. Dunstaners everywhere 
for a happy Christmas and New Year. 

From All Quarters 

It was good to have a line from John 
Martin, of Durban, South Africa, where 
he says they are now starting their summer 
weather — rain for a few days, then the sun 
shining the next. 

• • • 

K. W. Hedges, of Bexley, has a delightful 
aviary of fifty-four West African birds and 
makes all their very large cages himself. 

• • • 

A book by Wally Thomas, of Southamp- 
ton, " Life in my hands," is to be published 
in January by Heinemann. Extracts from 
the book have been appearing weekly in 
the Sunday Graphic. 

• • • 

R. Brown, of South Shields, is a very 
keen pigeon fancier and this season he 
scored a great triumph by carrying off 
the Star prize, worth over £30. 

• • • 

J. MacFarlane, of Ilford, with his Com- 
mittee, has been to the Treasury seven times 
within the last two months discussing Pay 
Research Unit. 

• • • 

G. Price, of Berrynarbor, N. Devon, has 
made and fitted storm windows to his 
bungalow, and made and fixed posts and 
chain fencing for the garden. At one time 
a Councillor, Mr. Price still takes a very 
keen interest in all local affairs. 

• • • 

J. Mitchell, of Edinburgh, who is not 
now taking such an active part in the 
business of his Regimental Association and 
Club, has had another decoration for his 
good work as Chairman of the Edinburgh 
Branch for the past five years. 

• • • 

J. Salt, of Morecambe, obtained 140 lbs. 
of tomatoes from thirty tomato plants this 
year. He has a 12ft. by 8ft. greenhouse, 

• • • 

T. Taylor, of Farrington, was the speaker 
at the first meeting of the winter session 
of Hesketh Lane Men's Fireside. His sub- 
ject — St. Dunstan's. 

The National News Letter 

As a result of a decision by the proprietors 
of the letterpress edition of the National 
News Letter to cease publication and instead 
to publish a quarterly as from next January, 
the R.N.I. B. has decided not to publish a 
braille edition separately; instead, the 
National Braille Mail will now be published 
twice weekly as from January 6th and the 
National News Letter will be included as a 
quarterly supplement. 

This means, therefore, that only those 
receiving the National Braille Mail will 
receive the quarterly National News Letter. 

If you are not at present on the list 
to receive the Braille Mail but now wish 
to do so in order that you may receive as 
well the quarterly News Letter, please 
inform Mr. Christopher. 


R. Goodhead, of Crosspool, Sheffield; 
F. T. Morgan, Stroud, Glos.; A. H. 
Rodgers, of Barrow-in-Furness; and a 
third grandchild each for H. Wheeler, of 
Wimbledon Chase, and W. J. S. Pearce, of 

Great- Gran df ather 

B. Jarvill, of Thorne, Doncaster — a 
third great-grandchild. 

Family News 

Her friends will learn with regret that 
Mrs. Percy Ashton's father died at the end 
of November. 

We are also sad to learn that the seven- 
months old baby of the daughter of H. 
Pearce, of Leighton Buzzard, has died. 

Geoffrey Pearce, Hendon, has obtained 
his degree of B.A. (Geography) at London 

At the Southern Area Musical Festival, 
eleven year old Sheila Reas, of New Haw, 
Surrey, gained a Certificate for a pianoforte 

W. Thomas, of Wakefield, tells us that 
his grandson has just signed on to play 
for Wakefield Football Club. 

Jacqueline Morgan (nee Scrimgeour) has 
passed her Final Nursing Examination and 
has been promoted to Staff Nurse. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Peter Ross, Petersfield, was married in 
the autumn. 


"|tt fflmotu" 

Private Ernest Leonard Bowcott, Royal Berkshire Regiment 
With deep regret we record the death of E. L. Bowcott, of Mitcham. He was 63. 
He was already in the Army at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war — he had enlisted in December, 1913, 
but he did not come under our care until April, 1950, when the state of his health prevented him undertaking 
any training. Owing to the poor health of Mrs. Bowcott, he went into Pearson House in 1957, where he 
had remained. His health had deteriorated recently and he died on November 13th. 
Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Bowcott and her daughters. 

Private Harry Roper, Royal Army Veterinary Corps 

We record with deep regret the death of H. Roper, of Hove, at the age of 73. 

He had served from his enlistment in December, 1915, until November, 1918, but when he came 
to us in 1951, his age and the state of his health ruled out serious training. He did, however, undertake a 
little hobby work. His health had grown much worse in recent years and he returned to hospital a few weeks 
back; he was then discharged but he died at home on November 15th. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Roper in her loss. 

Sergeant Nelson Horatio Rand, Labour Corps 5th Essex Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of N. H. Rand, of Addlestone, which occurred in 
hospital on November 17th after a brief illness. He was 68. 

He had enlisted ten days after the outbreak of war in 1914 and had served until March, 1919. He 
came to St. Dunstan's in January, 1930, and trained as a shopkeeper. He went into business at Byfleet and he 
continued this until his retirement in 1949. He then settled in Addlestone, where for a time he did a little 
handicraft work. He was taken suddenly ill on November 14th and he died in hospital three days later. 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Private Hubert Norman Matthews, Labour Corps 

We record with deep regret the death of H. N. Matthews, of Bracklesham Bay. He died in St. 
Richard's Hospital, Chichester, on November 29th, at the age of 67. 

He saw service from December, 1914, until March, 1919, and came to St. Dunstan's a few months 
later where he trained in joinery and netting. He continued with these crafts until 1951, when his health began 
to deteriorate and for some time now he had been a chair case. He was admitted to hospital and he died 
there very suddenly. 

Our very sincere sympathy goes out to Mrs. Matthews in her loss. 

Sapper John Wilkie, Royal Scots Greys 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of J. Wilkie, of Burton-on-Trent. He was 64. 

He had enlisted prior to the 1914-18 war — in December, 1913 — and served with his regiment until 
March, 1925. A year later he came to St. Dunstan's, where he trained in basket-making. He was a first-class 
craftsman and he carried on this occupation until April last, when failing health at last compelled him to give 
up. He had been very seriously ill since May and he died at his home on November 25th. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Wilkie and her family. 

A.B. Arthur Rose, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 

We record with deep regret the death of Arthur Rose, of Middlesbrough. He died at his home 
on October 29th at the age of 63. 

His service was from July, 1915, until 1918; he had been gassed on the Somme the same year, but 
he was only admitted to St. Dunstan's as recently as two months ago, when he was already a very sick man. 

We offer our sincere sympathy to his widow and family. 

Deaths Tomlinson. — To T. C. Tomlinson, of 

„ , . ., Beaminster, Dorset, whose wife died on 

Our deep sympathy goes out to the ~ . , ,1 ~ \ .„ 

c ,, . r i r ib October 6th after a lone illness. 

following : — D 

Bennett. — To A. Bennett, of Dover, 

whose sister, Theresa, died on November Braille Tests 

Preliminary Test: E. Carpenter, Kings 
Forster.— To R. Forster, of Leeds, whose Langley; F. Greenaway. 

father died suddenly at the beginning r ,. . _ ,. , 

of December. Advanced Test: E. Slaughter, Salisbury. 

Martin.— To T. E. D. Martin, of Wolver- Smior Test : K Slaughter, Salisbury, 

hampton, whose sister died very suddenly Repeat Senior Test : M. Delaney, Maiden- 

at the beginning of November. head. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 477— Volume XLIV 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Mem 


Salute to Drummer 

IF ever there was a man who embodied the spirit of St. Dunstan's it was Drummer Downs. 
He was one of the most cheerful and friendly persons I have ever met and he had more 
common sense than most men. Thus he was a good influence, radiating confidence 
among St. Dunstaners whether it was at Church Stretton, at Brighton, or in the London Club. 

He also, in his work for the Appeals Department, personalised the virtues of humour 
and courage wherever he went, influencing thousands of people to think well of St. Dunstan's 
and St. Dunstaners. Most of us knew him and were fond of him, and all of us salute him. 

When he approaches the gates of Heaven, which I am sure he deserves to do, I can 
see him with his tea-pot under his arm and a joke on his lips for the gatekeeper. 

You have drummed well, Drummer! 

The Australian Economy 

The thing that struck me most about Australia and especially aoout Victoria, where I 
stayed for eleven days in November, was that the country has absorbed a million immigrants 
in ten years. This involves an enlightened and public-spirited view on the part of all those 
who may fear that their jobs might be threatened by such an incursion of new workers, and, 
if I may say so, Australians are to be warmly congratulated upon this. It also involves 
finding a very large amount of money to provide the capital for industrial and commercial 
buildings and plant, roads, sewers, transport, telephones, etc., to cope with the new demand. 
I learned that exceedingly few of these new immigrants had failed to settle in their new 
country, and I met quite a number who told me that they like it and had no intention of 
going back to Europe or Britain. Moreover, this extraordinary expansion seems to have 
taken place without social friction and without causing an undue amount of inflation. 

I gained the impression from His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria, Sir Dallas 
Brooks, and from the Premier, Mr. Bolte, and from a number o, commercial and industrial 
leaders and others whom I met, that Victoria is booming, but not dangerously so, and that 
there is an air of confidence for the future. My impression was that Australian politics 
are lively but not iconoclastic, that industrialists and trade unionists are aware that the wealth 
of all is the wealth of each and that Australia is set fair for a period of progress, profitability 
and a rising standard of living. I would certainly recommen,. sturdy ex-servicemen or 
others who have the good old-fashioned urge to seek their fortunes overseas to go to 


I broke my journey to Australia by three or four days in the United States, where I was 
shocked by the interruption of every radio news bulletin I heard by advertisements. 

I favour commercial radio programmes but think that news is news and that I should 
not be diverted in the middle of it by toothpaste and soap and second-hand cars. I was glad 
to notice amongst the few news bulletins I heard in Australia that they were unadulterated. 

I thought the food and wine were good, though Australian fish — except for Sydney 
oysters — is inferior to either British fish or South African fish; perhaps nothing can be done 
about this. I thought the telephone and the beer were good and the leading newspapers 
in Melbourne and Sydney had a high standard. 

St. Dunstaners Spread the Gospel 

I was delighted, as the guest of Joe Lynch, c.b.e., and his organisation, to meet over 
eighty blinded ex-servicemen who had been to St. Dunstan's and were on the whole, occupied 
and happy citizens. 

I have often said that there is hardly a place in the Commonwealth where you cannot 
meet a St. Dunstaner or someone who has worked at St. Dunstan's. This was borne in upon 
me during my recent visit to Australia, and even as I passed through the United States I 
heard from people who live in North America and have had something to do with us during 
the last forty-five years. 

Apart from our primary interest in the welfare of blinded ex-servicemen, the impact 
of St. Dunstan's upon the blind world generally is something to remember and be proud of. 
Men like Joe Lynch, whose leadership and advocacy was emphasised for me in Australia, 
Donald McPhee, who flew over from New Zealand to meet us, and Eddie Baker in Canada, 
and the late Mike Bowen and others in South Africa, took more than a successful personal 
adjustment back to their own countries; they took the gospel of St. Dunstan's with them 
and spread it abroad to the great benefit of all the blind. 

I am not claiming too much if I say that St. Dunstan's, with its great publicity and the 
example of its thousands of graduates in every corner of the British world and elsewhere, 
brought comfort and help directly or indirectly to tens of thousands of blind people, 
encouraging Governments, societies and the general public, as well as the blind themselves, 
to take new heart and conquer blindness. 

" K.H." 

I have read almost all the King-Hall News Letters in Braille for the past twenty-two 
years, as have many St. Dunstaners. I have not always agreed with his findings and he has 
sometimes been wrong — what journalist has not? But he is an extremely good expositor 
of public affairs, making difficult subjects simple and clear to the ordinary man, and I think 
he may be very proud of his life's work in this field. 

I shall miss my National News Letter each week but I wish " K.H." the best of good luck 
in his semi-retirement. 

St. Dunstan's Solicitor 

Captain K. C. Revis, m.b.e., a Second War St. Dunstaner, has passed his final examination 
to qualify as a solicitor. Amongst St. Dunstaners I call to mind the late Captain A. Buchanan, 
v.c, m.c, who was a solicitor in Britain, Captain W. E. M. Blandy, m.a., who has recently 
retired from practice in Reading, and Mr. D. A. Tregent, m.b.e., b.a., ll.m., of Melbourne, 
Australia, who still has one of the best law practices in that city and who told me on my recent 
visit that he was doing well; and we remember also three other Second War St. Dunstaners, 
Michael Barstow and J. B. Kitson, both of whom hold Civil Service appointments, and 
Howard Simcocks, who is an Advocate in the Isle of Man. 

Not many blind men have passed these difficult examinations and fewer still have made 
good in practice. All St. Dunstaners will join to congratulate Ken Revis and wish him luck. 



London Club Notes 

On Thursday evening, December 17th, 
a variety of folks numbering about eighty, 
mainly St. Dunstaners and their wives, 
foregathered at 191 Marylebone Road to 
participate in the Club's Christmas get- 

We were very pleased to welcome 
amongst our guests Lord and Ladv Fraser, 
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Lloyds and Mr. W. G. 

The catering department, presided over 
by Mrs. Willis, are to be highly commended 
for serving up such a wonderful variety 
of good things to eat and drink. Thank 
you, ladies. 

Jacques Brown once again brought along 
some first-rate artists to entertain us. They 
included the Fraser Hayes Four, Tollefsen, 
the celebrated Norwegian accordionist, and 
the inimitable John Blythe. A first-class 
show worthy of the occasion. There was 
a pause in the proceedings around about 
7 o'clock for the presentation of the Sir 
Arthur Pearson Memorial Trophy prizes 
by Mrs. A. D. Lloyds, to whom our thanks 
are due. 

At the conclusion of professional enter- 
tainment, Lord Fraser, in a few well- 
chosen words, thanked all those folks who 
had contributed to the evening's success. 

Gifts were distributed to the ladies by 
Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Webster, and Bob 
Father Christmas did a similar job amongst 
the merry males. To sum up, an excellent 
evening in every way. A very big " thank 
you " is due to all members' wives for 
their co-operation throughout the year. 
Sam Webster, Chairman. 

Bridge. — St. Dunstan's Bridge Club held 
its Christmas Bridge Drive on December 
12th. About forty members and friend 
enjoyed a good afternoon's bridge and an 
excellent tea provided by Mrs. Willis and 
her band of helpers. 

After tea Ladv Fraser presented the 
prizes to the winners. Lord Fraser, at the 
end of an enjoyable afternoon, wished 
everyone a happy Christmas and continued 
success to the Club. 

Braille Reading Tests 
Preliminary Test : F. Greenaway, Bourne- 

Repeat Senior Braille Test : T. Milligan, 
London, W.8; D. Parmenter, Brighton; 
W. T. Scott, Streatham. 


Peter Martin, of Thornton Heath, retired 
on December 31st after 35 years with the 
Admiralty and many years as telephonist 
at the Imperial Defence College. On 
leaving he was presented with an electric 
razor, an electric blanket and a handsome 
arm chair, together with two scrolls signed 
by the members of the College executive 
and by the staff of the various offices. 

The news of his retirement was included 
after the six o'clock B.B.C. news and Peter 
heard it himself quite by accident — he had 
no idea that it would be broadcast. 

Visitor to Brighton 

Mr. W. M. F. Vane, t.d., m.p., Joint 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of 
Pensions, visited St. Dunstan's at Brighton 
last month. 

Mr. Vane was received by Mr. A. D. 
Lloyds, Secretary of St. Dunstan's, and the 
Commandant, and was shown over Pearson 
House and the Ovingdean Centre. At 
both Homes he met several St. Dunstaners 
and at Ovingdean took part in a shooting 
match on the electronic rifle range, his 
opponent being Mr. Dick Brett. 

A College Reunion 

Further to the note in last month's 
Review, a Reunion of men and staff who 
were at the College Annexe, Regent's Park, 
has now been arranged for Saturday, July 9th. 
It will be held at Hanover Lodge, Regent's 
Park, and if you have not already sent 
in your name to W. T. Scott, 46 Leigham 
Avenue, London, S.W.I 6, please do so. 

Result of Christmas Competition 

The solution to last month's Word 
Square puzzle was as follows: 

1. P A S T I L 






(It will be seen that the letters of these 
words read the same both across and from 
top to bottom). 

A. Palfrey, of Barry, Glam. ; E. L. Gray, 
of Romford, Essex, and W. Robinson, of 
Grantham, were the three winners, each 
receiving two guineas. 


Mr. N. Downs 

Drummer Downs, St. Dunstaner and 
member of the Appeals Staff for thirty-five 
years, died at Ovingdean on January 4th. 
A notice of his death appears on page 9. 
We print below some of the many tributes 
which have reached us : 

• • • 

In spite of his multiple disability, 
" Drummer " Downs, as he was affection- 
ately called, radiated courage, good humour 
and happiness wherever he went. 

Few St. Dunstaners, if any, have served 
their St. Dunstan's colleagues better or 
for so long. 

All who knew him well will agree, I'm 
sure, that he will live on in the minds of 
those who, like myself, had learned not 
only to admire his courage, particularly 
during the bombing raids on London, 
but to love his generous, ever-helpful kind 

It has been nice knowing him and his 
memory is worthy of the honoured place 
I'm sure he will have in " St. Dunstan's 
Hall of Fond Remembrances." 

Good-night, Drummer old friend, good- 
night. Terry Roden. 

It seems impossible to realise that no 
more shall we see that sturdy figure striding 
majestically along nor hear that stentorian 
voice demanding " all hands on deck." 
A man generous, even beyond his means, 
kind, thoughtful — not one of his friends 
or acquaintances was ever ill or bereaved 
without some good wish, thought or gift 
from Drummer — his great gift of humour 
his indomitable chuckle, endeared him to 
all. The world is a poorer place for the 
loss of such a man. 

J. F. Armstrong. 

We at Ilkley will also miss him. A great 
and genial character, and bridge will be 
the worse for this loss. 

Geoffrey Fell. 

(Major Geoffrey Fell, many times Captain of the 
English International Bridge Team and Chairman 
of Ilkley St. Dunstan's Bridge Congress). 

I only knew our dear old friend, Drum- 
mer, for about twelve years but during 
that period I learned much. He always 
helped any St. Dunstaner he ran against; 
his cheery chuckle, his husky voice, all 
hid his enormous heart. 

Many of our colleagues of 1914 will miss 
him, but we of 1939-45 will also miss 

him, and he can never be replaced. 

John A. Mudge. 

To me Drummer Downs was the personi- 
fication of courage. 

Jean Burnham. 

It can all be put into one sentence — - 
Drummer loved us all and we all loved 
Drummer. More Drummers and this 
world would be a happier place. 

Nesta Morrah. 

Those of us in Ilkley who have known 
Drummer for the past fourteen years had 
come to love and admire him. He was 
a unique character and we shall all miss 
his cheery smile and his marvellous sense 
of humour. 

Donald Pearson. 

In the passing of Drummer Downs, we 
older St. Dunstaners have lost a highly 
esteemed friend. Without a doubt the 
most deservedly popular of the First War 
men, his contribution by way of service 
to St. Dunstaners of both wars was out- 

Between the wars when unemployment 
was grim and life for many of us a struggle 
we can now hardly remember, Drummer 
helped many a man, and not only St. 
Dunstaners. It was the same during the 
war; he carried on through all the dangers 
and difficulties with his customary cheer- 
fulness. His typical reply when a fellow 
St. Dunstaner offered him and his wife 
a fortnight in the country at the height of 
the blitz — " Blimey, what will happen to 
London if I leave ? " And he stayed. 

And in the difficult days after the war 
it was to Drummer one turned to in need, 
and seldom in vain. He was always ready 
to help whoever needed it and his easy, 
natural manner was the same to all-comers, 
whoever they were. 

Associated as I was with him through 
the Appeals Department, in many activities 
for and with St. Dunstan's, I have come 
to the conclusion that, after his extra- 
ordinary kindness of heart, his outstanding 
charactership was good sportsmanship. I 
cannot imagine a better loser, or for that 
matter, a better winner. I remember in 
the early days Sir Arthur Pearson addressing 
us. " Remember," he said, " St. Dunstan's 
is yours; look after it and keep its name 
high." I am sure he would have felt that 
Drummer had made a good job of it. 
Bob Young. 


From All Quarters 

E. West, of Egham, collected one first 
prize, two seconds and five third prizes 
at the local Chrysanthemum Show in 

• • * 

John Windsor, of Vancouver Island, 
British Columbia, has given up his work 
on the local Council so as to devote more 
time to writing; he has had several talks 
accepted by the Canadian radio network 
and now has a play being considered. 

• • • 

W. Griffiths, of Blackburn, was placed 
third in the Baritone Class at Colne Musical 
Festival on December 5th, and was awarded 
a Certificate. He was only two marks 
behind the winner. The adjudicator was 
Miss Isobel Baillie. 

• • • 

J. Humphrey has been appointed Senior 
Physiotherapist at the Royal Victoria Hos- 
pital, Belfast. 

• • • 

Our New Zealander, James E. May, 
writes: " The Reunion in Melbourne was a 
memorable occasion. Many happy mem- 
ories were revived with friends I had not 
seen for over forty years. St. Dunstan's 
is a great brotherhood, and we must ensure 
that the younger men carry on our tradi- 

• • • 

Through the Rector, Canon H. S. Verrells, 
a donation has been sent to St. Dunstan's 
Appeals Department from the Parish of 
Ringsfield. Canon Verrells wrote: "Mr. 
Horace Elsey is an old and good friend 
to this little country parish. In gratitude 
for his many kindnesses we send a small 
Christmas gift to St. Dunstan's. Mr. Elsey 
is greatly respected in this whole neighbour- 
hood and is an excellent ambassador for 
St. Dunstan's." 

• • • 

It was good to have news from J. E. 
Ellis, of Cape Town. Jimmy writes: "I 
am happy to say that I am settled into my 
new job as National Public Relations Officer 
for the S.A. National Council for the Blind. 
Everyone has given me a very cordial 
welcome into the National Institute and 
I am very pleased to say that in these 
earlier months I have been something like 
King Midas from the point of view of 
fund-raising; long may it continue." 

Long may it, indeed, Jimmy. 

S. Allott, of Hornsea, near Hull, who is 
an enthusiastic pigeon fancier, won the 
Young Birds Cup of the Hornsea and East 
Riding Homing Society and was presented 
with his trophy at the Society's annual 
dinner last month. 

• • • 

From the Blackburn Evening Telegraph, 
December 21st, 1959: 

Blackburn baritone, " Bill " Griffiths, is 
lucky to be alive to-day. And one of the 
people whom he has to thank for his 
miracle escape is a former military hospital 
matron in Java, Mrs. M. A. de Jonge, now 
living in Holland. 

Eighteen years ago, when he was only 
21, Bill lost his sight and his hands when a 
booby trap in a Japanese ammunition dump 
blew up. His life was despaired of but he 
was nursed back to health in the hospital 
of which Mrs. de Jonge was matron. 

She lost contact with him for some time 
but through Mr. Andrew Crichton, who 
worked in the Consulate Service in Java, 
she traced Mr. Griffiths to Blackburn. 

Mrs. de Jonge has just ended a flying 
visit to Mr. Griffiths at his attractive 
Queen's Road home. 

The daughter of a former Governor 
General of the Dutch East Indies, she 
received her elementary education along 
with Queen Juliana and two other girls 
in the Palace at The Hague. 


Walton. — On December 14th, to the wife 
of J. B. K. Walton, of Grindon, Sunder- 
land, a daughter. The little girl is their 
sixth child and the sixth daughter. 


Our deep sympathy is sent to the 

following : 

Cooper. — To Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Cooper, 
of Bridlington, on the death of their 
fourteen year old grand-daughter, Helen, 
on November 7th. Helen had been an 
invalid since early childhood. 

Cunningham. — -To W. E. Cunningham, of 
Liverpool, whose sister died suddenly 
at the beginning of December. 

Rasmussen. — To C. Rasmussen, of Aus- 
tralia, who lost his wife last September. 
Our St. Dunstaner will be 85 next May 
and is shortly to enter hospital. 

Williamson. — To W. M. Williamson, of 
Denton, near Manchester, whose brother 
died at the beginning of December. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

In a week's time I shall be starting 
another year of lecturing to cadets in a 
local A.T.C. Squadron. This has prompted 
me to write of my experience in this work 
in the hope that some St. Dunstaners, 
whose lives have settled into a pleasant 
but perhaps dull routine, would like to 
find some outside interest and, at the same 
time, help boys in this rewarding way. 

I thought about it for a long time before 
I eventually contacted the local R.A.F. 
recruiting office, who put me in touch 
with the CO. of this small Squadron. I 
was warmly welcomed as a lecturer in 
armaments and explosives and lately I have 
changed to jet engines. At first this meant 
a lot of work for my wife in reading and 
dictating to me from manuals so that I 
could get it into braille. After that it was 
up to myself to learn it — an odd note or 
two on some special point is all I need 
now before I stand in front of the boys. 

A year ago when I changed to jet engines 
(which I knew nothing about), I borrowed 
a tape recorder from St. Dunstan's which 
was a great help. My wife recorded when 
she could during the day and I played it 
back in the evenings. 

Just a word about the pleasant social 
side — -a drink with my fellow lecturers at 
our home-made bar in Squadron H.Q., 
and occasionally allowing wives to join 
us for a " get-together." 

I do hope some of the chaps will find the 
confidence to start on something like this, 
as the A.T.C. (and other Services) are 
always short of keen lecturers. 

Yours sincerely, 
Reading. J. Shonfield. 

Dear Editor, 

Recently I got in touch with the Con- 
sumers' Advisory Council to see if they 
could help me in any way with a shop- 
keeper who had sold me goods which 
weren't perfect and for which I had paid 
the proper price. The shopkeeper had 
inspected them previously but had just 
passed the matter off, so I got in touch with 
the C.A.C. 

I had a form to fill in, giving details, 
and eventually the shopkeeper heard from 
them. To cut a long story short, I got 
some satisfaction but my point is this. 

Maybe other St. Dunstaners have been sold 
shoddy goods. If they get in touch with 
this Council, it will do its best to get things 
put right, but of course the shopkeeper 
cannot be forced to replace goods. 

Yours sincerely, 
Morecambe. (Mrs.) M. Stanway, 

Dear Editor, 

About the middle of 1909 I went to 
work as an apprentice at a small cabinet- 
maker's shop. Not very far from the 
workshop we had a small showroom which 
was used to show the furniture we had 
made. As I was the youngest apprentice 
it was my job every Saturday morning to 
go along to wash the windows outside 
and inside, and I did this each week until 
about 1913, when another apprentice took 

In the early 1920's, after I had finished 
my training at St. Dunstan's, my wife 
and I took over this very same shop and 
I did my boot-repairing in a small room 
at the back, while my wife had the main 
shop for hardware and brushes. As usual, 
once again, every Saturday morning I took 
over the job of cleaning the windows on 
the outside — as I knew every inch of them 
it was no difficulty for me. 

Opposite our shop was a branch of the 
C.W.S. Grocery Store and one Saturday 
morning as I was cleaning the windows 
I overheard two women talking outside 
the store. " I thought that man was 
supposed to be blind," I heard one of them 
say, " He's washing those windows; I don't 
believe it! " 

At that time I had very good hearing 
and I mentioned the conversation to my 
wife. Thereupon we decided after that 
day to engage a window cleaner as we were 
a little afraid that if I carried on doing them 
myself it may have started a lot more talk. 

Yours sincerely, 
Mens ton, near Ilkley. F. J. Guiseley. 


The Mayor of Winchester was the Chief 
Guest at the annual dinner of the Minden 
Rose Lodge when the Lodge's senior 
member, Bro. W. Lowings, presided. Our 
St. Dunstaner made a tray which was 
presented to the Mayor (Councillor Mrs. 
P. A. T. Lowden) and later Mrs. Lowings 
was presented with a clock in recognition 
of her help to her husband. 


Talking Book Library 
A Hangover from 1959 

Four books this month which those 
addicted to very light reading will be un- 
likely to enthuse over. 

" Darkness no Darkness," by Father 
R. Raynes, and " The Light of the World," 
by Father Andrew, reader Andrew Timothy, 
are bound together in one book of religious 
meditations which need to be read several 
times to get into the mind of the meditator. 
Cat. No. 508. 

"A Reed Shaken by the Wind," by 
Gavin Maxwell, reader Duncan Carse, is 
an unusual travel book, telling of a trip 
by boat in the swamps of Iraq and throwing 
out in the process many quaint historical 
sidelights. An interesting 20th century 
trip in an atmosphere almost biblical. Cat. 
No. 383. 

" Framley Parsonage," by Anthony Trol- 
lope, reader Eric Giflett, concerns the ups 
and downs of the Rector, Mark Robarts, 
his wife, Fanny, and his sister, Lucy. There 
are two social sets in the young Rector's 
world and quite naturally he slips into the 
wrong one. The account of his calamitous 
slipping and his subsequent restoration to 
the proper clique is humorous and un- 
obtrusively rather touching. Lady " L," 
in whose gift Mark's living is, proves 
not to be the dragon she is at first painted, 
and finally love is triumphant and all 
vicissitudes are shrugged away. Cat. No. 

" Goodbye to all That," by Robert 
Graves, reader Derek McCulloch, is a 
short patch of autobiography by the well- 
known poet. I believe this book was 
written in the late twenties, and it covers 
the author's schooldays, his wartime ex- 
periences and some difficult, uncertain 
years afterwards. Among others, Lawrence 
of Arabia was one of his close friends. 
Finally he settled down in a Chair at Cairo 
University. I doubt the book sold much, 
but I'm sure it did the author good to 
get it down on paper and out of his svstem. 
Cat. No. 531. 


Family News 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On December 30th, 1959, Richard Martin, 
Bray, Co. Wicklow, to Miss Angela Whelan. 


Very many thanks to all St. Dunstaners 
and their wives, both in this country and 
overseas, for your good wishes which I 
so much appreciate. I wish that a personal 
word of thanks could be sent to each one 
of you. 

I hope the New Year will bring you 
much happiness and good health. 


Matron Avison thanks all the St. Dun- 
staners and their wives who have sent her 
such lovely Christmas cards and calendars. 
She wishes them all a very happy and 
successful New Year. 

On behalf of everyone in the Southern 
Area Office at Headquarters, may I thank 
all who sent us Christmas greetings. It 
is always such a pleasure to receive these 
and we would have liked to have written to 
each family personally, but some three 
hundred letters would not reach you as 
quickly as a " thank you " in the Review. 

We send you our wishes for good health 
and happiness in the coming year and we 
should like to give a special thought to 
those Southern Area St. Dunstaners who, 
unfortunately, do not always enjoy the 
best of health. 

P. J. Rogers. 

Northerners — Thank you all very much 
indeed for the hundreds of beautiful Christ- 
mas cards wishing me and my staff seasonal 
greetings. The cards were so numerous 
that it would be impossible to answer them 
individually. I hope that you will accept 
this acknowledgement. I am most appreci- 
ative of being remembered at this time in 
this kind way. I wish you all a very happy 
and prosperous New Year. 


Dear Northerners, 

Again so many of you, your wives and 
families have remembered me this Christmas 
and sent charming greetings and letters that 
I must ask you to allow me to send my 
best thanks through the Review. It was 
grand to hear from you. I hope to answer 
letters in due course. A wonderful New 
Year to you all and to all St. Dunstaners 
everywhere who did not forget 

" M.K.W." 


Manchester Club Notes 

The Club completed its year of activities 
for 1959 on December 16th, when the 
Christmas dinner party was held at the 
Wellington Hotel, which is the Club's 

Members and their wives and escorts 
were pleased to welcome as guests Miss 
(Matron) B. Vaughan Davies, Miss P. W. 
Everett, Welfare Visitor, Mr. J. F. Brady 
(Estates) and Mrs. Brady, Mr. Brewer 
(Baskets) and Mrs. Brewer. 

A message of greetings and good wishes 
was received from Mrs. E. M. Dunphy, 
of Devon, former Secretary of the Club, 
who also forwarded a donation. This 
message was received with acclamation and 

The menu was read by Miss Everett. 
Grace was said by Miss Vaughan Davies, 
after which full justice was given to the 
beautifully prepared full Christmas dinner 
served by the hotel staff. 

Four prizes given by the Club, and one 
each from Miss Everett and Miss Vaughan 
Davies, were drawn for. 

The Chairman, Mr. H. W. Bramley, 
expressed a sincere welcome to the guests 
and seasonal greetings to all present. 
The rest of the evening was " free and easy," 
as the white-coated waiter was busy with 
his tray and Mrs. Bramley provided music 
on the piano. An excellent function 
enjoyed by all. 

• • • 

The Annual General Meeting was held 
on January 6th when the activities under- 
taken during 1959 were reviewed. The 
following appointments were made: 

President: Mr. J. Mooney; Chairman: 
Mr. H. W. Bramley; Vice-Chairman and 
Games Steward : Mr. H. Frost ; Hon. Treasurer : 
Mr. W. McCarthy; Hon. Secretary: Mr. J. 

Club meetings will continue to be held 
on the first and third Wednesdays in each 
month, and the Committee extend a hearty 
welcome to all St. Dunstaners living 
reasonably near to Manchester to become 
members and come along to the Wellington 
Hotel, 6(a) Nicholas Croft, Manchester 4, 
at 7 p.m. The hotel is along High Street 
from Piccadilly, or along Withy Grove 
from Corporation Street. 

J. Shaw, 

Hon. Secretary. 

Sutton Club Notes 

We held our Christmas Party on Decem- 
ber 19th, when Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Lloyds 
and Mr. Wills attended as our honoured 
guests. Our President, Lady Onslow, was 
unavoidably unable to be with us as she 
was indisposed. All members and their 
families spent a very jolly afternoon which 
included tea with two large iced cakes. 
The children had a fancy dress contest. 

As we commence another year we shall 
be pleased to see new faces among our 
members — this means any St. Dunstaner 
in the Surrey area, man or woman. 

Our next meeting is on February 20th, 
from 2.0 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. at the Sutton 
Adult School Hall, Benhill Avenue, Sutton. 
(The 154 'bus passes the door). For 
further information please get in touch 
with me at 74 Waddon Court Road, West 
Croydon, or telephone me at CRO 0596. 

Ted Dudley, 


Ewell Walk 

The Sutton and London Clubs took part 
in a 2-mile Walk on Saturday, December 
5th, at the L.C.C. Playing Fields, kindly 
lent by Mr. L. Plant. The Metropolitan 
Police and Epsom and Ewell Harriers acted 
as escorts. Superintendent James was in 
charge of arrangements. Mr. W. Harris 
was unfortunately prevented from attend- 
ing but framed a most successful handicap. 

Lady Onslow came to the Walk for which 
Captain B. Wildish, Royal Navy, acted as 
starter. Mrs. Wildish presented the prizes. 
It is hoped to have another 2-mile Walk 
at Ewell on Saturday, March 12th. 


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Continued on page 9 





Ewell Walk — Cont. from 
Handicap Prizes 

F. Madgwick 23.39 6.20 



G. Reed 
E. Cookson 



1st C. Stafford 25.24 

1st Unplaced Novice: 

John Taylor 24.26 



Cardiff Club 

The Cardiff Club held their annual 
Christmas Dinner at the Bristol Hotel, 
Cardiff, on January 9th. Our happy party 
enjoyed real Christmas fare, roast turkey, 
etc., beautifully cooked and served. Glasses 
were raised in a toast to Her Majesty the 
Queen, and birthday greetings were passed 
on to our member, Mr. David Williams, 
who attains the age of 65 and is still going 
strong. Our absent members, through ill- 
ness, were not forgotten. 

Music was provided by a pianist engaged 
for the evening and almost every member 
gave a song, old or new; dancing and games 
went on until 11 o'clock. There were 
prizes in all events to lucky winners. 

Our Chairman brought a happy evening 
to a close, reminding everyone that the 
Club meets on the first Saturday in each 
month. Old and new members are wel- 

Arthur Lane, Hon. Secretary. 

Ruby Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Walch, of Saltdean, 
December 13th; Mr. and Mrs. T. Callaghan, 
of Woodbridge, Suffolk, December 24th; 
Mr. and Mrs. Madieson, of Brighton, 
January 1st, and Mr. Madieson wants to 
say: " We've been together now for forty 
years, and it don't seem a day too much, 
etc., as the song goes." 

Many congratulations to all six. 

Silver Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. R. Lowrie, of Portslade, 
December 29th. Congratulations. 


A. C. Brignall, of Brighton. A great- 
grandson was born last November when 
our St. Dunstaner was 69 and he asks, 
" Who is the youngest great-grandfather 
at St. Dunstan's ?" 


P. Bargery, Grays; C. E. Temperton, 
Hull (the eighth grandchild); J. Mitchell, 
Leith (the tenth); G. J. Maskell, Hunmanby 
(the thirteenth); P. Sheridan, Wishaw (the 
thirty- third). 

"Jilt Mtttiar\j" (continued from page 10) 

Drummer Nathaniel Downs, Loyal North Lanes. Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of N. Downs, of Hanwell, known throughout St. Dunstan's 
as " Drummer." He was 67. He passed away peacefully at Ovingdean on January 4th. 

When Drummer was wounded in France in 1915, he had already served for nearly eight years in the 
Army — he had joined in 1908 at the age of sixteen. His injuries included the loss of his sight, amputation 
of his lower right arm and the almost complete loss of his left hand. 

He came to St. Dunstan's in 1916. For a short while he had a business, but in 1923 he joined the 
Appeals Staff and there he remained, one of its most popular members, until his retirement two years ago. 
Drummer's many interests included the Bridge Club, of which he was a founder member and of which he 
was for many years secretary. During the last two years his health had not been good and he had stayed 
at the Ovingdean Home for long periods, to the great pleasure of his many friends there, both new and old, 
and of the members of the staff. 

The funeral took place at Greenford Park Cemetery on Friday, January 8th. The coffin was covered 
with the Union Jack and the service was taken by the Rev. F. E. Spurway, who had known Drummer for 
so many years. 

A party of fourteen of his St. Dunstaner friends travelled from Brighton to attend the funeral and 
there were many from the London area, including members of the London Club and of the Bridge Club. 
Mr. A. D. Lloyds and several members of the staff were present. The Appeals Department was represented 
by Mr. J. Pringle, Mr. J. Boyd (Brighton Appeals Office) and Drummer's old friend and colleague, Mr. 
Robert Young. Mrs. Spurway, Miss Hensley, the Hon. Ruth Scott and Mr. Jack Armstrong were also among 
the many who were present. 

Drummer lost his wife in November, 1948, and our deep sympathy goes out to his daughter, Irene, 
and his grand-daughter, with whom he had lived when he was in London, and to all the other relatives and 
friends who mourn his loss. 


"fit JlUmarg' 

Private Samuel Betney, Royal Worcestershire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of S. Betney, of Nuneaton, at the age of 67. 

He saw service in the 1914-18 war with the Royal Worcestershire Regiment and in the Second World 

War was a member of Nuneaton Corporation Fire Guard. He was injured in June, 1942, whilst fire-watching 

and he came to St. Dunstan's seven years later. Owing to his age and ill-health, he was never able to undertake 


He leaves a widow and three grown-up children to whom we send our deep sympathy. 

Private William Victor Clampett, Labour Corps 

We record with deep regret the death of W. V. Clampett, of Luton. He died in hospital on January 
1st at the age of 61. 

Enlisting in April 1915, he served until November 1st, 1918, and came to St. Dunstan's the following 
year where he trained in home crafts, specialising in baskets. He continued his craft right up to last November 
and was very hopeful of carrying on after Christmas. He was, however, admitted to hospital where he died 
a week later. 

To his widow and family we offer our very sincere sympathy. 

Private Peter Norman Crane, 1st Oxfordshire and 'Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 

With deep regret we record the death of P. N. Crane, of Penketh, Warrington, at the early age of 44. 

He served with his regiment from 1943 until 1944 when he was injured in action in Normandy. He 
then came to St. Dunstan's. 

He trained first as an upholsterer and followed this occupation from 1947 until 1950. He changed 
soon after this to assembly work in industry but in 1958 he was compelled to give this up also as a result of 
his ill-health. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his widow and two sons. 

Private William Richard Evans, Royal Welch Fusiliers 
It is with deep regret that we record the death on January 10th of W. R. Evans, of Rhyl. He was 67. 
His service with the Army was from May, 1915, until July, 1916, but it was not until July, 1953, 

that he came to St. Dunstan's and he was then not able to undertake any training owing to his age and poor 

health. He had been seriously ill for about a year. 

Our sincere sympathy is sent to his widow and family. 

Private John Francey, Royal Engineers^ 
We record with deep regret the death of J. Francey, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. He was 77. 
Enlisting in December, 1915, he served until August, 1919, but was not admitted to St. Dunstan's 
benefits until as recently as February, 1957, when his age forbade any training. 
He was a widower and leaves no children. 

Private William Reed, 7th Welsh Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. Reed, of Barry, South Wales, at the age of 64. 

He served with his regiment from the outbreak of war in 1914 until September of the following 
year. He entered St. Dunstan's in December, 1937, and trained in wool rug-making and netting and he was 
able to make these articles for our Stores until 1945, when ill-health forced him to give up. He had been 
seriously ill for the past year and he died at his home on Sunday, January 10th. 

Our deep sympathy goes to his widow and daughter. 

Private Harold Nelson Derby, East Yorkshire Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death of H. N. Derby, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was 69. 
He served from August, 1914, until March, 1916. He was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915 but did 
not come to St. Dunstan's until March, 1952, his age then precluding any training. Until recently he had 
enjoyed very good health and his death was sudden and unexpected. 

He was a bachelor and our sympathy is extended to his relatives. 

{Continued on page 9) 

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For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 478— Volume XLIV 


Price 3d. Monthly. 

[Frf.e to St. Dunstan's Men] 

H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester at St. Dunstan's 

ON Thursday, January 21st, St. Dunstan's, Ovingdean, was honoured by a visit from 
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. 
On his arrival at the Centre at half past two, His Royal Highness was received 
by Sir Neville Pearson, bt., President of St. Dunstan's, and Lady Pearson. With the Duke, 
who was accompanied by his Private Secretary, Major M. Hawkins, m.v.o., m.b.e., was the 
Lord Lieutenant of the County of Sussex, His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, k.g., p.c, g.c.v.o., 
His Worship the Mayor of Brighton, Alderman E. W. Kippin, j.p., and the Town Clerk, 
Mr. W. O. Dodd, ll.b. 

Sir Neville Pearson then presented to His Royal Highness Mr. A. D. Lloyds, Secretary 
of St. Dunstan's, Commandant L. Fawcett, Matron F. Ramshaw, Matron R. Avison and 
Dr. J. O'Hara, Medical Officer to the Brighton Homes. 

Conducted by our President and the Commandant, the Duke made a detailed tour 
of the Ovingdean Centre, first examining the model of the Home on the ground floor, then 
going up to the Winter Garden where he saw St. Dunstaners playing darts, bridge and 
dominoes and where Mr. George Fallowfield, Mr. Peter Harris, and Miss L. Carlton, 
Assistant Matron, were presented to him. On the fourth floor he watched St. Dunstaners 
reading and writing braille, typewriting, and working at handicrafts, and here three St. 
Dunstaner Instructors were presented to His Royal Highness — Messrs. E. Killingbeck, b.e.m., 
Leslie White and J. Walch — and two sighted teachers, Miss M. Byolin and Mrs. 
M. K. Austin. 

Our Royal visitor then saw the Dormitories and the Engineering and joinery Workshops 
where Mr. F. Ralph, St. Dunstaner Instructor, Mr. D. Brett, a handless St. Dunstaner who 
is a joiner, Mr. R. Dow, who is now re-training for industry, and Mr. F. J. Hawkins, 
Instructor, were presented to him. 

Parties from Pearson House and the Girls' Hostel awaited His Royal Highness in the 
Lounge and our oldest St. Dunstaner in this country, 90 years-old Mr. S. Wain, and Mr. J. 
Evans, both from Pearson House, and Miss E. Whiteman, St. Dunstaner of the First War 
and now living permanently at Port Hall, with Matron E. T. Babonau, were all presented. 
The Duke then moved forward to speak to Mr. J. Boyd, First War St. Dunstaner, in his 
chair, and Mr. M. Aldridge, who is only twenty-three and is preparing for entrance to a 


Lastly the Duke inspected an exhibition of devices and aids and before he left the building, 
met again Mr. George Rees, Hall Porter at Ovingdean, who was his mess sergeant when 
they were serving with the 20th Armoured Brigade in East Anglia in 1941-43. 

His Royal Highness expressed to our President, Sir Neville Pearson, his great pleasure 
and interest in his visit and Sir Neville has since received the following message from the 
Duke's Private Secretary, Major Hawkins: 

" The Duke of Gloucester was most impressed by all he saw at Ovingdean yesterday. 
I might add that he was genuinely disappointed he was not able to stay longer and see more 
of the wonderful work that St. Dunstan's is carrying out." 

The Royal Tournament 


Trooping the Colour Ceremony 

We are hoping that a few complimentary 
tickets for the Royal Tournament and the 
Trooping the Colour ceremony will be 
presented to St. Dunstan's and I shall be 
pleased to receive applications from any 
men who wish to attend this year should 
tickets again be forthcoming. As usual, 
if there are more applications than tickets, 
we will hold a ballot and notify everybody 
concerned nearer the time. 

The tickets we receive for the Royal 
Tournament are usually for an afternoon 
performance in the middle of the week. 
C. D. Wills. 

St. Dunstan's Camp 

The Royal Naval Barracks, 

Lee-on-Solent, Hants. 

The invitation to a party of fifty St. 
Dunstaners to spend a week at the Royal 
Naval Barracks, Lee-on-Solent, has just 
come through. The date: Friday, August 
19th, to Saturday, August 27th. I shall 
be glad to have your entries as soon as 
possible. Camp fee: £2. Rail fares re- 
funded over first £1. 

(Mrs.) A. Spurway, 
The Vicarage, Holmwood, Dorking. 
Tel. Dorking 73191. 

Windsor Reunion, April 9th 

Don't forget G. Eustace and myself will 
be running coaches as last year from 
Kingston and Croydon for the Windsor Re- 
union on April 9th. Anyone wishing to 
come on these coaches please telephone 
either George at DERwent 6471 or myself 
at CROydon 0596 after 6 p.m. any evening. 

E. Dudley. 
• • • 

To any St. Dunstaner living in or around 
the Guildford/ Woking district who would 
like to join a coach which is being run 
from Guildford for the Windsor Reunion 
on April 9tb — arrangements will be made 
to pick up at strategic points along the 

route. If you are interested please contact 
A. C. Mitchell, 7 Ellis Avenue, Onslow 
Village, Guildford (Telephone Guildford 


Kelvin Gatrell, St. Dunstaner, and a 
member of St. Dunstan's staff for nineteen 
years, retired on January 31st. 

Mr. Gatrell, who came to St. Dunstan's 
in 1917 and trained originally as a home 
craftsman, took up telephony soon after 
the outbreak of the 1939-45 war and in 
February, 1941, became telephonist first at 
Ovingdean, then at Longmynd, Church 
Stretton, and again at Ovingdean on our 
return there. 

In recent months he has not enjoyed 
good health and he is, in fact, in hospital 
as we write. 

His St. Dunstaner friends everywhere, 
and his fellow members on the staff, will 
send him good wishes for a speedy recovery 
and for many years of quiet contentment 
and happiness in the retirement which he 
has so well earned. 

Sutton Club Notes 

The Sutton Club is now in full swing 
again for the New Year and I should 
like to remind all members that the games 
are now in progress. If any new members 
care to come along to the Adult School 
Hall we shall be pleased to see them and 
give them the full " gen." on the games 
and other matters which were discussed 
at the A.G.M. 

Ted Dudley, Chairman. 

Two Mile Walk 

There will be a Two Mile Walk on 
Saturday, March 12th, from the L.C.C. 
Sports Ground, Ewell East, starting at 
3 p.m. Entries from novices welcomed. 
(Mrs.) A. Spurway. 

Braille Reading Tests 

Repeat Senior Braif/e Test : Beryl Sleigh, 
Hampstead, N.W.3. 

Senior Braille Test : W. Robinson, Welby, 


London Club Notes 

The 13th Annual General Meeting of the 
London Club was held at 191 Marylebone 
Road, on Thursday, January 28th. The 
meeting was presided over by Mr. A. D. 

The Committee Members were elected 
as follows: Messrs. G. P. Brown, W. 
Harding, W. Miller, S. Webster. 

From Mr. Peter Nye 

I wish to thank all my St. Dunstaner 
friends for the very nice travelling clock 
which was given to me on leaving St. 
Dunstan's service. The kind thoughts of 
everybody, and the many good wishes which 
have been sent to me are very much 

I have been very happy in my work at 
St. Dunstan's and I shall always be proud 
of having worked for such a grand set 
of chaps. 

I hope to keep in touch with St. Dunstan's 
in the future and would be pleased to hear 
from any of my friends at any time. 

Peter B. Nye. 
L,ongmynd, Leek Wootton, Warwick. 

The Youngest Great-Grandfather ? 

H. Driver, of Colne, has two great- 
grandchildren at the age of 66. This beats 
A. C. Brignall (69). 

• • * 

Three increases in the E. Boswell, of 
Gainsborough, family recently — two great- 
grandchildren and a grand-child. 


H. Morris, of Welling — his younger 
son's wife gave birth to a baby in France 
on December 27th; a second daughter has 
been born to the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
A. T. Hedger, of Chatham. Josephine 
lives in Ottawa; J. C. Whitley, of East 
Wellow, near Romsey, a grandson; J. 
Roden, of Blackpool (the seventh grand- 
child); A. Anderson, of Lethum, Angus, his 
daughter in Canada has had a little girl — a 
sister for three brothers. 

Family News 
Our sympathy goes out to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. Matthews, of Mitcham, in the loss of 
Mrs. Matthew's father on December 23rd. 

• • • 

At twelve years old, Barbara, the grand- 
daughter of J. G. Howes, of Thornaby-on- 
Tees, holds three cups and several medals 
for roller-skating. 

From All Quarters 

J. A. Dix, of Cryers Hill, Buckingham- 
shire, one of our poultry farmers, was in 
the B.B.C. programme, " In Town To- 
night," on Saturday, January 30th. The 
story of " Jock's " success in running his 
farm was described in the Guardian on 
January 18th. 

• • • 

E. M. Goundrill, of Keyingham, near 
Hull, has been elected Chairman of the 
local branch of the British Legion. 

• * • 

H. W. Greatrex, of Peacehaven, has been 
invited by the Minister of Power to become 
a member of the South Eastern Gas Con- 
sultative Committee and he has accepted. 
This is a tribute to our St. Dunstaner's 
public work, for it is the Minister's personal 
duty under the Gas Act, 1948, to make such 

• • • 

G. W. R. Shepherd, of Pangbourne, is 
Vice-President of the local branch of the 
British Legion and his wife, June, is Vice- 
Chairman and Standard-Bearer of the 
Women's Branch. 

• • • 

W. (Dicky) Richardson, our handless 
St. Dunstaner, succeeds Kel Gatrell as 
telephonist at Ovingdean. 

• • • 

Frank Hawes, who is County Appeals 
Organiser for the R.N.I. B. (Derbyshire), 
was the subject of a long article in the 
Derby livening Telegraph on January 29th. 

• • • 

Among those present at the funeral of 
our old friend, Drummer, was Dennis 
Deacon, who will be remembered as a boy 
scout at the Bungalow and who subsequently 
became a special friend and escort of 
Drummer, particularly at Camps. 

• • • 

W. E. Harris, of Ipswich, who is bed- 
ridden, and has for many years acted as 
Secretary of the Radio Amateur Invalids and 
Bedfast Club, and Editor of the Club's 
magazine, has now given up this office 
and his son, Bill, has taken over his duties. 
In recognition of Mr. Harris's past services 
he has been elected Vice-President of the 
Club, which brings so much interest and 
pleasure to severely handicapped radio 
amateurs in all parts of the United Kingdom. 
(An article of interest to prospective 
" hams " appears on page 6). 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

I was very sorry to hear about my old 
pal, Drummer Downs, as we went to the 
same school — Netley Street, Hampstead 
Road, and we were both in the same choir 
together — St. James' Church, Hampstead 
Road, which was bombed during the last 
war. He was my best friend and a great 
help to me when I was in the Bungalow 
in Regent's Park. 

Yours sincerely, 
Addlestone, Surrey. Jimmy Moeller. 

Dear Editor, 

It is with profound regret I read of the 
passing of an old friend and comrade, 
" Drummer Downs." He was a great 
and likeable fellow, very ready to help and 
cheer one along a sometimes stormy passage. 
I shall always remember him for the sound 
advice he gave me when I first became 
a St. Dunstaner, and have at all times tried 
to line up to it — a high standard indeed. 
Goodbye, old pal. Rest in peace. 
Falmouth. Charlie H. G. Coster. 

Dear Editor, 

Our Chairman's fine tribute to the late 
Drummer Downs brings back memories 
to me of many years ago. My sisters knew 
Drummer quite well in his schoolboy days, 
particularly as a choir boy at the old St. 
James' Church, Hampstead Road, N.W.I. 
He joined the Army at the age of 16 and 
was not heard of again until one day in 1916 
my sister met one of Drummer's relations 
who gave her a leaflet, the heading of which 
read, " Stand aside — a hero is passing," 
and then followed in poetical verse the 
story of how Drummer Downs, through 
war injuries, lost sight and limbs for free- 

I wonder if there are any St. Dunstaners 
of those early days who remember this 
leaflet, which takes my mind back to that 
tribute in life and now also in death. Both 
were so well deserved. 

Yours sincerely, 
Saltdean, Sussex. W. Seymour. 

Dear Editor, 

I suppose I knew Drummer when he 
first came to St. Dunstan's, as well as, or 
better than anyone, as he was in my Ward — 
No. 2 — where most of the men with one 

arm and head injuries were put. He was 
a most cheerful and lovable character and 
I don't ever remember seeing him in a bad 
temper, or even losing his temper. 

When he first arrived, Drummer could 
do very little for himself and had to be 
bathed, washed, dressed and generally 
looked after as the stumps on what we 
called his good arm were very tender, but 
as time passed, he was able to do little 
things for himself, and as you know 
eventually became almost independent. 

He was never any trouble and most 
grateful for what was done for him, and he 
was so likeable that it was a great pleasure 
to do things for him. (Mr. Taylor goes on to 
tell of examples of Drummer's cheerfulness and 

I could go^ on talking about Drummer 
for hours but must not take up any more 
of your time. I know you will excuse 
this rather long letter but writing it has 
brought back many memories, some of 
which were very happy ones. 

Yours sincerely, 

A. E. Taylor. 

(Mr. Ernie Taylor came to St. Dunstan's 
in 1915 as a Red Cross orderly, was appointed 
to the Settlement Department in 1919 and was 
Shop Visitor (later Superintendent) from 1924 
until his resignation in 1945). 

Dear Editor, 

You were kind enough to insert an 
article recently about electric blankets, 
telling us all the details of the offer made 
by the Ex-Service Welfare Society, and as 
we were interested, we contacted Mr. Frank 
Pawson, as directed. 

I am very happy to be able to tell you 
that the two electric blankets which we 
purchased have given every possible satis- 
faction, not only to my wife and I, but also 
to my daughter and son-in-law, with whom 
we live. 

We would like to place on record our 
very deep appreciation of the kindness and 
help given to us by Mr. Pawson and to 
thank both him and his company for the 
lovely warmth they have provided us with 
on these cold winter nights. 


Yours sincerely, 

C. Durkin. 


Talking Book Library 
Two Companions for Influenza 

There are only two books to offer this 
month and although neither of them is an 
epic, I found both readable enough. 

" Bid the Soldiers Shoot," by John 
Lodwick, reader Eric Gillett, is a rather 
casual account of the author's war-time 
experiences. Starting in the Foreign Legion, 
he is pushed into Vichy France after avoid- 
ing capture in the early defeat. Eventually 
he scrambles into Spain, from which 
country, if my confused memory serves me 
aright, he manages to join the Commando 
Service. Captured at last in a Mediter- 
ranean island, he passes to Greece and ends 
the war somewhere in Central Europe en 
route for a p.o.w. camp in the Fatherland. 
Grim reality occasionally peeps through 
this racy account and though, as I have said, 
it is no epic, yet it manages to present a 
refreshingly different angle to the usual 
average war-time existence. Cat. No. 528. 

" Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man," by 
Siegfried Sassoon, reader Eric Gillett, is 
exactly what the title says. The author, a 
sensitive poet, whom the 1914-18 war 
reduced to a state of neurosis, writes 
nostalgically when he has recovered, of the 
happy, uncomplicated years before the 
holocaust hit the world, and himself in 

To me the book finished too soon and 
too abruptly but I rather think the previous 
sentence explains why quite adequately. 
Cat. No. 488. 


Canon Walter Gilbert Speight 

A Memorial Service for the late Canon 
W. G. Speight, whose death is reported on 
page 8, was conducted by the Archdeacon 
of Oakham, the Ven. E. N. Millard, at 
Canon Speight's own Church at Braunston. 

The Archdeacon described Canon Speight 
not only as a faithful pastor, but as a man 
of marked courage and determination. 
" To lose sight would have daunted almost 
anyone and defeated a great number. Not 
so with Canon Speight — -he was determined 
to win through and serve others who were 

Silver Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wilkinson, of Hull, 
February 23rd. Congratulations. 

In the News 

Tom Denmead, telephone operator at 
Brentford and Chiswick Borough Employ- 
ment Exchange, had a long chat with the 
Mayor of Brentford and Chiswick when 
Flis Worship visited the Exchange during 
its 50th Jubilee celebrations. A report and 
a photograph of Tommy at his board 
appeared in the local newspaper — " Cheery 
Tommy Denmead," it called him. 
• • • 

From the Hastings Evening Argus, Feb- 
ruary 11th: 

" George Hewett, 60-year-old partially- 
blind ex-St. Dunstaner, of Peacehaven, 
intends taking up the Billy Butlin challenge 
and walk frorn John o'Groats to Land's 
End. ' I am anxious to do what 1 can 
to prove the value of the training at St. 
Dunstan's and the work of Brighton 
Athletic Club where I am a member,' he 

George, a tall, powerfully-built man, only 
took up walking when he joined the 
Brighton Club three years ago. Since then 
he has twice taken part in London to 
Brighton Walks, and three Hastings to 
Brighton events. He has a number of 
fine performances to his credit. 

Mr. Butlin has offered three large cash 
prizes for the Walk, which is due to start 
later this month. 

What does his wife, Muriel, think about 
this? When she heard of Billy Butlin's 
challenge at their home, she looked across 
at her husband and said, ' Why not have 
a go?' 

And that's exactly what the big-hearted 
sportsman intends doing." 

Captain " Jock " Scott 

Jock never missed an opportunity to 
have a word with a deaf comrade and he 
was liked by them all in the old days of West 
House. He had a keen sense of humour, 
slow in telling his story, but there was 
nothing I liked better than his quiet ways 
and I shall miss him in the future. 

G. Fallowfield. 

Pianola Available 

A St. Dunstaner has informed me that he 
has a pianola, with a large number of rolls, 
which he is prepared to pass on to anyone 
who would like to have such an instrument. 

St. Dunstaners who are interested should 
write to me as soon as possible. 

C. D. Wills. 


How to Become a " Ham " 

Amateur radio has been referred to 
several times in the Review in the last 
few years, and I would like to offer one 
or two hints and tips to any fellow St. 
Dunstaners who are thinking of taking up 
this fascinating and exciting hobby. 

To those who are taking up amateur 
radio for the first time I would say at 
once that at least twelve to eighteen months 
of hard graft lie ahead of you before you 
can hope to obtain the necessary licence. 
But do not let this deter you. Look upon 
the task as a challenge, and remember that 
anything worth having is worth a bit of 
time and trouble to achieve. 

Owing to the increasing demand for 
amateur licences the General Post Office, 
which is responsible for these matters, 
decided to tighten up in the granting of 
such licences about two years ago, and it 
is necessary for all applicants to pass an 
examination in elementary electricity and 
to pass a morse test of not less than twelve 
words a minute. 

When you realise that there are now 
over 8,000 licensed amateurs in this country 
alone it becomes obvious that a certain 
amount of training is really necessary if 
we want to avoid utter chaos and confusion 
on the air. You must at least know what 
you are doing and adhere strictly to all 
the rules and regulations laid down for 
the common good. 

To acquire this knowledge everybody 
needs a course of training in several subjects, 
but don't let this worry you. There are 
literally hundreds of people all over the 
country who will be only too willing to 
help you in every way possible. The 
brotherhood which exists between all 
" Hams " has to be experienced before it 
can be believed. 

How to get in touch with these wonderful 
people? Write in the first instance to the 
Radio Society of Great Britain, New Ruskin 
House, Little Russell Street, London, 
W.C.I, who will gladly put you in touch 
with members living in your district, and 
unless I am sadly mistaken these people 
will come round and see you and help 
vou to iron out all your difficulties and 

You will then be on the way to taking 
up a hobby that is unique in itself. It is a 
hobby that you can share with hundreds 
of people in all parts of the world, irrespec- 

tive of their race, colour, creed, sex, or 
social position. Yes, all barriers are down 
in amateur radio. They have even dented 
the language barrier and all " Hams " and 
" Hamettes " have devised a universal 
language of their own so that it is quite 
easy to make contact with someone even 
if you do not know a single word of his 

Now a word of warning. If you once 
get bitten by the radio bug there is no cure 
for it, and your wife might curse the day 
you ever started meddling with radio. 

Never mind, it is a very infectious com- 
plaint and before you know where you are 
she too might get bitten and two licences 
will be needed. One thing about it, when 
she hears you creeping back to bed at 
three o'clock in the morning she will at 
least know where you have been. She 
will know that you have not been on the 
razzle with the boys nor have you been 
chasing another woman. No sir, you are 
in the clear this time. Have a go now, 
and the best of luck to you all. 

John Martin, 

London, W.1 1 . 
Brighton Club Notes 

On December 10th we held the Annual 
General Meeting. Thirty St. Dunstaners 
were present. After the Chairman/Secre- 
tary's report and the financial position had 
been explained and approved, nominations 
were received for election to the 1960 
Committee, the result being as follows : — 

Chairman, F. Rhodes. Vice-Chairman, J. 
Walch, supported by Messrs. Griffiths, 
Martin, and a new member, S. Pike. 

In thanking our various helpers, special 
mention was made of Mrs. Griffiths who' 
through organising the raffle at our monthly 
meetings, made a very valuable addition 
to Club funds; also to Mrs. Comer, Miss 
de Pree and last but by no means least, 
Mr. J. Jarrold. 

On January 20th we held our Annual 
Dinner at the Norfolk Hotel, Brighton, 
when eighty sat down to an excellent 
dinner and thoroughly enjoyed musical 
items by Mr. Joe Walch, the " Osborne 
Trio," and Mr. Killingbeck. 

It was a great pleasure to welcome Miss 
Rogers, Welfare Superintendent for the 
Southern Area, and Commandant and Mrs. 
Fawcett as principal guests. There were 
also our Bowls friends as guests. 

Frank A. Rhodes, Chairman. 


Mr. Alfred Mace 

His many friends will learn with deep 
regret of the death in Australia of Mr 
Alfred Mace, for twenty-eight years St. 
Dunstan's Physiotherapy Superintendent. 

Mr. Mace, who had served as an officer in 
the 2/5th Gloucesters, joined us in 1919 
and became one of the small staff which 
then formed the newly-created After-Care 
Department. He resigned in 1947 and in 
May of that year sailed for Australia, taking 
with him the good wishes of hundreds 
of physiotherapists of the two wars, with 
many of whom he corresponded right up 
to the time of his death. Some had the 
pleasure of meeting him again when he 
came back to this country for a holiday a 
few years ago. 

Lord Fraser spoke to Mr. Mace on the 
telephone during his visit to Australia in 
November. He was then recovering from 
a heart attack. Two months later he was 
again taken ill and he died peacefully in 
hospital on January 27th. 

Physiotherapists of two wars will re- 
member Mr. Mace with affection and 
gratitude and will join his friends on St. 
Dunstan's staff in sending their sincere 
sympathy to Mrs. Mace and her son and 


Hodder. — On January 31st, to the wife of 
W. H. Hodder, of Hull, a son— Philip. 

Miller. — On January 27th, to the wife of 
W. Miller, of Perivale, a daughter — 
Yvette Rosemary. Mr. and Mrs. Miller 
already have eight year old twin 


Potter-Pocock. — On January 30th, H. 
Potter, of Hastings, to Mrs. Pocock. 
They have been family friends for many 
years. They were married at the Salva- 
tion Army Hall and the bride wore her 
Salvation Army uniform. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
following : — 

Beckham. — To E. Beckham, of British 
Columbia, Canada, who has lost his wife. 

Heeley. — To G. H. Heeley, of Leeds, 
whose sister died on January 18th. 

McNicholls. — To J. McNicholls, of Man- 
chester, who has recently lost his sister. 

North. — To T. North, of Walsall, in the 
loss of his sister on January 27th, after 
a short illness. 

Pryor. — To J. Pryor, of Maidstone, whose 
mother passed away just before Christmas 
at the age of 80. 

Robinson. — To Mrs. R. Robinson, of Stoke- 
on-Trent, whose father died on January 

Smith. — To G. Smith, of Guildford, whose 
sister died in January. 

Woollen. — To A. Woollen, of North 
Lancing, whose eldest brother died very 
suddenly on January 25th. He had gone 
to Grays to take up a new post when 
he collapsed and died immediately. 

** Jilt JftctttOrjj" {continued from page 8) 


Lieutenant John Scott, M.M., 5\th Royal Scots 
We deeply regret to announce the death of John (" Jock ") Scott, of Brighton, on January 25th. 
He served in World War I, came to St. Dunstan's in 1926, and subsequently worked as a joiner at 
He was a keen chess player and will be remembered by many friends at Ovingdean. 
He had had poor health for many years and had recently been seriously ill in hospital, but he had been 
home again for some weeks when he suddenly collapsed and died. 

He leaves a widow and married daughter, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. 

J. W. N. Mcintosh, New Zealand Rifle Brigade 

It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of J. W. N. Mcintosh, of Christchurch, New 
Zealand; he was 67. 

He enlisted in March, 1917, was wounded at Bapaume in August, 1918, and came to St. Dunstan's 
in October of that year. He was trained as a masseur and returned to New Zealand in December, 1920, where 
he had a successful practice in Christchurch until his retirement two years ago. He visited England again 
in 1936 with his wife for a holiday. For many years Mr. Mcintosh served on the Executive of the St. Dunstan's 
New Zealand Blinded Servicemen's Association, including a term of three years as President. He was later 
honoured with Life Membership of the Association. " His cheery personality and keen sense of humour 
was always a feature at our reunions. He will be very much missed," writes Mr. Donald McPhee. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Mcintosh and her daughters. 


"|it fj&tmQtg" 

Private William Henry, 4th Gordon Highlanders 

With deep regret we record the death of W. H. (" Jock ") Henry, of Southfields, London, S.W.18. 
He was 66. 

Enlisting in November, 1916, he came to St. Dunstan's upon his discharge from the Army in 
November, 1918; he trained as a shorthand-typist, and as such was employed first by the Board of Trade and 
later at the offices of H.M. Inspector of Taxes until early 1955 when his health began to fail. He was a 
well-known and well-liked member of the London Club and of the Bridge Club where, in spite of his indifferent 
health, he was a regular attender. His St. Dunstaner friends, Mr. F. Jackson, Mr. Sammy Webster, Mr. P. 
Nuyens and Mr. T. Roden were among those at the funeral. Mrs. H. Cook and Mrs. Willis were also present. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Henry and her son. 

Private John Henry Hawkins, Loyal North Lanes, Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death of J. H. Hawkins, of Sidcup. He was 54. He died in hospital 
on February 4th. 

A regular soldier — he had served from December, 1924, until his discharge in May, 1946 — he saw 
active service abroad and was a prisoner of war in the Far East from 1942-1945. As a result of his experiences 
his nervous system was, badly shocked. He came to St. Dunstan's in February, 1948, and learned woodwork 
which he eventually followed at home, and he also did wool rugs and leather-work. 
He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Lieutenant Samuel Charles Jackson, 1 j6th South Staffordshire Regiment 
We deeply regret to announce the death in hospital of S. C. Jackson, of Southwick, on January 22nd. 
He served in World War I, sustaining mustard gas poisoning, and he came to St. Dunstan's in 1951. 
He moved to the Brighton area in 1953. 

He leaves a widow and married son, to whom we extend our deep sympathy. 

A.C.2 Royston John Kittle, Royal Air Force 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of R. J. Kittle, of Ilford, at the age of 59. He 
was a St. Dunstaner of the Second War. 

Enlisting in October, 1942, he left the Royal Air Force in July, 1945, but it was not until ten years 
later that he entered St. Dunstan's. His state of health then ruled out any training and his condition had 
slowly deteriorated although he was still able to get about the house. He died at his home on January 21st. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his widow and her family. Mrs. Kittle's son has entered hospital 
since the death of his father and our thoughts go out to Mrs. Kittle and her daughter-in-law in this further 

Driver Arthur Lane, Royal Engineers Signal Corps 

We have to record with deep regret the death at his home of Arthur Lane, of Cardiff. He was 64. 

He served with his regiment from April, 1916, until April, 1918, and he entered St. Dunstan's 
that year. 

He trained as a poultry-keeper and also took small-scale farming and netting, and in fact, was a small- 
holder from 1922 until 1948. He then made rugs for our Stores and it was not until ill-health compelled him 
to do so in 1959 that he gave this up. He had been very ill for many months. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his wife and grown-up family. 

Lance Sergeant Stewart Horace Manning, Machine Gun Corps 

We deeply regret to announce the death of S. H. Manning, of Northampton, at the age of 64. 

Enlisting in May, 1915, he was a victim of mustard gas in 1918 and was discharged the following 
year. It was not until January, 1954, that he came to St. Dunstan's when, on account of his age and indifferent 
health, serious training was ruled out. He did, however, enjoy hobby training on wool rugs and string bags. 

Whilst on holiday in Brighton last year he was taken seriously ill but on his return home two months 
later, seemed better. His last illness was of short duration, in fact, only three days. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his widow and her daughter, who is in this country, and to her son 
in Australia. 

Lance Corporal Walter Gilbert Speight, 4th Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Canon W. G. Speight, of Braunston 
Vicarage, Oakham, Rutland. He was 65. 

He enlisted in August, 1914, and after being wounded at Boesingc, was discharged from the Army 
in October, 1915, and he came straight to St. Dunstan's. Fie first settled as a poultry-farmer but became drawn 
to the Church as a vocation In 1918 he was appointed by the Church Missionary Society as Principal of their 
School for the Blind in Palamcottah, India, where he stayed for twenty-eight years, first as a layman and then 
as an ordained missionary. He was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal by the Viceroy in January, 1942, for 
his work at Palamcottah. 

On his return to England he was inducted to the living of Stockton-on-Teme, Worcestershire, 
where he stayed until 1951, when he accepted the living at Braunston. 

He was one of St Dunstan's Chaplains and had officiated at several of the Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial 

Oar deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Speight and her family. {continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 



For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 


No. 479— Volume XLIV 

MARCH, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

{Free to St. Du nstan's Men 

The New Prince 

The following telegram was sent on February 19th by our President, Sir Neville Pearson 
bt., to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of the birth of her second son: 

"All members of St. Dunstan's under Your Majesty's gracious Patronage send their 
heartfelt congratulations on this happy day. 


The following reply was received from the Private Secretary to Her Majesty: 

" The Queen, as your Patron, and the Duke of Edinburgh sincerely thank all members 
of St. Dunstan's for their kind message of congratulations on the birth of a son to Her Majesty 
and His Royal Highness." 

Private Secretary. 

How a semi-sighted parish priest tries to compete with his handicap 

by The Revd. A. C. NUGEE, Senior St. Dunstaner Padre 

I HAVE been asked by the Chairman to write this for the Review, but I realise that 
having some sight puts me in a class apart from most of my fellow St. Dunstaners, and 
especially from those of us who, like myself, are parish priests. Their problems may 
be similar to mine but they are much more acute, but their people know they cannot see 
and so react accordingly ; I can see — though not a lot — but I trv to carry on as if I could 
see well and that, at times, leads me into difficulties which perhaps the totally blind do not 
have to face. 

The parish work is dealing with people all day long, in their homes, in the street, 
individually and in groups, and the chief problem is that of recognition. 

And here I am up against the Englishman's — and woman's — instinctive dislike of saying 
who they are. 


APR 6 K$0 


On my first Sunday at Crowthorne, in 1 946, I tried to explain to my people my difficulty 
and said to them, " If you will take a leaf out of the book of the B.B.C. war-time announcers 
and say, ' Good morning, Vicar, and this is so-and-so saying it,' I shall soon get to know 
you." But would they? Only one. I marry someone, shall we say, on a Saturday after- 
noon and talk to the bride's mother in all her best in the vestry, but when I meet her in her 
working clothes on Monday, how am I to recognise her? And of course, she thinks it a 
bit strange if I don't know her at once. I go into a room full of people and probably know 
everyone there but cannot tell who anyone is, and being used to my going about as if I had 
good sight, they do not come up and make themselves known to me. This leads to some 
awkward and amusing moments. As my sight has gone back on me quite a bit recently, 
I have taken to a white stick, more as a warning to people on the road than for protection 
to myself,' and that does help quite a bit. 

What about the conduct of services ? Well, of course, without braille one would be 
absolutely sunk, and with the fixed and regular forms of service of the Church of England, 
not only are the congregation spared from the individual whim and fancy of the minister, 
but the minister soon gets to know by heart the Services and though I always have the braille 
in front of me, I do not read it as I go along. There are snags there of course. My greatest 
fear is that I shall find myself at the altar with the wrong books, and that in fact did happen 
once, with the book for Matins instead of that for the Holy Communion. That morning 
I had to take the whole Service by heart, and when you haven't the braille in front of you 
how easy it is to forget. But the books, generally speaking, are handy in size and it is easy 
to find one's way about in them. But reading braille in the extreme cold when one's fingers 
can hardly feel the dots is no joke, and in the height of summer when one's fingers are sticky 
with perspiration and will not slide over the braille, one's fluency can be reduced very 
considerably. In one's own church one can arrange things to suit oneself. I have had a 
table specially made at a convenient height for reading, from which I can take Matins and 
Evensong, but when I go to other churches the snags are many. The prayer desk is nearly 
always too low for comfortable reading when standing; the slope of the lectern is nearly 
always too upright, the support for the bottom of the book is nearly always too deep so that 
the last line of braille is almost unreadable. So whenever I go to another church to take 
a Service I always get there in good time to go over the course, so to say, and find out in 
advance the difficulties, the unexpected steps and so on. You never know what you are 
going to find in a strange church. As regards reading the lessons, I like to do that, but I 
also like to give the layman a chance; some read very well, some do not. I look on reading 
the lessons and the epistle and gospel at the Communion as a kind of consecration of my 
skill to the service of God, in this most important part of my ministry, the reading of His 
Holy Word. 

What worries me most in the conduct of services is when I have to take some unusual 
type of Service. I put it into braille. I read it through time and time again, but I never 
feel at home with it. There are four different ways in which a braille sheet presents itself 
to one, and only one of those ways is the right one, and when I have to deal with several 
loose sheets for some special service, how muddled they can get. 

Here is an anecdote about reading the lessons. One Sunday evening in my Northamp- 
tonshire church the electricity failed during the Magnificat. The organ stopped. The choir 
and congregation petered out. I did not expect this as I thought they would have known it 
by heart. So I went on with the second lesson. This surprised my people no end, as, 
though they were well accustomed to seeing me read braille, they had never realised it could 
be done in the dark. 

Then about reading and studying. The parish priest should do as much of this as he 
can find time for in his other multifarious duties. I do not use braille for this. I prefer 
to use the two good eyes I have in my wife's head. I took her to the theological college 
with me forty years ago and she did all my reading for me then. I taught her to read Greek. 
She did not know what she was reading, but she made the right noises, so I understood. 

Then the preparation of sermons. In this case the man who cannot read has an advantage 
over the man who can, because his memory can be trained to an excellent pitch. The subject 


is given me from the readings for the day, or in some other way. I spend as much time as 
I can in prayer and thought over it. Sometimes I type out what I would like to say, sometimes 
I write short braille notes, but I never use any notes at all in the pulpit. Braille notes are 
useless then. If you take your finger away from them you are sunk, as it takes a long time 
to find your place again. 

The parish priest has to be chairman of his Church Council and here again lack of sight 
is no bar provided that one has a good secretary of the P.C.C. I find my memory is quick 
enough to remember the salient point of any subject which is under discussion, and the 
important items of any financial problem before the Council. 

For the pastoral side of my ministry, visiting my people in their homes, I walk. I do 
not often envy the freedom of the sighted priest who can ride his cycle or drive his car. I 
may not often go to the houses on any given day that I had planned to visit, but I meet lots 
of my people about the place and often can do as much in a chance meeting in the street 
as in a more formal call on a house. 

In all that I have said about how I try to compete with my handicap it is obvious that 
I should be able to do very little without two things which do not depend on myself. First 
the understanding and help of my people, which they have always given me most generously, 
and secondly the never failing support of the Grace of God who has called me to be His 
Minister and Who has never failed me. 

To Him and to my people I owe it that what might have been a heavy cross to bear me 
down has become a stout staff to bear me ud. 

Reunions — 1 960 

All Reunions will be held at 12.30 p.m. for 1.30 p.m. lunch, with afternoon tea, unless 

otherwise stated. 















March 26th 
April 9th 
April 23rd 
April 29th 
April 30th 
May 9th 
May Hth 
May 14th 
May 25th 
May 27th 
May 28 th 
June 17th 
June 18th 
Tues. June 21st 
Thur. July 14th 
Sat. July 16th 
Wed. Sept. 21st 
Evening Function 
Fri. Sept. 23rd 
Evening Function 


NEWPORT (Miss Blebta) 
WINDSOR (Miss Stevens) 
DUBLIN (Mrs. Thompson) 
NOTTINGHAM (Miss Broughton) 
LEEDS (Miss Broughton) 
EDINBURGH (Mrs. King) 
NEWCASTLE (Mrs. King) 
BIRMINGHAM (Miss Blebta) 
BLACKPOOL (Miss Everett) 
CHESTER (Miss Broughton) 
MANCHESTER (Miss Everett) 
EXETER (Miss Webster) 
BOURNEMOUTH (Miss Webster) 
CANTERBURY (Miss Stevens) 
IPSWICH (Miss Cox) 
LUTON (Miss Cox) 
BRIGHTON (Miss Jones) 

LONDON (Miss Dodd) 

Member of Executive 
Council Presiding 
Colonel Ansell 
Sir Neville Pearson 
Lord Fraser 
Lord Fraser 
Mr. D. G. Hopewell 
Mr. D. G. Hopewell 
Mr. D. G. Hopewell 
Sir Neville Pearson 
Mr. D. G. Hopewell 
Mr. D. G. Hopewell 
Sir Neville Pearson 
Lord Fraser 
Sir Brian Horrocks 
Lord Fraser 
Sir Neville Pearson 
Colonel Ansell 
Sir Neville Pearson 

Sir Neville Pearson 



White Hart 


Victoria Station 



Royal Station 


The Casino 






Great White Horse 



Lyons Corner 
House, Coventry 

" World Without Shadow " 

St. Dunstan's film of this name, made 
at Ovingdean by Mr. Anthony Asquith, 
just over two years ago, will be shown in 
Maidstone during the week beginning 
April 4th and at Rugby during the week 
beginning April 11th, in both cases at 
Granada cinemas. , 

Other bookings are not as yet known, 
but St. Dunstaners may like to keep a close 
watch on their local Granada programmes. 

Camp Reminder 

The Lee-on-Solent Camp at the Royal 
Naval Barracks will be from Friday, August 
19th to Saturday, August 27th. Entries as 
soon as possible please. Camp fee, £2. 
Rail fares refunded over first £1. 

Tel. Dorking 73191 

(Mrs.) A. Spurway. 

The Vicarage, 
hloltmvood, Dorking. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — The Harrogate Week will be 
held this year from September 10th — 17th. 
Arrangements have been made for our 
party to be accommodated again at the 
Dirlton Hotel, Ripon Road, and the terms 
per day will be 28s. 6d. inclusive. 

As we must make our final reservations 
at the hotel, will all members who would 
like to join the party send in their names 
to Mr. Bob Willis as soon as possible. 

The St. Dunstan's Bridge Congress will 
take place at Ovingdean during the week- 
end of Saturday, November 19th, and not 
November 12th as provisionally arranged 
in the Fixture List. 

Will all bridge players who are interested 
and wish to enter for the Sir Arthur 
Pearson Cup competitions — namely, for 
Pairs and Teams of Four — send in their 
names to Mr. Willis, at the London Club, 
at the same time giving the name of the 
partner they have arranged to play with. 
This will enable the Committee to make the 
Draw and ensure the smooth running of the 
competitions at Brighton. If I have any 
single names, I am afraid I cannot guarantee 
a partner, but I will do my best. G.P.B. 

The New £1 Notes 

St. Dunstaners will recall that towards 
the end of last November, when the Bank 
of England announced that the new £1 
and 10s. notes which were to be issued, 
would be the same size, representations 
were made to the authorities by the Royal 
National Institute for the Blind and St. 
Dunstan's that this change would seriously 
handicap blind people in distinguishing 
between the different denominations. Sub- 
sequently, Mr. J. C. Colligan, Secretary- 
General of the R.N.I.B., and Mr. A. D. 
Lloyds, Secretary of St. Dunstan's, had a 
further discussion with the Bank officials 
and in an announcement now made, the 
Bank state that all notes in the new series 
will be of different sizes. 

The new £1 note to appear on March 17th 
will be the same length as the existing one 
but about half an inch narrower. The 
dominant colour is green and incorporated 
is a portrait of the Queen — the first time 
the reigning monarch's head has appeared 
on a Bank of England note. 

A similar portrait will appear on the 
new smaller ten shilling notes which are 
not expected to be issued until towards 
the end of next year. 

Some Thoughts on St. Dunstan's 

45th Birthday, March 26th, 1960, 

by our Chairman 

"I am 62 years of age, forty-five years 
ago I was 17, now I have a grandson of 
18; so, roughly speaking, there are two 
generations in 45 years. 

When I was a subaltern of 1 8 years of age 
the captain of my company was 28 and we 
called him ' the old man.' Thus, up to 
a certain point, age is relative and depends 
very largely on how you feel. 

St. Dunstan's essentially consists of two 
generations of blind ex-servicemen, sep- 
arated by a gap of 25 years, so that the 
Second War men are of the same generation 
as the children of the First War men. But 
the older you get the less difference there 
is between ages and in St. Dunstan's we 
are beginning to forget the two generations 
and are coming to regard ourselves as one 
body of men, bound together by common 
service and common experience. 

I do not think any brotherhood of the 
kind has existed in the world before, or has 
been so successful and widespread. 

On the occasion of our 45th birthday, I 
call to mind the Founder, Sir Arthur 
Pearson, his band of assistants — a few of 
whom still survive — the first group of 
men who came in from France and Belgium, 
and then, with a jump of twenty-five years, 
the first few who came to the Second War 
St. Dunstan's in 1939. 

Much has happened to all of us but we 
are still much the same, meeting the same 
difficulties and overcoming them or getting 
round them. 

As we look back we are apt to think 
that the world was a better place in an 
earlier age and to sigh for what we call 
' the old times,' but I think this is a mistake 
because I consider the world of to-day 
a very much fairer, kinder, more tolerant 
and better place than it was when I was a 
boy. A great many people are better off 
than their fathers were, and it is just 
possible that we may pass the next twenty- 
five-year mark in 1971 without a third 
World War, more horrible than ever, 
blowing us all to pieces. 

Dangerous as the world seems to be, 
there is a feeling which, I think, must be 
in all men's minds, that another war would 
be too dangerous and this fear may keep it 
away. That, at any rate, is, I am sure, the 
prayer of all of us." 


Derby Sweepstake, 1960 

Applications are once again invited from 
St. Dunstaners and St. Dunstan's trainees 
for tickets in St. Dunstan's Review Derby 
Sweepstake. The attention of everyone 
is drawn to an important new rule, namely, 
that every application for tickets must 
be accompanied by a stamped addressed 
envelope. This rule has been made neces- 
sary by the increasing amount of clerical 
work involved and will have the added 
advantage of cutting down administrative 
costs, thus increasing the prize money. 

Tickets are 2s. 6d. each and application 
for them should be made as soon as possible 
and will be received up to the first post on 
Wednesday, May 18th. Each application 
must bear the name and full address of the 
sender, together with the number of 
tickets required, and with a stamped 
addressed envelope enclosed, must be sent 
to the Editor, St. Dunstan's Review, 1 
South Audley Street, London, W.l. 

Postal orders should be made payable 
to St. Dunstan's and crossed. Do not 
send loose money unless it is registered. 

Tickets will be issued consecutively. 

The total money subscribed, less the 
cost of printing and sundry postage and 
stationery expenses, will be distributed 
as follows: 

50% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
winning horse; 

20% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
second horse; 

10% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
third horse; 

20% to be divided equally among those drawing 
a horse which actually starts in the race. 

No prize won in the Sweepstake will be 
paid to any person other than the person 
to whom the winning ticket was sold. 

The Draw will take place at the London 
Club on the evening of Thursday, May 26th. 

Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

The following passage was in a letter to 
me from abroad: 

" . . . . You say in your letter you were 
taken out by a Sister and this Sister took 
you in for a drink; this, I take it, was into 
what you call a " Pub " in England. Is 
St. Dunstan's a Roman Catholic institution 
and do you go about with nuns and do 
nuns go into " Pubs " in England ?...." 

Yours sincerely, 
Southwick G. Fallowfield. 

Imperial Service Medallist 

Recently retired after forty years as a 
telephonist with the Ministry of Labour, 
Clement Ellis, of Ilford, was, on February 
27th, presented with the Imperial Service 
Medal " in recognition of outstanding 
services." The presentation was made by 
Mr. G. E. D. Ball, Controller of the London 
and South Eastern Region of the Ministry 
of Labour, at a special ceremony at Ilford 
Employment Exchange and reference was 
made to it in the B.B.C.'s South Eastern 
News on March 1st. 

Unemployable War Pensioners 
Earnings Limit Raised 

During the Lords Debate on the Queen's 
Speech last October, Lord Fraser asked 
that the attention of the Minister of Pensions 
might be called to the earnings limit for 
the unemployable War Pensioner, and in 
subsequent correspondence with the Min- 
ister, suggested that the time had arrived 
for the raising of such limit. 

On March 1st the Minister of Pensions, 
the Right Hon. John Boyd Carpenter, 
announced in the House of Commons that 
the Government proposed to increase the 
maximum limit on earnings for the purpose 
of eligibility for the War Pensions Un- 
employment Supplement from £52 to 
£104 a year, and that the change would 
become effective in two or three months' 
times when the necessary amendments had 
been made to the War Pensions Instrument. 

The intention of the earnings figure is 
that the unemployable pensioner should not 
be discouraged from engaging in some 
occupation of a homecraft nature which 
might earn him a little money, and those 
St. Dunstaners who receive the Supplement 
and for whom we provide homecraft work 
will be hearing from us on the matter as 
soon as possible. 

Braille Tests 
Repeat Senior Test: F. Collingwood; J. 

Macfarlane; W. Leonard; E. Slaughter. 
Senior Braille Reading Test: S. Tutton. 
Advanced Test: C. Hobbs; J. Holden. 
Writing Test: J. Holden; F. Greenaway. 

Fifty-six Years Married 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
J. Gard, of Plymouth, who celebrated their 
56th wedding anniversary on February 29th. 
Golden Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. F. Mowtell, of Cramlington, 
March 5th. Many congratulations. 


Talking Book Library 
March is Here 

Hereunder is a vague idea of four books 
released lately. 

" Monkey Tree in a Flower Pot," by 
Ursula Bloom, reader Eric Gillett, is 
indeed an odd title. The story concerns 
the lives of a mother and a daughter, to 
whom the monkey tree was presented by a 
great-aunt. Presenting the tree, the great- 
aunt casts doubts on the parentage of the 
daughter which, because her husband was 
not her daughter's father, worries the 
mother more than somewhat. The tree, 
planted out, grows strong and mother is 
wont to sit brooding under its shade. 
An incident in her daughter's schooling 
re-fleshes the skeleton in mother's cup- 
board and she has a nervous breakdown. 
Then the daughter, in her adult life, learns 
her mother's story and against her own 
inclinations avoids the pitfall her mother 
fell into. That is a very bare outline 
admittedly, but there is a deal of kindness 
and understanding in the actual narrative. 
Cat. No. 519 

" The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," by 
Agatha Christie, reader Laidman Browne, 
is a Hercules Poirot puzzler which is in- 
triguing, but which I, poor naive wretch, 
consider to be something in the nature of 
a cheat. I must say no more, but think 
you will understand what I mean when you 
read it for yourself. Cat. No. 13. 

" One Pair of Hands," by Monica 
Dickens, reader Barbara Jefford, should 
be sub-titled " Memoirs of a Cook." I am 
I think, quite a male male and I found the 
anecdote and incident entertaining through- 
out — and instructive. Cat. No. 526. 

" The Secret of the Swinging Boom," by 
E. M. Robinson, reader Arthur Bush, 
devolves into a highly intriguing story of 
jewel smuggling in which, at first, all the 
innocent characters have their turn as 
suspects. Abruptly a sudden denoue- 
ment accelerated by a twinge of jealousy, 
reveals a sordid and tragic little conspiracy. 
All of this is set in the holiday sunshine 
of the south of France amidst a small 
yachting fraternity. Cat. No. 518. 

" Nelson." 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On January 2nd, Patrick Taylor, Shep- 
shed, Loughborough, to Miss Patricia 

National Library for the Blind 

We have received details of the 31st E. W. 
Austin Memorial Reading Competition, 
which will be held on Saturday, May 7th. 
Of interest to St. Dunstaners are the follow- 
ing classes: 

Sturmey-Wytnan Challenge and Medal Com- 
petition (open only to previous winners of 
the Open and Medal Classes). Readers 
entering for this class may not enter 
other classes. 

Class A.. Advanced readers in com- 
petition for the Blanesburgh Cup. 

Class B. Other readers in competition 
for the Stuart Memorial Cup. 

Class C. Readers who have lost their 
sight since 1939 and who have learnt to 
read Braille since the age of 16 (and who 
do not feel competent to enter the more 
advanced classes), in competition for the 
Lady Buckmaster Cup. 

Open Competition. A special competition 
open to all readers eligible to enter Classes 
A and B and to all previous winners of 
Classes A, B and C, for a reading from the 
works of Rudyard Kipling. 

Class D. Moon. 

Class E. Deaf-Blind Readers. 

As usual, unseen passages will be read 
and prizes awarded for fluency, ease of 
diction and general expression. (Should 
entries in any class be very limited, prizes 
will be awarded only if merited.) 

Intending competitors should send their 
names to the Secretary, National Library 
for the Blind, 35 Great Smith Street, 
Westminster, S.W.I, not later than Friday, 
29th April, 1960, stating in which class 
they wish to enter. 


J. L. Dennis, of Thornton Heath — ■ 
Maureen had a son on January 31st; G. 
Dunwoodie, of Newcastle-on-Tyne; H. H. 
Langton, of Bottesford, another grandson; 
a third grandchild for H. H. Singleton, 
of Highbridge, Somerset, and a fifth for 
D. Edwards, of Natch, near Sandy, Bed- 


Another great-grandchild — the fifth — for 
P. Sheridan of Wishaw. 

Family News 

We have heard with regret that Mrs. 
Brown, widow of A. Brown, of Exeter, who 
died nine years ago, died suddenly on 
December 30th while staying with her 
daughter Kathleen, at Sevenoaks. 


Tales of Ind 
His Highness 

Many years ago His Highness visited an 
Indian branch of a famous London store. 
He was accompanied on his tour of the 
building by a senior member of the firm's 
staff and starting with the top floor, they 
inspected the furniture, hardware and 
leather departments, and proceeding to a 
lower floor, His Highness saw the tailoring, 
men's outfitting, soft furnishings and gowns 
and lingerie, at which they gave a hurried 
glance. Finally they came to the ground 
floor and the visitor showed considerable 
interest in the jewellery department; this 
was not surprising for His Highness was 
reputed to be the richest man in the world 
and the possessor of a fabulous collection 
of gems and pearls. After visiting the 
guns, stationery and sports departments, 
the couple stood at the top of a short flight 
of marble stairs at the bottom of which 
was, on the right, a large department for 
groceries, tobacco, confectionery, etc., and 
on the left, drugs, perfumery, etc. " Is 
there anything Your Highness would like 
to purchase ? " asked his guide politely. 
" Oh yes," said His Highness and, indica- 
ting the groceries, tobacco, confectionery 
with a sweep of his right arm, " I will take 
all that," then, indicating the drugs, per- 
fumery, etc., "... and all that." 

After His Highness had left the building, 
an- urgent cable was sent to London 
duplicating all the goods purchased by him. 

Is this story true? Quite true — for the 
guide was my father. 

Duncan McAlpin 

The Shell-Mex Party 

On February 24th, Messrs. Shell-Mex 
Ltd., gave their party for blind telephonists. 
The programme was cocktails at Shell-Mex 
House, followed by dinner and a visit to 
the Drury Lane Theatre to see " My Fair 

Messrs. J. E. Blackwe.U, of Bridgwater; 
J. E. Fleming, of Sudbury; Leslie North- 
wood, of Plymouth; H. Pettym, of Leeds; 
W. G. Phillip, of Plaistow, and G. Poole, of 
Preston, all of whom are St. Dunstan's- 
trained telephonists at the company's 
branches, were among the guests, with 
Sir Neville and Lady Pearson, Mr. A. D. 
Lloyds, Mr. C. D. Wills, and Commander 
and Mrs. R. C. B. Buckley. 

420 Miles Special Delivery 

On March 7th, our South African St. 
Dunstaner, Jack Vincent, set out from 
London to deliver a three-foot high tractor 
420 miles away. The tractor, called the 
Wheel-Horse, is a scaled-down version of 
a full-si2ed agricultural tractor designed 
for use by smallholders, market-gardeners 
and owners of large gardens. It can do 
all that a tractor should — cut grass, plough 
fields, pull rollers, etc., but its size makes 
some people refuse to take it seriously. 
To prove that the Wheel-Horse can do a 
man-sized job of work, Jack undertook 
to deliver the latest model to his Scottish 
agents in Paisley on a trailer towed by 
another Wheel-Horse. 

Originally trained as a physiotherapist, 
Jack became more interested in agriculture 
and seven years ago founded his firm, 
Garden Machinery Ltd. 

Brighton News 

St. Dunstaners will like to know that the 
1960 Annual Outing arranged by the 
employees of the Brighton, Hove and 
District and Southdown Bus Companies 
will take place on Wednesday, July 13th. 
• • • 

On Wednesday, January 3rd, at the 
British Legion Headquarters, Brighton, 
a presentation took place of the British 
Legion Gold Badge to Arthur Fitzjohn 
(well-known to many St. Dunstaners for 
his long association as an escort at Pearson 

Our warm congratulations to Mr. Fitz- 
john who has the proud record of more than 
25 years of devoted service in British 
Legion activities. The Legion's Gold 
Badge is a coveted award and not lightly 
earned, but we know Mr. Fitzjohn is a 
very worthy recipient. 

We Hear That— 

H. Bridgman, of Allenton, recently had 
a long write-up in one of the Midland 
evening papers about his life, service record 
and British Legion activities. It went on, 
" Two certificates proudly hang on the 
walls of 1 Walton Avenue — one is a first- 
class award given by the Worshipful 
Company of Basketmakers at their London 
exhibition in 1930 and the other is a certi- 
ficate of merit awarded two years ago for 
work shown at Earls Court, London." 


Manchester Club Notes 

The winners in the Sir Arthur Pearson 
Memorial Games Competition for 1959 were 
as follows: 

Dominoes : H. W. Bramley and J. Mooney 
Darts : S. Russell and J. Shaw 

Cribbage : J. Shaw and W. McCarthy 

The first-named in each section takes the 

Because of the state of health of his wife, 
Mr. W. McCarthy relinquished his appoint- 
ment as Hon. Treasurer; Mr. H. Frost has 
been appointed to the office for the re- 
mainder of 1960. 

Again the Committee extends a warm 
welcome to St. Dunstaners living in the 
Manchester area to come along and support 
the Club at its meetings; these are held on 
the first and third Wednesdays in each 
month, at the Wellington Hotel, 6(a) 
Nicholas Croft, Manchester 4, at 7 o'clock 
in the evening. 

J. Shaw, 
Hon. Secretary. 

The Long Walk 

St. Dunstaner's Fine Effort 

From the Brighton and Hove Herald, 
March 19th: 

In his brave bid in the Butlin 1,000-mile 
walk competition from John o' Groats to 
Land's End, 61 -year-old St. Dunstaner, 
Mr. G. C. P. Hewett, of Arundel road, 
Peacehaven, was finally forced to give up 
after covering 560 miles. He was then 
in 26th position. 

An infection of his right ankle — a legacy 
of his 3^ years as a prisoner of war of the 
Japanese — caused his retirement. 

It was not until the last moment that 
plans were completed for his entry for the 
race, and by the time he reached John o' 
Groats other competitors were already 
battling along the icy roads. 

As Mr. Hewett decided to walk during 
the day and rest by night, he actually set 
off 14 hours behind other competitors. 

He covered an average of 43 miles daily. 

After his retirement Mr. Hewett was 
taken to Land's End to be there when 
the winner arrived. He was complimented 
by Mr. Billy Butlin on his fine performance. 

• • • 

All his St. Dunstan's friends will join in 
congratulating George Hewett on his 
magnificent effort. 

Dawn Across the Sky 

I was crossing a belt of marshland where once 

the sea had flowed, 
Where long ago the Roman galleys sailed and 

the Viking ships had come, 
l Twas the darkest hour before the dawn with the 

light of the stars growing dim, 
And a church clock in the distance was srtiking 

the hour of four, 
The air was still with a slight ground mist, 
And the frogs 'long the marsh streams were 

The scene beyond was well known to me ivhen the 

sun was high in the sky, 
A sandy bay, with a blue-grey sea, with white- 
sailed ships a-sailing, 
And far beyond, the horizon was very hard to 

To the left were the chalk cliffs of Foreland and on 

top a well-known town, 
All this was obscured by the darkness, but I knew 

the dawn drew nigh, 
At first I saw a long curved line which clearly 

marked the horizon, 
And next the rim of the sun appeared as the light 

spread upward and outward, 
And then the full orb looking large and red as it 

shone through the mist of the morning, 
And as it rose higher it changed to gold and the 

white scene was transfigured, 
The sea now had a silvery sheen and its ripples on 

shore were clearly seen, 
The sails of the ships and the chalk of the cliffs 

were whiter than I had seen them ere this, 
And the buildings of the town were more clearly 

outlined as the windows reflected the gold of the 

'Tivas like the birth in the mind of a new idea, 

or the dawn on the soul of new truth about God. 

W. C. Hills. 

F. A. Morton, of Peterborough, who last 
year sent some waste paper baskets to the 
Queen Mother, has made a baby basket for 
the new Prince. Mr. Morton has received 
the following letter from Her Majesty's 
Lady-in- Waiting : "I am commanded by 
the Queen to thank you for the lovely 
baby basket which you have sent for Her 
Majesty's baby. It is beautifully made 
and I have to send you the Queen's sincere 


Mr. A. Mace 

The name, friend, is common, but that 
quality of truth in friendship which Mr. 
Mace extended to St. Dunstaners during 
his many years' service as Superintendent 
of St. Dunstan's Physiotherapy Department 
is rare. 

The admirable courage and helpfulness 
which he showed and extended to those of 
us who had had the misfortune to be 
bombed-out during the air-raids on London 
is beyond praise. He was a loyal, faithful 
friend, ever just and helpful to all whose 
care and welfare was entrusted to him and 
he will, I'm sure, have an honoured place 
alongside the other proven friends in " St. 
Dunstan's Hall of Fond Remembrances." 

It has been sad of late, particularly for 
us older St. Dunstaners, to note that time 
appears to be in a hurry to take our valued 
ones home to their soft, long sleep. 
Tennyson admirably portrayed the present 
feelings of many of us when he wrote, 

" But O for the touch of a vanished hand, 

And the sound of a voice that is still." 
Terry Roden. 


Jerome — Ripley. — On February 27th, S. K. 
Jerome, of Didcot, to Mary Vivien 
Ripley. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome will live 
at Cookham. 


Farnen. — On February 15th, to the wife of 
H. Farnen, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, a son 
— Peter. 

Lilley. — On February 21st, to the wife 
of J. Lilley, of Thornton Heath, a son — 
Nicholas John. 

Quinn. — On February 23rd. to the wife 
of E. Quinn, of Offally, Eire, a fourth 

Spence. — On February 18th, to the wife 
of J. Spence, of Ballycastle, Northern 
Ireland, a son. 


Our deep sympathy is offered to the 
following : 

Condon. — To C. T. Condon, of Basing- 
stoke, whose wife died on March 10th. 

Dickinson. — To Mr. and Mrs. H. L. 
Dickinson, of Southport, in the loss of 
a beloved baby grand-daughter, Maria, 
in Africa. 

Jones. — To A. J.Jones, of Penrhydeudraeth, 
in the loss of his brother on February 

Worthington. — To J. Worthington, of 
Stockport, whose mother died on 
February 16th. 

** Jin iHcmor]j" {continued from page 10) 

R. D. McKee, 1st Echelon Regiment 

We have heard with deep regret of the death of R. D. McKee, of Hamilton, New Zealand. He died 
in hospital on 1st October last. It was only early last year that he had been admitted to St. Dunstan's. 

He had served in the Second World War and was a prisoner of war for over three years. He returned 
to his pre-enlistment occupation of farming when he was discharged from the Services. 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

S. G. Ebsary, Australian Forces 

We have heard with deep regret of the death of an Australian St. Dunstaner, S. G. Ebsary, of 
Claremont, Western Australia. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his widow. 

John Ramsey McGill, New Zealand Forces 

We deeply regret to record the death of J. R. McGill, of Whangaparoa, North Auckland, New Zealand, 
at the age of 71. 

Enlisting with the New Zealand Forces in September, 1916, he was wounded on the Somme in 
November of that year and he came to St. Dunstan's in September, 1917, to learn poultry-farming. He 
returned to New Zealand in August, 1918, where he settled as a poultry-farmer in Canterbury, later purchasing 
a dairy farm near Auckland which was most successful. In January, 1938, he disposed of his farm and returned 
to settle in Scotland with his wife and daughter. Later he moved south to Hertfordshire where he worked 
on a farm as his contribution to the war effort. In 1947 he and his wife were to return to New Zealand but 
Mrs. McGill died very suddenly on the eve of their departure. He returned alone and subsequently remarried, 
living in retirement at Whangaparoa. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his widow and to his married daughter, and to all his fellow St. 
Dunstaners in New Zealand who will miss him greatly. 


"Jn iiUmonj" 

Private Robert Luther Dunn, West Riding Regiment 

We have to record with deep regret the death of R. L. Dunn, of Strensall, Yorkshire, which occurred 
in hospital on March 9th. He was 67. 

Enlisting in March, 1916, he served until January, 1919, but he did not come to St. Dunstan's until 
February, 1950. He was then living in Hull. He did not take any training with us as he had a post as mill 
foreman at the Universal Oil Company, Hull, and he remained there until his retirement in February, 1956, 
at the completion of thirty-two years' service. His health was not good — he was a mustard gas case — and 
for over three years prior to his death he had been in a number of hospitals — the last one, where he died, for 
nearly two years. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Dunn. 

Private Frederick Fleming, 10th London Regiment 
We deeply regret to announce the death of F. Fleming, of Ipswich. He was 81. 
He saw service from April, 1915, until February, 1919, but did not come under St. Dunstan's care 
until June, 1956, when the serious state of his health ruled out any training. His death occurred on February 
21st. His courage and cheerfulness in his long years of ill-health had made him much loved by all his 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Fleming. 

Bombardier George Edwin Fox, Royal Field Artillery 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of G. E. Fox, of Horndean, Hampshire, at the age of 72. 
He was a serving soldier when the 1914-1918 war broke out — he had enlisted in October, 1907 — 
and he served throughout the war, being discharged in 1918. It was not, however, until July, 1932, that he 
came to St. Dunstan's. He trained as a joiner and worked at his craft for many years until his health began 
to fail. In 1954 he gave up entirely and his condition had worsened gradually. He died in his sleep on 
February 18th. 

Our very sincere sympathy goes to his widow and married step-daughter. 

Private Frederick Hunt, Royal Army Service Corps 
We record with deep regret the death of Frederick Hunt, of Hove. He was 74. 
He was an old soldier, having enlisted in January, 1904, and he came to St. Dunstan's in April, 1929, 
where he trained in telephony. He took a post with the Hall of Masons in London and he continued here 
until his retirement in 1953. He moved to Hove and was very happy in his retirement. His death on March 
7th was the result of an accident. He was knocked down by a van when out for a walk and he died in the 
Royal Sussex County Hospital the same evening. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Hunt and to his children by a former marriage. 

Private Samuel Jennings, 5th West Riding Regiment 

It is with deep regret that wc record the death of S. Jennings, of Heaton, Bradford, at the age of 64. 

He served with the Regiment from April, 1915, to December, 1916; he had been wounded in 
September of that year. He came immediately to St. Dunstan's where he trained in boot repairing and mat- 
making, and he followed these occupations for a few years as well as keeping a few poultry. He then 
concentrated on mat-making until ill-health compelled him to give up. He had for many years been a sick man. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family, to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Corporal Frank Pattison, The King's Liverpool Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of F. Pattison, of Liverpool. He died at his son's home on 
February 14th at the age of 79. 

Although he saw service from 1914 until 1918, it was not until as recently as 1957 that he came to 
St. Dunstan's, his age then preventing any training. 

He was a widower and our deep sympathy is offered to his family. 

Private E. S. Shilleto, Labour Corps 
We deeply regret to record the death of E. S. Shilleto, of Portslade, at the age of 84. 
He enlisted in August, 1916, and came to St. Dunstan's in September, 1921. Although he took 
poultry training, he did not undertake the full course, but on his return home, backyard poultry was his main 
interest. He lost his first wife in 1930. In 1953 he married Mrs. Ackland, the widow of another St. Dunstaner. 
He was admitted to Pearson House a few weeks ago and he died there on March 5th. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Shilleto, and to his children by his first marriage. 

{Continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 480— Volume XLIV 

APRIL, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Fheb to St. Dunjtan'j Mbn 


THE other day I had a letter from Professor Sir Bryan Matthews, f.r.s., Professor of 
Physiology at Cambridge University. Sir Bryan was a member of the Sensory Devices 
Committee of St. Dunstan's set up after the 1939-45 war to investigate the possibilities 
of electronic guiding and reading devices and which subsequently produced the prototype 
of the experimental Tape Talking Book machine which is now being tested and will, I hope, 
shortly prove itself. In his letter to me, Sir Bryan asks for information about blind persons 
who have done under- water diving. He says: " . . .a very serious problem arises when 
a (sighted) diver is in extremely muddy water and quite unable to use his sight ... It occurred 
to me that in this, a blind person who has got over the main handicaps immediately 
following the loss of sight would be in a far better position to deal with the situation ..." 

I know a number of St. Dunstaners who are swimmers, some of whom enjoy diving too. 
I did myself until my head wound gave me trouble under water, but I also have a recollection 
that Sir Arthur Pearson once made an experiment with a blinded ex-naval petty officer 
diving in obscure water. I have not been able to trace this reference, and I am wondering 
if anyone else recalls it. If so, I should be very interested to hear from him, and also from 
any St. Dunstaners who have dived in clear or obscure water and can give Professor Sir 
Bryan Matthews their experiences and reactions. 

The " Guinea Pigs " ' Friend 

Sir Archibald Mclndoe, c.b.e., the well-known plastic surgeon, died early this month. 
As consultant in plastic surgery to the Royal Air Force and surgeon in charge of the famous 
Queen Victoria Plastic and Jaw Injury Centre at East Grinstead, he did splendid work, 
treating badly burned aircrew, remodelling faces and reshaping limbs. But he did more 
than this for he encouraged these badly disabled men to face life ifresh and re-enter the 
active world. Moreover, he kept in touch with them through the Guinea Pig Club, which 
he founded, and was a source of personal encouragement and inspiration. 

I knew Sir Archibald Mclndoe well, and on various occasions visited him at East Grin- 
stead when I went to see St. Dunstaners, a number of whom came under his expert care. 
They will, I know, join me in mourning the loss of a man who rebuilt lives and shattered 
hopes as well as features and limbs. 

His memorial is the successful lives and indomitable spirit of his " Guinea Pigs." 


Edward Evans, Friend of the Deaf-Blind 

Another friend of St. Dunstan's has died, namely, Mr. Edward Evans, c.b.e., Labour 
Member of Parliament for Lowestoft for fifteen years. He was Chairman of the National 
Institute for the Deaf and he also took an intense interest in the blind and particularly the 
deaf-blind. He had been a school teacher for the first forty years of his career, mainly in 
schools for the blind, deaf, or deaf-blind and he held many important offices in the organisations 
connected with those so handicapped. It was he who composed the manual alphabet for 
the deaf-blind which is now so widely used. Our deaf comrades have indeed lost a good 


Member of St. Dunstan's Council 
to visit U.S.S.R. 

Mr. Godfrey Robinson, c.b.e., m.c, 
Member of St. Dunstan's Council, and 
Chairman of the Royal National Institute 
for the Blind, leaves for Russia on May 7th 
for a fourteen-day visit, accompanied by 
Mr. ]. C. Colligan, Secretary-General of 
the R.N.I.B. and Mr. M. S. Colbourne- 
Brown, Education Officer. This is part 
of an exchange of delegations between the 
R.N.I.B. and the All-Russian Society of the 
Blind, under the auspices of the British 
Council, so that services for the blind in each 
country may be examined. The Soviet 
delegation is expected here in the autumn. 

Last Reminders 
The Derby Sweepstake 

You are reminded that the closing date 
of the Derby Sweepstake is Wednesday, 
May 18th. Every application for tickets, 
which are 2s. 6d. each, must be accom- 
panied by a stamped addressed envelope. 
The name and full address of the sender 
together with the number of tickets required, 
must be sent, with the stamped addressed 
envelope, to the Editor at 1 South Audley 
Street, London, W.l. 

The Draw will take place at the London 
Club on the evening of Thursday, May 26th. 
All those drawing a horse will be notified 
by post. 

Lee-on-Solent Camp 

Camp is from Friday, August 19th to 
Saturday, August 27th. Closing date for 
entries April 30th. Camp fee, £2. Rail 
fares refunded over first £1. 

(Mrs.) A. Spurway. 
The Vicarage, riolmwood, Dorking. 
Tel. Dorking 73191. 

The First Reunions 


The Newport Reunion on Saturday, 
March 26th, the first of this year's meetings, 
was attended by some forty St. Dunstaners 
and their escorts; guests and members of 
staff made the total party one of nearly 
one hundred people. 

For the first time the Reunion included 
some St. Dunstaners, who normally attend 
the Bristol Reunion, from Gloucestershire, 
Wiltshire and Somerset, etc., and it was a 
very happy meeting indeed. 

Colonel M. P. Ansell, c.b.e., d.s.o., mem- 
ber of St. Dunstan's Council, who was 
accompanied by Mrs. Ansell, presided, and 
he spoke of St. Dunstan's as a wonderful, 
unique team, determined to succeed. 

Lieut. Commander R. C. B. Buckley, g.m., 
was also present at his first Reunion as 
Public Relations Officer. 


The Windsor Reunion on April 9th was 
held at the White Hart Hotel and nearly 
one hundred St. Dunstaners attended. Our 
President, Sir Neville Pearson, bt., who 
was accompanied by Lady Pearson, presided. 
Among old friends present were Miss 
Hensley, Miss Lloyd, and Mr. Lale. It 
was a very good afternoon — the band was 
lively and the dance floor crowded all the 
time. Owing to the good work of Messrs. 
Eustace, Dudley and Mitchell, coaches 
were run fron the Croydon, Surbiton and 
Guildford areas and proved a great help 
to people from those districts ; consequently, 
nearly all the St. Dunstaners expected were 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — Many congratulations to our 
London Business Houses team which has 
done splendidly in the League this year. 
Of their twelve matches, they won eleven 
and drew one, thus finishing champions 
of their Section. They automatically go 
to a higher section next year. In a sub- 
sequent match for the Wellcome Cup our 
team was placed fourth. The team through- 
out the season has been Messrs. F. Bulman, 
H. Gover, P. Nuyens (captain), C. F. 
Thompson and F. Winter. G.P.B. 

Sutton Club Walk 

On March 12th, the Sutton Club held a 
Walk at the L.C.C. Recreation Grounds, 
Ewell. Escorts were provided by the 
Metropolitan Police and Ewell Athletic 
Club. This was quite well supported by 
spectators, and all twelve St. Dunstaners 
taking part enjoyed the Walk very much in- 
deed. The result is given below. We 
hope to have another Walk on September 
3rd, and are looking forward to many 
more men taking part. 

A. C. Mitchell. 


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Miss Mary Agnes (" Polly ") Thomson, 
companion of Miss Helen Keller since 
1914, died on March 20th at the age of 
75. When Miss Keller's teacher, Mrs. 
Anne Sullivan Macy, died in 1936, Miss 
Thomson became Miss Keller's inseparable 
companion. Miss Keller, who will be 80 
in June, in a statement said: " It is heart- 
rending to me to realise how Polly has 
been sacrificed to help my effort on behalf 
of the blind. She was always so brave 
and eager to plan the work." St. Dun- 
staners will join us in expressing our deep 
sympathy with Miss Keller in her great loss. 

Sensory Devices 

On April 12th, Dr. R. L. Beurle, B.Sc, 
now Chief of Camera Tube Research at 
the English Electric Valve Company, 
delivered a lecture, illustrated by very 
interesting slides, on " Sensory Devices 
for the Blind," to the Institution of 
Electrical Engineers. He showed how St. 
Dunstan's had pioneered research in this 
field after the Second War and was now 
renewing these enquiries. Lord Fraser, 
who attended the meeting by invitation, 
answered many questions about the pro- 
blems of blindness. He said that Dr. 
Beurle and his fellow scientists on our 
earlier and present Research Committees 
had earned our gratitude by their extremely 
expert study of our technical difficulties and 
said it was a great advantage that seventy 
members of the Institution of Electrical 
Engineers should hear this lecture because 
the spreading of ideas among them might be 

The New Committee 

The newly formed St. Dunstan's Scien- 
tific Committee comprises : 

Air Commodore G. Bentley Dacre, c.b.e., 
d.s.o., d.l. (Chairman). 

Dr. A. M. Uttley, Superintendent of 
Control Mechanisms and Electronics Divi- 
sion, National Physical Laboratory. 

Dr. H. B. Barlow, King's College, 

Dr. R. L. Beurle, English Electric Valve 
Co., Ltd. 

Dr. D. E. Broadbent, Director of Applied 
Psychology Research Unit of Medical 
Research Council, Cambridge. 

Lord Fraser of Lonsdale, c.h., c.b.e. 

Its terms of reference are to investigate 
guiding and reading devices, having regard 
to recent developments in electronics and 
sound recording techniques. 

Braille Books Available 

St. Dunstan's has been given a braille 
book entitled " Son of Abdan," by Captain 
Webster, which is a study in heredity and is 
of psychological interest, and a small 
braille booklet entitled " Samson," from 
the Bible story. 

If any St. Dunstaner would like these 
books will he please write to Mr. Wills at 


Talking Book Library 
Hot, Cross Selections 

One whole month of unremitting crime 
is the story of the books listed below, 
and in case I put the wrong story under any 
title, I can assure readers that all four are 

" The Red Widow Murders," by Carter 
Dickson, reader Peter J. Reynolds, is a 
most intricate affair concerning a haunted 
room in an old family home. It was the 
intricacy of the story rather than the 
characters that left its mark on my memory. 
However, I do know there are two brothers, 
one a trifle mentally suspect, and a sister 
in line for the family jewels and estate, 
which has a tricky entail attached. The 
doubtful brother lets in to the story a 
doctor and his private nursing home. The 
murders occur in the haunted room, 
apparently through no human agency, 
when the victims are alone. The bulky 
Dr. Fell directs the bewildered police with 
masterly inactivity. He presides throughout, 
sitting and thinking massively, interspersed 
with just sitting massively. Finally Dr. Fell 
thinks of cleaning teeth and uncovers the 
criminal and his fiendish intent. I warned 
you it was intricate. Cat. 520. 

" The Listening Eye," by P. Wentworth, 
reader John Webster, is, first and foremost, 
an excellent title. A near blind person 
chances to overhear a conversation in an 
Art Gallery, but for which the conspirators 
in two murders and an attempted murder 
had never been discovered. The rest of 
the story is set in a wealthy man's large 

home with a small house party and a b 

of an adopted daughter. A private secretary 
bites the dust and a car is tampered with, 
spreading further alarm and despondency. 
Some of the more pleasant guests help 
relieve the situation by leaving and being 
traced some way by the author. Between 
them, the elderly lady secretary and the 
police inspector unravel the mystery and 
peace of a kind is restored. Cat. No. 525. 
" A Man about the House," by Francis 
Brett Young, reader Partick Waddington, 
is a cheerful little tragi-comedy. Two 
spinster ladies, a colonel's daughters, inherit 
an Italian villa complete with major domo. 
The Italian major-domo major-domes so 
well that eventually he persuades the elder 
sister, a ramrod of etiquette and form- 
observance, to marry him, much to the 

dismay of the younger, fluffier sister. 
Upshot — hordes of Italian relations living 
off the ladies' estate and much uneasiness 
for younger sister. All goes well until the 
ex-major-domo, a one for the girls, decides 
his wife should be helped off this " mortal 
coil " to give him wealth and freedom. 
Younger sister foils him, so the story slips 
from crime to attempted crime. Lucky 
ladies! Cat. No. 533. 

" Death in the Clouds," by Agatha 
Christie, reader Wallace Greenslade. " Peril 
at End House," by Agatha Christie, reader 
Stephen Jack. Cat. No. 159. 

A two in one book also released. 


Just Suppose — 

We all dream of what we should do if 
we won the pools; or perhaps we would 
just like the opportunity of acting as a 
good (or even a bad) fairy to someone, 
young or old. 

Just suppose you have a magic wand 
and can have one wish for someone else. 
Who would it be for, what would it be, and 
why ? There will be a prize of two guineas 
for the most amusing or interesting entry 
of not more than 100 words, and 10s. 6d. 
for every other one printed. The closing 
date is Wednesday, May 18th, and entries 
should be sent to the Editor at 1 South 
Audley Street, marked Competition. 

Liverpool Club Notes 

The Annual General Meeting of the 
Liverpool Club was held on Saturday, 
April 2nd. In the absence of our President, 
Captain E. Halloway, who unfortunately, 
was unable to attend owing to illness, and 
to whom we wish a speedy recovery, the 
meeting was opened by the retiring Chair- 
man, Mr. W. Simpson. 

After expressing the thanks of the Com- 
mittee to all members for their whole- 
hearted co-operation in the activities of the 
Club, a big " thank-you " to the ladies for 
their valuable help, and a sincere appreci- 
ation of the grand job done by Mr. H. 
Formstone in arranging our games and 
competitions, the financial statement was 
read and agreed to. The election then 
took place and resulted as follows : 

President: Capt E. Halloway; Chairman: 
Mr. F. Brooks ; Vice-Chairman : Mr. E. 
Cooper; Hon. Secretary: Mr. T. Mliner; 
Hon. Treasurer: Mr. J. Blakeley. 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

Would any St. Dunstaner like a few seeds 
of Calvary Clover? The plant has a 
religious significance. The seeds should be 
planted at Easter or about then (but they 
will grow at any time) and the small 
clover-like leaves have a red blotch on (" the 
Blood of Christ "). The seed case is very 
prickly and is unwound from the top 
(" The Scourge " and the " Crown of 
Thorns "). It has a tiny yellow flower and 
can be grown either in the garden or in a 
plant pot. 

I understand this was a very popular plant 
at one time, but fell out of favour when 
competing against the more spectacular 
plants, but a religious organisation at High 
Wycombe is trying to get people interested 
in it again. 

If anyone would like a few seeds, perhaps 
they would send me a stamped, addressed 

Yours sincerely, 
(Mrs.) M. Stanway. 
11 Longlands Avenue, 
Morecambe, Lanes. 

Family News 

When H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh 
visits Australia this month, the Engineer 
Officer on the Comet which takes him 
from Singapore to Canberra and back 
will be Mr. F. T. Durkin, son of our St. 
Dunstaner, Charles Durkin, of Worcester. 

Raymond Varley, Sheldon, Birmingham, 
has won a bronze medal for having passed 
his piano accordion examination. He is 
twelve years old. 

John Jeanmonod, Eltham, who is eigh- 
teen, is a member of the Combined Cadet 
Force (R.A.F. section) at Westminster 
City School. He has gained his " A " and 
" B " Certificates for gliding and has now 
taken up gliding as a week-end hobby as 
a member of the R.A.F. Gliding Association. 

Janet Newall, Manchester, who is nine, 
has won her Certificate of Merit for tap- 
dancing with 82 marks out of 100, prepara- 
tory grade. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On March 26th, Malcolm Moseley, 
Halesowen, to Miss Dora Hadley. 

Michael Smith, Seaford, on April 15th, 
to Miss Christine Mary Lewis. 

Twice Is Always? 

When, for the second time in all our 
years of marriage (to the best of my 
memory), I allowed cigar ash to drop on 
the carpet one night last week, my wife 
asked, " Must you always drop ash on the 
carpet ? " 

This is not the first time such a charge 
has been made. I have been accused, of 
late, of such other crimes as always letting 
the bathroom tap drip, always forgetting 
my latchkey and always allowing the car 
to run out of petrol. 

Understand, now, that I am never accused 
of always bringing home a salary cheque, 
or always taking my wife to the theatre. 

Not long ago we drove out to one of 
the new suburbs to see a friend. Not 
only do the houses all look alike, but the 
streets all curve round to give the impress- 
ion that the houses don't look alike. 
It's very confusing. 

When, after only ten minutes' circling, 
I hadn't found the friend's house, my wife 
commented, " It's funny that you always 
get lost." 

" When was the last time I got lost? " 
I asked quietly. 

" Last summer, looking for Ted's Tennis 
Racket Restringing Shop," she answered. 

I sighed. " But it had gone out of 
business, dear, and another shop was there. 
That's why I couldn't find it." 

Last month the office gave a surprise 
stag party for the boss's fifty-fifth birth- 
day, and I told my wife, regretfully, that 
I had to attend. 

She agreed. " But," she said, " I don't 
like you always going out and leaving 
me alone at night." 

" But darling," I protested, " the last 
time I left you alone at night was in the 
spring of 1951, when I was out fighting 
the flood." 

Her only comment was, " Oh, you — 
always exaggerating." 

I decided to make an issue of it because 
the thing seemed to be getting out of hand. 
So a couple of days later, after the two-ton 
lorry had left, I called her out to the back 
yard. Upon seeing the ten-foot high 
mountain of ashes, she screamed, " What 
in the world is that ? " 

This was the question I had been waiting 
for. " That, my love," I said, " is 1,439 
pounds of ashes. After a great deal of 


precise calculation I arrived at that figure 
as being the amount of ash that would be 
on our carpet if I had ' always ' dropped 
ash every time I smoked a cigar." 

She looked at the mountain for a moment, 
then said, " It's a good thing I cleaned 
it up then, isn't it? " 

(Loyd Rosen feld in Atlantic Monthly?) 

From All Quarters 

Maurice Aldridge, lately a trainee at 
Ovingdean, has been awarded a Barker 
Exhibition to Queen's College, Oxford, and 
will take up his studies there in October. 
Our good wishes go to him, and to his wife, 
Christine {nee Washbourne) whom he married 
last December. 

As many St. Dunstaners will know, 
Colonel M. P. Ansell, c.b.e., d.s.o., Member 
of St. Dunstan's Council, was the popular 
subject of the television programme, " This 
is Your Life," on March 28th, the last of 
the series. 

In our January issue, we reported James 
E. May, of New Zealand, as saying that the 
Melbourne Reunion revived many happy 
memories with friends whom he had not 
met for over forty years. The memories 
which were revived would indeed have 
been happy ones, and surprising, too, since 
he is only now forty-six years of age. It 
was, in fact, Donald McPhee who made the 
remark. Mr. McPhee and Mr. May had 
attended the Melbourne Reunion together 
on behalf of their own country. We 
apologise to Mr. May for the error. 

• • • 

W. Griffiths, of Blackburn, came fourth 
in his class in the Burnley Music Festival. 
The adjudicator was Robert Easton. 

• • • 

Tom Daborn, of Bexley Heath, was the 
" star " of a film to demonstrate the differ- 
ence between the old and new pound notes. 
The scenes were taken at a bank in Piccadily 
and Tom was filmed going to the counter, 
taking notes of both kinds and quickly 
sorting them out. 

• • • 

H. F. Goodley, of Pulham Market, won 
a second prize for hyacinths at a local 

Anthony Naumann, of Bramley, Surrey, 
has had two of his poems accepted by 
poetry magazines in America. 

Birds Sing to the Shoppers 

From the Bexleyheath Observer, April 8th. 

What has been going on " behind the 
curtain " in Mr. Kenneth Hedges' confec- 
tionery, tobacco and toy shop in High Street, 
Bexley? The secret, which has been 
intriguing many village shoppers, has now 
been revealed. 

You can now shop there and at the same 
time listen to the songs of twenty or so 
foreign birds, for this 44-year-old shop- 
keeper, who lost his sight as a result of 
war service, has incorporated a complete 
aviary at one end of the premises. 

Recent visitors to the shop have heard 
hammering and banging from behind the 
curtain drawn across the far end. Many 
must have thought it was just an extension 
to the building, but they now know that 
it was a little more than that. 

This latest novel idea is just one of many 
that Mr. Hedges has produced during his 
ten years in business at Bexley. 

Perhaps the most remarkable factor 
about this musical introduction to the shop 
is the fact that all the carpentry work 
for the new aviary was carried out by Mr. 
Hedges himself. 

With the help of his wife Ruby — always 
ready to lend a guiding and helping hand — 
he has, in addition, repainted the ceiling 
and built all his own bird cages. 

Mr. Hedges has been interested in foreign 
birds for more than ten years and is a 
member of the North Kent Budgerigar and 
Foreign Bird Society. 

West African finches and wax bills are 
just two of the several varieties of birds 
which serenade customers as Mr. Hedges 
deftly deals with their requirements. 

"World Without Shadow" 

The showing of St. Dunstan's film, at 
the Granada Cinema, Maidstone, for the 
week beginning April 4th, and at the 
Granada, Rugby, the following week has 
been postponed, new dates to be announced 
later. The film will, however, be shown 
at the New Theatre, Newcastle, for six 
days from Monday, May 2nd. 
• • • 

Wally Thomas's book will shortly be 
available from the National Library for the 
Blind and has also been accepted for the 
Talking Book Library, although in this case, 
it may be about a year before it is recorded, 


Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following 
who are celebrating their fortieth wedding 
anniversaries : — 

Mr. & Mrs. L. T. T. Thomas, of Rawdon 
(this was at Christmas, but we have only 
just heard); Mr. and Mrs. W. Burden, of 
Saltdean, in March; Mr. and Mrs. H. Kerr, 
of Harrow; April 3rd; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. 
Rose, of North Berwick, April 7th; Mr. 
and Mrs. S. Duncan, of Carshalton, April 
10th; Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hall, of Didcot, 
April 20th. 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations, too, to Mr. and Mrs. C. 
Lightfoot, of Reading, who celebrated their 
silver wedding anniversary on April 20th. 


Jack Ham, Taffs Well, Cardiff. 


H. Simpson, of Ilford; H. Westby, of 
Manchester; W. Clamp, of New Bradwell; 
a second grandchild for D. E. Taylor, of 
Swindon; S. Sephton, of St. Helen's (their 
tenth grandchild — a little girl born in 
Canada); A. T. Brooks, of Littlehampton 
(the fourteenth); R. Chandler, of Richmond 
(the eighteenth). 


Jones. — On March 31st, to the wife of 
F. L. Jones of Birmingham, a daughter. 

Lynch. — On March 30th, to the wife of 
J. Lynch, of Kempston, Bedford, a son — 
John Patrick. 


Sunderland-Aldir. — On April 2nd, F. 
Sutherland, of London, N.W.10. to 
Mrs. Aldir. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
following : — 

Clamp. — To W. Clamp, of New Bradwell, 
whose mother died on March 16th, at 
the age of 93. 

Owens. — To D. Owens, of Rhos-on-Sea, 
on the recent death of his only brother, 

Green. — To C. F. Green, of Southgate, 
London, N.14, whose sister, with whom 
he had for a short time been living, died 
very suddenly on March 27th. Our St. 
Dunstaner is himself a widower. 

**|ln J$tem0r]j" {continued from page 8) 

Private George T. Richardson, Royal Army Medical Corps. 

With deep regret we record the death of George Richardson, a resident at Pearson House since 1950. 
He was 87. 

An old serving soldier — he enlisted in February, 1899 — he lost his sight in 1917 and came to St. 
Dunstan's two years later. He trained in basket-making and settled in a shop, but he left this in 1926. In 1937 
he took over the kiosk at the Brighton Home, but was forced to give this up during the war. He became a 
resident at Pearson House in 1950 where he remained until his death for he had no other relatives since the 
death of his elder brother. 

Private Samuel Smith, Labour Corps 

We record with deep regret the death of S. Smith, of Marton, Blackpool, at the age of 70. 

Joining the Army in 1917, he served until March, 1920, although he had been wounded in 1917. 
He came to St. Dunstan's in October, 1925, and trained as a mat-maker and he followed his craft right through 
the years until 1957, when ill-health forced him at last to give up. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Smith and her family. 

James William Warren, Military Foot Police 

We record with deep regret the death of J. W. Warren, of Pendleton, Salford. He was seventy. 

He had served from the outbreak of war in 1914 until November 1919, but did not come to St. 
Dunstan's until November 1952, when his age prevented him undertaking any training. He had been in poor 
health for the past three or four months and he died in hospital on April 3rd. 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy goes. 



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A. J. Board, Australian Forces 

We have heard with deep regret of the death of A. J. Board, of Western Australia. He died in 
Hollywood Repatriation Hospital after a long illness. 

He first come on to our books in 1956, and the news of his death has reached us from his niece, Mrs. 
J. Smith, to whom, with his other relatives, our deep sympathy is sent. 

Private Alfred James Colclough, North Staffordshire Regiment 

We record with deep regret the death of A. J. Colclough, of Stoke-on-Trent, which occurred on 
April 17th. He was 64. 

He had served from 1916 to 1918 but had sustained mustard gas poisoning and it was not until July, 
1940, that he entered St. Dunstan's, when the serious state of his health ruled out any training. He did, 
however, learn basketry as a hobby and he continued this for our Stores, together with local orders, over the 
past few years, in spite of continuous ill-health. His death, nevertheless, was a shock to us as he was still 
working as recently as last October. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Colclough and her family. 

Gunner Robert Edward Hill, Royal Garrison Artillery 

We record with deep regret the death of R. E. Hill, of Tideswell, near Buxton, which occurred at his 
home on March 29th. He was eighty. 

He served from January, 1916, until May 1919, being wounded in France in 1918. He came to St. 
Dunstan's the same year and trained as a poultry farmer and he followed this occupation until his death, 
although his activities had naturally been somewhat restricted in latter years. 

Our deep sumpathy is extended to Mrs. Hill and her family. 

Frederick Hunt, Royal Army Service Corps 

(Amended notice) 

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Frederick Hunt, of Hove. He was 72. 

He was an old soldier, having enlisted in January 1904, and he came to St. Dunstan's in April 1929, 
where he trained in telephony. He took a post as telephonist at the United Grand Lodge of England, 
Freemasons' Hall, where he stayed until his retirement in 1953. He moved to Hove and was very happy in 
his retirement. His death on March 7th was the result of an accident. He was knocked down by a van while 
out for a walk and he died in the Royal Sussex County Hospital the same evening. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his widow and son, to whom we also express our regret for some, 
discrepancies which were contained in the notice which appeared last month. 

Private Thomas Jackman, 8th King's Liverpool Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death on April 23rd of T. Jackman, of Liverpool. He was 70 

He had enlisted in January, 1911, and he served until March, 1918. Not until 1950, however, did 
he come to St. Dunstan's when, on account of his age, only light training as a netter was possible. 

He had not been in good health for some little time but in spite of that, his death was not expected. 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Bert Murton, Mercantile Marines 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Bert Murton, of Faversham, Kent, who died on March 
26th at the age of eighty four. 

Blinded by a bomb during an air raid, he came to St. Dunstan's in 1926, but having already a flourishing 
coal merchants' business, he did not undertake any training. 

He lost his wife some years ago and had since been cared for by his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and 
Mrs. Wenn, to whom our deep sympathy goes in their loss. 

{Continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 481— Volume XLIV 

MAY, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


SINCE " K-H." gave up his Weekly News Letter, I have been reading the Braille Mail, 
a paper I had not looked at for perhaps twenty years. It consists mainly of extracts 
from leading and other articles of a more or less serious nature from dailies and weeklies. 
I have found it well worth while reading or skimming through and I commend it to anyone 
who is interested in public affairs. I have also, after a lapse of many years, read a couple 
of copies of Nuggets, and I recommend this especially for travellers or others who want a 
convenient pocket-sized booklet to dip into occasionally. Nuggets contains well-chosen 
tit-bits and as it is produced in interlined Braille, it is very easy to read. 

Guiding and Reading Devices 

I was asked the other day what was the position regarding guiding and reading inventions, 
and particularly whether any guiding invention could help one who personally admitted 
that he was not very good at getting about. I replied as follows: 

" Shortly after the Second World War, St. Dunstan's set up a Committee of eminent 
scientists to advise on Sensory Devices to substitute for sight, more particularly in the matter 
of reading and walking. 

" As regards walking, a great many experiments were made, utilising sound waves 
and supersonic and radio waves (a kind of radar) and some of these were technically 
successful. But they were not practicable because the apparatus then available was too 
bulky and heavy for a blind person to carry with convenience. 

" The rapid development of the electronic brain, of transistor receivers and other 
inventions, has now made it just a little more likely that something useful can be done in 
connection with reading and guiding devices. Accordingly, St. Dunstan's has set up a new 
Committee to study the whole subject afresh. This research will certainly take two-three 
years and it would not be right to foreshadow quick or easy results. 

" I am sorry to have to say that it is my experience that persons who are naturally not 
very good at getting about are very unlikely to be helped by any invention; rather is it the 
case that those who ?.re skilful at getting about might be helped to get about more easily. 

" I think perhaps this same consideration applies to the guide dog, namely, that a guide 
dog is a great help to a person who is naturally adept at moving around." 

I still walk alone a bit in familiar places and there is no doubt the ears, with their capacity 
for direction-finding and range-finding, and the stick for feeling the corner or the edge of 
the pavement are effective aids. I am bound to say I very much doubt any invention will 
improve upon these, but I think it right to explore this very interesting field, for you never 
know what may turn up. 




The doctor entered the humble Irish home just when the woman was about to have a 
baby. " Put the kettle on to boil and light a candle and hold it for me," said the doctor 
to the husband. After a pause the doctor said, " You have a wonderful baby son." After 
a further pause the doctor said, " Now you have a wonderful baby daughter." The husband 
then blew out the candle and when the doctor cursed him he said, " I thought the light was 
attracting them." 

I told this story at the Dublin Reunion, the first all-Irish gathering to which men came 
from all parts of Ulster and the Republic. 

Blindness and the fellow-feeling that goes with it, music, art, stories and Guinness do 
not take account of borders. 


Doctor of Philosophy 

Hearty congratulations to our Australian 
St. Dunstaner, David E. Williams, of 
Queensland, who has been studying at 
London University for the past two and a 
half years and has now obtained the degree 
of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). He will 
not, however, receive his Degree Certificate 
until he is back in Australia, as he leaves 
this country on May 31st. 

On another page Mr. Williams has 
written an outline of his life since he 
became blind in 1951. It will be read 
with interest, we think, by his fellow St. 
Dunstaners, who will wish him great success 
in the years ahead. 

The Derby Sweepstake 

The draw for the Derby Sweepstake, 
which has now closed, will be held at the 
London Club on the evening of Thursday, 
May 26th. All those drawing a horse will 
be notified. 

Centurions' Golden Jubilee 

This year sees the Golden Jubilee of the 
Centurions — the select body of men who 
have walked a hundred miles in less than 
twenty-four hours. In its fifty years' 
existence, there have been three hundred 
and ten Centurions, each member numbered 
in strict chronological order. 

On Saturday, May 7th, Centurions 253 
and 295 — who are, of course, our own 
Archie Brown and Leslie Dennis — were 
among the eighty-four who attended the 
Jubilee Dinner at the House of Commons. 
Archie gained his honour in 1955 and Leslie 
four years later. 

Presiding at the Dinner was Mr. Ernest 
Neville, who is No. 7 on the Centurion 

St. Dunstaners Successful at Local 

M. Burns, of Westcliff-on-sea, and L. A. 
Webber, of Tewkesbury, both contested 
local elections as Liberal candidates and 
both were successful. Mr. Burns unseated 
the Labour councillor at Southend, polling 
the largest number of votes for many years. 
His five hundred majority was the largest 
for more than ten years. In fighting his 
first contest, Mr. Webber was successful 
as the last of four replacements to the 
Tewkesbury Borough Council. 

H. W. Greatrex, of Peacehaven, was 
top of the poll in both the Rural District 
Council and Parish Council Elections. 
Mr. Greatrex obtained over 100 votes 
more than the next candidates in both 

South African Fisherman 

In a letter to Lord Fraser, M. E. Barrett, 
of Ficksburg, Orange Free State, writes : — 

" We are going down to The Haven at 
Bashee River mouth for the Easter holidays. 
I am hoping to strike the salmon run there 
and quite a variety of other fish which seem 
to be about at that time. We spent the 
Christmas holidays at Winkle Spruit, on 
the south coast of Natal, and had fair 
fishing when the pollution from the factories 
further down the coast permitted. My 
largest edible fish was a salmon of 44 lbs., 
and I had quite a few smaller ones and a 
few sharks and sandsharks for exercise 
and sport. I think the large " sandie " 
takes a lot of beating provided you do 
not fish too heavy and, of course, from the 
shore and not from a boat." 
(The salmon our St. Dunstaner refers to 
is Cape Salmon, a large, strong silver fish 
which is no relation to our familiar salmon 
but looks like it. — Ed.). 


From All Quarters 

K. C. Revis, who recently qualified as 
a solicitor, took part in the B.B.C. pro- 
gramme, " In Town Tonight," on April 
30th, and was featured as the " Personality 
of the Week." 

• • • 

F. C. W. Fulbrook, of Edgware, who 
is a keen gardener, has been elected a 
Committee Member of the Stanmore and 
District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society. 
This Society has an extremely high standard 
and some of its members have been prize- 
winners at the National Chrysanthemum 
Society's Annual Show. 

• • * 

J. Loach, of Dudley, is secretary of the 
local Football Club which this season has 
won three cups, the Bewdley Charity Cup, 
the Guest Hospital Cup and the St. John's 
Ambulance Cup. Our St. Dunstaner, as 
secretary, was himself presented with a 
small cup. 

• • • 

Willie Ward, of Pearson House, made a 
swing in macrame string and sent it to 
to Her Majesty The Queen for Prince 
Andrew. Willie has now received a letter 
from Buckingham Palace thanking him 
for " the beautifully made swing." The 
letter went on: " Her Majesty is very pleased 
to accept this and is sure that her son 
will derive much pleasure from it in the 
years to come." 

• • • 

Postcard received by the Editor from 
Mrs. M. Stanway, sent from Looe, in 
Cornwall: "Am here on holiday in the 
house where I spent most of my A.T.S. 
life. To-day I have shown my daughter 
Pat where my bed was. What memories 
it has brought back! " 

News of a Very Old Friend 

From the Morning Advertiser, May 11th, 

" Mr. Fred Biggs, of the ' North Star,' 
Chessington, has retired after being associ- 
ated with the Trade for 57 years. Fred 
Biggs, now 74, has retired owing to ill- 
health. His first licence was at the ' Sultan,' 
Hampstead Road, London, believed to be 
the smallest beerhouse in London. 

" While at Hampstead Road, Mr. Biggs 
was well-known at St. Dunstan's, on whose 
behalf he organised outings and collected 
large amounts for the Home." 

The Reunions 

Lord Fraser, who was accompanied by 
Lady Fraser, and who had just completed 
a short fishing holiday in Southern Ireland, 
presided at a Reunion in Dublin on Satur- 
day, April 23rd, where he met St. Dunstaners 
from both Northern Ireland and Eire, who 
were having a joint reunion for the first 

Twenty-five St. Dunstaners and their 
escorts enjoyed a very happy meeting and 
among the guests were the local Chairman 
and Secretary of the British Legion in the 
persons of Captain T. McKeever and 
Lieut.-Col. P. Considine. 

Unfortunately, Mr. Macauley was in 
England at the time and was therefore, 
unable to be present, to everyone's regret. 

Lord Fraser, who was again accompanied 
by Lady Fraser, also presided at the Notting- 
ham Reunion on April 29th, when some 
fifty St. Dunstaners enjoyed an exceptional 
lunch provided by the Victoria Station 
Hotel, whose Caterirfg Manager devoted 
all his time to organising the social after- 
noon that followed. 

Among the retired staff and helpers were 
Mr. George White, Mrs. Spurway and 
Mrs. Giorgi. 

In the course of his speech, Lord Fraser 
said, " You can conquer blindness if you 
have good training and an organisation 
like St. Dunstan's to inspire and help you. 
Even when you are older and retired, there 
is much you can do to help yourself and 
others ... St. Dunstan's is the most 
wonderful family I know and Lady Fraser 
and I go to as many reunions like this one 
as we can, all over the country, for we love 
to meet our old friends of two wars who 
have so much in common." 

Over fifty St. Dunstaners and their 
escorts assembled at the Queen's Hotel, 
Leeds, on Saturday, April 30th, for their 
Reunion, presided over by Mr. Donald 
Hopewell, Member of St. Dunstan's Coun- 
cil, for another happy meeting. 

It included St. Dunstaners from the 
areas of three different Welfare Visitors, 
and among those present were Miss Betty 
Vaughan-Davies and Mrs. Spurway. 

Mr. Hopewell also presided at the 
Edinburgh Reunion on Monday, May 9th, 
at the Roxburgh Hotel, when fifteen St. 
Dunstaners and their escorts met Mr. 
Lloyds and Mr. Wills from Headquarters. 


Although a small gathering, mainly of 
First War St. Dunstaners from all over 
Scotland, it was none the less enjoyable and 
everyone had a great deal to say to each 

The retired Welfare Visitor for Scotland, 
Miss M. T. Wood, received an enthusiastic 

At Newcastle, on Wednesday, May 11th, 
Mr. Donald Hopewell told the Geordies 
that he hardly dared to show his face there 
again — he had presided at their Reunion 
so many times — but the roar of welcome 
proved that he had nothing to fear in that 

There were twenty-nine St. Dunstaners 
and their escorts present and they were 
entertained during the afternoon by their 
old friend, Mr. Fred Lawson, to whom a 
copy of Wally Thomas's book, " Life in 
My Hands," was presented as a token of 
their appreciation for all he has done to 
help St. Dunstaners in the area. 

Just Suppose — 

Here is a first selection from the entries 
we have received in response to last month's 
competition. Not all faithfully observed 
the condition — one wish for someone else — 
but we have been lenient and judged entries 
on their merits. 

Presto! I've got a wish . . . but for 
whom? I'm spoilt for choice! Let's see 
. . . wish practically any of the world's 
leaders a bit more gumption? . . . should 
improve things. Could wish laryngitis on 
the pestilential crooner whose sexless whine 
murders the air we breathe. Couldn't wish 
my wife a better husband . . . could I ? 
What about having a go at the Minister of 
Pensions ? No, better not. We'd be spoiled 
with all that money. 

Got it! Cheat a bit. Split one wish 
into millions of little 'uns. Here goes . . . 
I wish everyone in the world just one per 
cent more charity in their hearts. 

Phillip Wood, 


I have waved my magic wand and Mr. 
Average Citizen has got his wish. He has 
managed to get three very V.I.P.s in the 
saloon bar of the White Horse, or maybe 
it is the Arlington. They are quaffing 
pints of good British beer and as they quaff, 
the atmosphere gets very friendly. Just 
listen. " Drink up," says Mr. K., " I'll 
pay." " No, no," says Ike, " I'll pay," 

and Hal says, " What's it matter who pays 

so long as we are all together." And so 

it goes on until later in the evening we 

see them with their arms around each 

other's shoulders singing lustily, " Dear 

old pals . . .", vowing eternal friendship 

and promising to make this an annual 

reunion. Then out in the street they go 

singing in chorus, " We'll all go the same 

way home . . ." 

Pinch me, someone, where did I put 

that wand? TT _ 

Harold Downs, 


If I was granted one wish it would be 
that a little sanity would come into this 
troubled world. 

I wish that we could see the error of our 
ways and bring peace and goodwill to all 

A tall order, you say? Not a bit of it. 

If we all turned to God and asked Him 
to forgive us our trespasses, and to help 
us to lead better lives, a great deal of sin 
would disappear from this confused world. 

The solution to all the world's problems 
lies in our own hands. 

God taught us how to live. I wish 
that we could all follow Him. 

John Martin, 

London, W.11. 

I wish someone would invent some 
gadget to alleviate the bugbear of the slope 
at Ovingdean — a funicular, hoverplane, or 
overhead mono-rail. Or some form of 
oxygen tank to act as breath for Liza. A 
20ft. high platform at the bottom of each 
entrance with remote controlled lift, with 
ejector seats for grans, and grandads so 
that they could be catapulted from platform 
to door of hostel, with an overhead wire 
from platform to door for the mums and dads. 
Of course, anyone coming down the slope 
would have to duck ocasionally, but then 
again, ducking could be good exercise for 
those with a pain in the neck. 

E. H. North, 


Happy we both may be and God is good, 
but it's nice to wish you could help some- 
one else and I wish my good fairy will 
come along soon. 

(Mrs.) E. G. Palmer, 



From Farmer to Doctor of 

It was February, 1951. 

I was almost 42 years of age: I had been 
in the Army Medical Services of the 
Australian Forces — captured in the " bag " 
at the Fall of Singapore. There, like many 
other British and Australian troops, I 
suffered from the effects of malnutrition — 
rice, rice, and still more rice for three and 
a half years! And like the others, this 
diet of rice had repercussions on my 
health and sight. When demob, time arrived, 
I had decided upon a " life on the land," 
as did many of the other Australian soldiers. 
I bought a 650 acre farm outside Toowoom- 
ba, Queensland, and set my mind to the 
raising of pigs, the milking of cows, the 
clearing of land, and such other pursuits 
as occupy an active farmer in sunny Queens- 
land. I had also got " hitched " following 
my return to Australia, and my wife " put 
forward her best foot " in assisting me with 
the farm work. And we were doing quite 
well in our new life. Then came the shock : 
the damaged sight was rapidly deteriorating ! 
The final blast came in February, 1951 — 
I was henceforth confined to the world 
of night, the world of black darkness: 
what should I do? I was no longer a 
chicken! I had learned my tricks, as had 
any old dog! Could others teach me new 
ones ? Could I teach myself some ? Those 
first few days in Greenslopes Military or 
Repatriation Hospital, Brisbane, were bleak 
ones for me. How did I get over them? 
— as so many of you others have done — 
with the help of the nursing staff; with 
the help of other patients, often very sick 
ones; and by a desperate attempt to " pull 
myself out of it." One could either resign 
oneself to self-pity, or one could start to 
fight again. I decided on the latter course. 

The Queensland Repatriation Depart- 
ment started a " Planned Day " Group 
for the war-blinded men in Queens- 
land — braille writing and reading; touch- 
typing; string work; weaving; cane work; 
and a host of other things. Then, too, the 
Planned Day brought us all together on one 
day a week: social contact; outings to 
various factories, scenic spots, meetings, 
sports centres, etc. ; and visits from all sorts 
of speakers sometime during each Day's 
activities. This was just what I needed: 
no time to sit down and commiserate with 

myself; no time to sit about doing nothing. 
Very soon they asked me what I 
would like to do. When I had thought 
it over, I said — go to the University and 
do an Arts Degree there. In March, 1952, 1 
commenced study at the Queensland Uni- 
versity as a student in Arts. Again there 
were many new "tricks" to learn: schemes 
to work out to cover the courses; systems 
of abbreviations in connection with my 
various subjects, e.g. how to do phonetics 
on an ordinary typewriter so that the 
lecturer and examiner could correct my 
work; how to find my way around the 
various class rooms and back and forth 
by tram and 'bus to the University. How 
to do the exams when November came 

It was a proud moment when I took 
my B.A. Degree in the normal time of 
three years — and a very, very good degree at 
that, including one of the University prizes. 
It was a prouder moment when I took out 
First Class Honours in Mental and Moral 
Philosophy in the following year, 1955, 
and my M.A. Degree in 1956 — a year under 
the usual time taken for an M.A. Degree. 
Still prouder was I when my own University 
saw fit to award me a Queensland Uni- 
versity Foundation Travelling Scholarship 
to come over to England to do a Doctorate 
Degree in London, and the Trustees of the 
Gowrie Scholarship Trust Fund awarded 
me with their " Major Patrick Hore- 
Ruthven Memorial Scholarship " for the 
same purpose. I need not say that 
it was not solely my own effort: there 
were many wonderful ladies in Queensland 
who worked their fingers to the bone 
brailling notes and text books for me; 
there were many students who spent many 
many hours reading with and to me. Like all 
success, mine was not gained in isolation 
but through Co-operative effort, and my 
thanks go out to the many wonderful 
helpers through those five years of study 
back home and to the continued sponsor- 
ship of the Repatriation Department. With- 
out that help I would not be writing this 
in London to-day. Now my studies are 
complete and I have achieved my ambition — • 
the Ph.D. degree in the school of Govern- 
ment and Philosophy. 

We have no such great organisation as 
St. Dunstan's in Australia, and when once 
an Australian has been a St. Dunstaner in 
London, he realises what we lack in Aus- 


tralia. I take my hat off to all my -many 
helpers over the last eight years; I give 
a special doff to St. D's. And to all my 
fellow St. Dunstaners in England I have 
but this to say — I hope you appreciate your 
association as my wife and I do. With us 
St. D's is tops. D. E. Williams 

Talking Book Library 
Spring Reading 

Three releases only, comprising crime, 
sea adventure and a missionary saga are 
all ready to delight readers in this merry 
month of May. 

" Three at the Angel," by Maurice 
Proctor, reader Robert Gladwell, is a yarn 
of amateurish crime. I say amateurish 
advisedly because the three concerned are 
professional boxers turned cat burglars, 
with the most harrowing results. Each 
one of the three has so much potential 
decency that one half sympathises with 
them throughout. Each in turn is made 
a killer, but to me that was just a device 
to work up a little hate against three very 
decent criminals. Cat. No. 158. 

" Family at Sea," by John Caldwell, 
reader Arthur Bush, is a follow-up to 
" Desperate Voyage " (Cat. No. 836), a 
journey from Panama to Sydney. Whereas 
the author travelled alone in the first book, 
this time he takes it more sensibly and 
easily with his wife and three youngsters. 
Pleasant enough but not half as gripping 
as its forerunner. Cat. No. 517. 

" The Small Woman," by Alan Burgess, 
reader Eric Gillett, is an epic of missionary 
work which utterly captures the imagina- 
tion. A very ordinary young London girl 
without a cent and without influence, 
decides in the '20s she is going to do good 
works in China. She does just that and 
for over 20 years she accomplishes a 
multitude of incredible feats of help to the 
Chinese, any one of which could have 
been a book in itself. A fine figure of 
heroism, wisdom, and down to earth 
sanctity. Cat. No. 86. Nelson. 


P. McGloin, of Sligo; J. Lucocq, of 
Llandaff North; R. Chandler, of Richmond, 
Yorks. (for the eighteenth time); S. C. 
Loram, of Brixham (the seventeenth); A. 
Grogan, of Leeds (two new grandchildren 
during the past few weeks, making twelve 
in all); H. Acton, of Paignton (a second 
grandchild); A. J. Woollen, of North 
Lancing (a fifth grandchild). 

Ovingdean Notes 

Lord and Lady Fraser visited Ovingdean 
and Pearson House early this month. 
There were nearly one hundred men in the 
House that day. 

During April a Shooting Competition 
was arranged between no less than 14 men, 
each man firing against another. The 
result was that 4 competitors tied for first 
place (with 7 wins each). This meant that 
a shoot-off was necessary and during this 
P. Lowry and W. Richardson again tied 
for first place. They, therefore, fired off 
again and P. Lowry won by 36 points 
to 30. 

On May 4th, a team of 8 St. Dunstaners 
competed with a team of 8 from the Hove 
Police. The Police won this match by 
209 points to St. Dunstan's 176. 

The following items are included in 
our Whitsun programme of amusements 
at Ovingdean. St. Dunstaners who will 
be spending their holiday here at that 
time may like to know in advance, and also 
local beneficiaries: — 
Saturday, 4th June. 

Whist Drive and Domino Tournament 

in Winter Garden and Canteen, at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, 5th June. 

Concert in Lounge by the Cecilian 

Concert Party from Harrow, at 7 p.m. 
Monday, June 6th. 

Bank Holiday Dance in Lounge, from 

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Ovingdean Sports and Garden Party 
will take place here this year on Saturday, 
9th July, commencing at 2.30 p.m. It is 
hoped that Lord and Lady Fraser will be 
present. Entries for the field events will 
be taken on the field. St. Dunstaners 
wishing to attend, if they will not be staying 
in the building, are asked to apply to Miss 
Guilbert in writing. A ticket for tea for 
a St. Dunstaner and escort will be sent. 
Any additional ones required may be 
obtained, beforehand, on request, at the 
charge of Is. Od. per head. 

Local St. Dunstaners will be receiving 
invitations in due course but any from 
outside this district who would like to 
come along for the day, we shall be pleased 
to hear from. Applications for tea tickets 
must be made not later than June 22nd 

St. Dunstan's Chapel. Readers may be 
interested to know that the following 
donations have been made from the Ovins;- 


dean Chapel Collection recently: — ■ 

At Christmas we sent £15 each to the 
Tarner Home, Brighton, and the Brighton 
& Hove Girls' Orphanage, £10 to St. 
Matthew's Church Comforts Fund, £5 to 
the "Friends of St. Bridget's Fund" (St. 
Bridget's at East Preston is one of the 
Cheshire Foundation Homes for the Sick, 
founded by Group Capt. Leonard Cheshire, 
v.c., d.s.o., d.f.c.) A further donation of 
£5 was sent to the Diocesan Readers' 
Association. Earlier in the year we had 
sent also a donation to the Repairs Fund 
for St. Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean, 
which has such an interesting history from 
Saxon days and is one of the oldest churches 
in Sussex. 

This year being World Refugee Year, 
we felt we should send some of the Chapel 
Collection to that Fund and to date a 
total of £30 has been sent to the Brighton 
Fund for World Refugee Year. 

The Deaf Reunion 

We, that is Billy, Joe, Cliff and I, met 
on April 28th, at Ovingdean once again. 
Wally Thomas, who had undergone an 
operation lasting over five hours the 
previous day was naturally unable to join 
us this time, but we were pleased to learn 
he was comfortable, although at that early 
stage no result of the operation. 

We once again enjoyed a nice supper 
with the Commandant, Matron and senior 
staff, with Miss Heap from Pearson House, 
since Matron Avison was on holiday. 

Friday found us early on our way to 
visit the Aspro-Nicholas factory at Slough, 
which is a very modern establishment 
indeed, more like a super museum, but we 
enjoyed our tour and learnt Aspros were 
turned out at the rate of 1 ,200 a minute, which 
illustrates the number of headaches going ! 
We also enjoyed a very good lunch, too. 
Saturday we took an afternoon drive into 
the country for tea and played dominoes 
in the evening, and a " ding-dong " affair 
it was, too, with first Joe then Billy win- 
ning a game until their bags stood at 8 
games to 4 in favour of Billy, then Cliff 
and I decided to have a win! 

Billy had to stay in bed Sunday due to 
a slight chill and as both Cliff and I had 
to see the doctor on Monday morning, 
Joe proved the fittest this time! 

We paid our usual visit to Pearson House 
on Sunday afternoon where we met Matron 
Avison, who had returned the previous 

evening, and we enjoyed a nice tea and chats 
with members of the staff there. 

Mr. Wills, owing to pressure of work 
in London, was unable to join us for tea on 
Monday, but we were pleased to meet Miss 
Midgley and Miss Rogers again. 

We were all delighted when Mr. Wills 
turned up at Stroud's to join us for our 
traditional dinner — when Joe once more 
rose to the occasion and thanked St. 
Dunstan's for what they did for us deaf 
chaps, and those St. Dunstaners who took 
the opportunity to have a chat with us all 
when they meet us at Ovingdean. G.F. 

A Blackbird Singing 

To-day I heard a blackbird sing; 

And in the high-walled garden of my mind, 

Where oft the weeds of introspection wind 

Their wormy roots about much happier thought, 

The bitter laurel of green envy grew, 

Tor he had fulsome freedom — I had not. 

Go, blackbird, singyour song; 

Tet me in my lone garden of a mind 

Walk arm-in-arm with melancholy all day long. 

To-day I heard a blackbird sing; 
And with the arrogance and beauty of the free 
He sang his song of Springtime's urgency. 
And what cared he for my containing night 
In the matchless cadence of his April day ? 
Who hates the dark must kindle his own light. 

So, blackbird, take your song; 

And should the vulture swoop, why should I weep 

For one whose wings exemplify my wrong ? 

To-day I heard a blackbird sing; 
Then, like a bowstring severed by a lance, 
My heart leapt up to his exuberance. 
His freedom lay in fealty to a mate, 
While she, with nature's wisdom in her sex, 
Abandoned hers for the simple mother's state. 

O, blackbird, singyour song! 

In your feathered ounce of molten melody 

Flows the force of life's endeavour to be strong. 

G. D. Warden 

(The above lines won first prize for 
G. Warden, of Southall, in a competition 
for the best poem organised by the 
Australian Literary Society, Queensland 
Society for the Blind Division. He also 
won first prize for an essay, " This Dark 


a <5i 

In JROTorn" 

Private Thomas Connerton, Somerset Eight Infantry 

We record with deep regret the death of T. Connerton, of Blackpool, which occurred at his home 
on April 20th. He was 73. 

He served with his regiment from 1916 to 1918 but did not come to St. Dunstan's until 1950, when 
his age prevented him undertaking any training. 

His death was sudden and unexpected. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his widow. 

Isaac A. Corns, Royal Army Veterinary Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Isaac A. Corns, who has been a resident of Pearson 
House since the end of 1959. He was eighty years old. 

He entered St. Dunstan's in March, 1919, and trained in basket-making, and he did this work until 
1923 when he went into poultry keeping with rug-making as a hobby. In 1929 he went to Australia, but 
in 1949 he lost his wife and he came back to this country at the end of that year, when he was cared for by his 
daughter, Mrs. Cooke, until bis admission to Pearson House. He died on April 10th. 

He leaves a large and devoted family to whom our deep sympathy goes in their loss. 
Private Cyril Hugh Frankish, 3rd Eeicestershire Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of C. H. Frankish, of Harraby, Carlisle, at the age of 61. 

He served in the Army from March, 1917, until his discharge in June, 1919, but he had been a 
victim of a mustard gas attack, and in 1955, as a result of its delayed effect, he came to St. Dunstan's. His 
age and ill-health ruled out any training. He had been seriously ill for many months and had borne his 
suffering with great fortitude. 

To Mrs. Frankish and her son our deepest sympathy is offered. 

Lance Sergeant James Henry Todd, 12th Bomb Disposal Company 

With deep regret we record the death of J. H. Todd, of Oxhey, Watford, at the age of 50. 

Enlisting in May, 1940, he served officially until August, 1945, although he had been admitted to 
St. Dunstan's a little while previously. He trained in telephony, upholstery and capstan lathe work and in 
1945 he became a capstan lathe operator and carried on until 1950 when he came back for a refresher course 
in telephony. He worked at this for a short while but went back again to industry and worked at his lathe 
until his death on April 22nd. 

Our very sincere sympathy goes out to Mrs. Todd and her daughters and schoolboy son, who will 
greatly miss him, and also to his other relatives in their loss. 

Braille Tests 

Senior Braille Test: J. Davies, of 

Saughal Massie. 


Kirkby. — On April 27th, to the wife of 
J. Kirkby, of Wallasey, a daughter — ■ 


Our deep sympathy is offered to the 
following : 

Harris. — To J. Harris, of Stoneleigh, in 
the loss of his mother last month. 

Polley. — To F. Polley, of London, W.12, 
whose wife died on May 7th. She had 
been in hospital for some months suffer- 
ing from heart trouble. 

Stevens. — To A. Stevens, of Winnersh, 
Wokingham, whose wife died on April 
27th. She had been ill with heart 
trouble, although she attended the Wind- 
sor Reunion with her husband only a 
fortnight before. 

Ruby Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Guisley, of Menston, 
March 31st; Mr. and Mrs. H. Baker, of 
Billericay, April 25th; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. 
Scott, of Winsford, May 20th; Mr. and 
Mrs. J. H. Palmer, of Leicester, also May 
20th; Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Matthews, of 
Soberton, May 5th; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. 
Taylor, of Worthing, May 22nd. 

Many congratulations. 

Family News 

Our late St. Dunstaner's son, Malcolm 
Kittle, who has been very ill since the death 
of his father in January, was presented 
with a daughter on April 26th. Mrs. Kittle, 
junior, was also very ill shortly before 
the baby's birth but she and her husband 
are now happily making good recoveries. 
Our good wishes go to all the family. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Albert Ward, Winchester, on March 
26th, and his sister, Marjorie, on April 9th. 

Sylvia Coles, Gloucester, to Graham 
Gardener, on March 18th. They are both 

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For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 482— Volume XLIV 

JUNE, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Mbn 


IN the House of Lords on May 30th, we had the Second Reading of the Professions 
Supplementary to Medicine Bill. This Bill proposes to establish an official Register of 
persons described as " supplementary workers in the field of medicine," such as radio- 
graphers, chiropodists, dieticians, physiotherapists, remedial gymnasts, occupational therapists 
and medical laboratory technicians. 

After this Bill becomes law, no-one may call himself a registered practitioner in one 
of these professions unless he is on the list and this means that he must be qualified and 
conform to certain standards. 

I was moved to say something about this Bill because I have been interested in the subject 
for a very long time and also because I thought I could give St. Dunstan's and St. Dunstaners 
a pat on the back which might do us all a bit of good and no harm. 

I thought it might interest St. Dunstan's physiotherapists and some others to see the 
form such a little speech in the House takes and I therefore have asked the Editor to print 
it below for what it is worth. 


Extract from Parliamentary 


House of Lords Official Report 

Professions Supplementary to Medicine Bill : 

5.55 p.m. 

Lord Fraser of Lonsdale. My Lords. 
I congratulate Her Majesty's Government 
upon having brought this Bill forward and 
secured its friendly passage through another 
place, and having presented it to your 
Lordships to-day for Second Reading. I 
consider that the structure of this Bill is 
a sound one. The supervisory co-ordinat- 
ing Council, with a nice balance between 

the old and the new professions and the 
layman, is good, and the Boards or Com- 
mittees with a majority of the supplementary 
workers is satisfactory. 

I am glad that the supplementary profes- 
sions stood up against the doctors in this 
matter and refused to be browbeaten and 
placed in a minority by them. Doctors are 
most important people, but they are not the 
only people who can do us good, and 
often " a little of what you fancy does 
you good." I am glad, therefore, that 
those in these supplementary professions 
have been given their majority on the 
Committees, not only because of their 
dignity and status, but also, as I think, 
because of their wisdom. This is not to 
say that I am in anv way opposed to 


doctors, but I am glad in this instance 
to see what is put m the Bill. The Register 
will bring protection to the entrants into 
this field, as well as prestige, and I welcome 
it on both those grounds. 

I should declare my special interest in 
this matter which arises out of no financial 
interest, direct or indirect, but because it 
has been my duty and pleasure in the last 
forty years to help a particular group of 
workers who are to be included on the 
Register. They are, broadly speaking the 
physiotherapists generally, and especially 
among their number blind physiotherapists, 
and particularly among them, the blinded 
soldier physiotherapists who have been 
my proteges. Bodies representing physio- 
therapists — the Chartered Society of Physio- 
therapy, the St. Dunstan's organisation and 
the Civilian Blind organisation — have now 
worked in harmony for a very long time 
and have done much to uphold the status 
of the profession and encourage those who 
have taken the examinations from year to 
year to take longer courses and learn 
more complicated subjects, and to get a 
very good grounding so that they become 
very expert, with sometimes three or four 
years' training. That has been a splendid 
work upon which, I believe, we ought 
to congratulate the bodies concerned, and 
particularly the Chartered Society. 

The noble Lord opposite rightly said 
that most practitioners in most of these 
professions — and especially is this the case 
with physiotherapy — will be working for 
the National Health Service. That is true, 
but do not let us forget that there are still 
a good many in private practice. I am 
glad to say that in spite of the expectation 
that the National Health Service would 
put the private physiotherapist out of 
business, it has not done so — at least, not 
as far as my St. Dunstan's friends are 
concerned. There are 110 of them in 
this country, 28 in other parts of the 
Commonwealth, and about 200 other 
blind persons, and more than half of them 
are in private practice. They include many 
young men blinded in the Second World 
War. And very good they are, and very 
successful. Nevertheless, if we add to- 
gether all the blind men and the sighted 
men who work in the physiotherapy 
professions we shall still find, when the 
Register comes to be set up, that the women 
will outnumber the men by 9 to 1. That 

cannot be helped. I am not even prepared 
to say it is a pity. I think it is just one 
of those things. But I very much hope 
that the women, though they must out- 
number the men, will not swamp the men. 
And I make a plea that when the Govern- 
ment sets up the first Committee, which 
they will do by arbitrary methods before 
the elections come along at a later stage, 
they will set a good example by trying to 
make sure that at least one man — and 
preferably, as I should wish, a St. Dunstan's 
man — might be a member of the Physio- 
therapy Committee. 

It is a pleasant thought that as a minor 
aspect of our passing this Bill to help 
these professions generally we may be 
doing a good turn to this group of men 
who have themselves done so well. It 
is 40 years since the Chartered Society 
of Physiotherapy started their campaign 
to get recognition and registration for 
their members; and these 40 years caused 
me to look up the words of an old song 
which will be familiar to some Members 
of your Lordships' House, one verse of 
which says: 

" Forty years on groiving older and older, 
Shorter of wind, as in memory long, 
Feeble of foot and rheumatic of shoulder, 
How will it help you that once you were 

strong? " 

My Lords, it will help you when you are 
suffering from the debility caused by your 
arduous labours in this House if you will 
aid these auxiliary or supplementary persons 
the better to do their job by establishing 
this register; it will help you, if I may say 
so without offending the doctors, by 
advertising my friends the " St. Dun- 
staners," if you would like to ask me 
for the name and address of one of them; 
and it will help you if you give a Second 
Reading to this Bill. 
6.3 p.m. 

St. Dunstaner Fifth in 
Stock Exchange Walk 

Congratulations to Bill Miller, who 
finished fifth in this year's Stock Exchange 
London to Brighton Walk. His time was 
9 hrs. 34 min. 24 sec, compared with the 
winner's 8 hrs. 29 min. 26 sec, and he 
regained his title from Les Dennis, who 
finished in 10 hrs. 28 min. 16 sec 


Derby Sweepstake Result 

A record entry for the Sweepstake and 
a record prize. That sums up the Derby 
Sweepstake of 1960. No fewer than 3150 
tickets were sold. The new rule that a 
stamped addressed envelope should be 
enclosed brought down the administrative 
expenses to £6 15s. 0d., leaving £387 to 
be divided as prize-money. 

The final result was as follows: 
1st St. Paddy. 

T. Dickinson, Brighton (2999), £193 10s. Od. 
2nd Alcaeus. 

J. S. Hodgson, Peterborough (3100) 

£77 8s. Od. 
3rd Kythnos. 

H. T. Cheal, Bristol (2743) £38 14s. Od. 
£5 10s. 7d. went to each of the following fourteen 
ticket holders who drew the rest of the field: — 
Auroy, H. H. Downs, Blackburn (492). 
Angers, C. E. Griffin, Enfield (799). 
Chrysler III, G. Loomis, N.W.2 (2451). 
Die Hard, O. R. Stephens, Hove (1941). 
Ides of March, G. Jenrick, Wallington (815). 
Lustrous Hope, W. J. Parnell, Blackpool (507). 
Marengo, E. J. Kift, West Norwood (29). 
Mr. Higgins, H. White, Stalybridge (1009). 
Oak Ridge, J. G. Moeller, Weybridge (389). 
Picture Goer, J. H. Smith, Birmingham (755). 
Port St. Annes, H. Pugh, Bcxhill-on-sea (957). 
Proud Chieftain, C. H. H. Ellis, Ovingdean (1658). 
Tulyartos, J. W. Abbs, Fakenham (432). 
Tudor Period, G. Stacey, Pearson House (2203). 

Those drawing non-runners were: — 
Exchange Student, J. McGuire, Reading (1621). 
Kamok, W. E. Donn, Pearson House (1862). 
Marlborough II, S. J. Moore, S.E.7 (781). 
Mozart, A. G. Emerson, Reigate (1529). 
Primon, H. M. Steel, South Woodford (2599). 
Stupor Mundi, A. H. Tuppen, Denmead (2318). 
Torullo, F. H. Simonds, Southampton (2623). 
Vienna, H. M. Steel, South Woodford (2600). 
The Field, Dennis Fleisig, Orpington (2852). 

The Draw was made at the London Club 
on May 26th by St. Dunstaners George 
Dennis and Sammy Webster, Mr. Bob 
Willis supervising the proceedings. 

Tribute to British Railways 

The following letter appeared last month 
in the Daily Telegraph and the Brighton and 
Hove Herald : 

"A number of my blind friends have 
spoken to me recently about the help they 
continue to receive on their journeys by 
rail, and especially between Victoria and 
Brighton, the line most often used by the 
men of St. Dunstan's. 

" I hope you will allow me, through 
your columns, to pay this tribute to the 
staff of British Railways, whose kindness 
and consideration does a great deal to 
ensure safe and comfortable travelling for 
the blind. Fraser of Lonsdale. 

" When St. Dunstaners Meet " 

When a totally deaf-blind St. Dunstaner 
goes to hospital, he has to break down the 
psychological barrier which dwells between 
the staff, the patients and himself. When 
I entered St. Thomas's Hospital recently, 
I was armed with my "Arcaid " and this, 
of course, made a power of difference. 
Nevertheless, I had to sell myself — to 
gain the confidence of those around me. 
Two days after my op., I lay in bed. I 
wasn't altogether sure whether I had 
promised to marry Princess Margaret or 
play in the F.A. Cup Final at Wembley. 
Someone tapped my chest. I dragged my 
left hand from under the sheets and croaked, 
" Yeah ? " Two wrist stumps found my 
hand and then wrote, " Hello. I'm Tommy 
Gaygan." I sat bolt upright in bed. 
" Why ... of all the . . . what are you 
doing here? " He told me that he had 
just arrived and that he would be sleeping 
in the next bed to me. I got out of bed, 
slipped on a dressing gown, we found 
two chairs and yapped for the rest of the 
day. We yapped next day until Tommy 
was taken for a ride on the op. trolley. 
The rest of the blokes in the ward were 
grateful for the few hours' silence that 

Mr. Gaygan was duly returned to the 
ward and for an hour or so he looked like 
an advert for frozen mutton. Time elapsed, 
then brother Gaygan began to blink his 
way back to a more possible world. His 
dry fur-coated tongue hung out of his 
parched mouth and a nurse decided some- 
thing must be done. After watering the 
bloke, the nurse came to my bed and told 
me that all was well with Mr. Gaygan 
and his vocal chords were back in action. 

The following day, Tommy was slip- 
slapping on my hand again. Thereafter, 
doctors and other members of the staff 
would get the handless wonder to talk 
on hand to me. It's not surprising that 
Tommy should have gained the admiration 
of all the staff and patients. I think it 
amazing the amount of independence our 
handless St. Dunstaners can preserve. 

For all the favours Tommy did for me I 
could only show my appreciation in the 
simplest of simple jobs, such as doing 
up or undoing his dressing gown. 

I am sincerely grateful to you, Tommy, 
for your every kind gesture. Thanks a lot. 
Wally Thomas. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

In last month's Chairman's Notes, Lord 
Fraser asked for some information about 
diving. He mentioned he had a slight 
recollection of Sir Arthur referring to an 
ex-naval diver and asked if any St. Dun- 
staner had any information on this subject. 

On my first leave home after being ad- 
mitted to St. Dunstan's in August, 1916, 
I travelled up to Hull in the company 
of another St. Dunstaner named Drum- 

In our conversation he told me he was 
going for an interview with a salvage 
firm in Hull by the name of Deheer's, Ltd. 
The purpose of the interview was to see 
whether he could take up diving with the 
firm. He said that as a diver had very 
often to work in darkness and to do the 
work by sense of touch alone, he thought 
it could be done equally well by a blind 

I met Drummond several years later 
and asked him how he got on with the 
diving. He told me it wasn't a success as 
Messrs. Deheer's couldn't put full confi- 
dence in him. 

After then, I believe he went out to 
Australia and I believe he has since died. 

Yours sincerely, 

T. W. Chamberlain, 


Dear Editor, 

In the last issue of the Review, Lord 
Fraser was writing about diving and in the 
course of his remarks mentioned that Sir 
Arthur had allowed a St. Dunstaner to 
be trained in deep sea diving, but the name 
of the man eluded him. 

I had the good fortune to be in the same 
dormitory at Sussex Place when this par- 
ticular man — an Australian named Drum- 
mond — returned for training in massage; 
he had served for a short time as a profes- 
sional diver somewhere up on the north- 
east coast, but only " went down " once 
in a while; he told me that he had strong 
grounds to believe that his team-mates 
were not playing quite fair by him in not 
letting him take full share of the duties, 
and in consequence he got bored with the 
overdose of idleness and resigned. 

I suppose it was only the name our 
Chairman wanted but records will no 
doubt confirm these recollections of a man 

I knew for a very short time in 1920 and 
have not heard of very much after that 
brief encounter. 

Yours sincerely, 

C. J. R. Fawcett, 


(We are indebted to our two St. Dun- 
staners for supplying this information. 
Our records show that T. P. Drummond, 
of Australia, had served with the Royal 
Naval Division and when he came to St. 
Dunstan's, trained as a masseur. He 
returned to Australia in 1920 when it seems 
that he took up diving again there, be- 
coming well-known in that country. He 
died in 1951. Perhaps our friends in 
Australia can tell us more of his prowess 
as a diver. Ed.). 

Dear Editor, 

Walking the streets alone and travelling 
about alone are two vastly different things, 
and the ability to do either or both is not 
proof of superiority in independence. 

I was once talking to a woman who had 
been blind all her life and who made a 
daily journey from the suburbs to the City 
and who was apparently an expert at her 
job, yet she told me she had never struck 
a match in her life, lit a gas, put a kettle 
of water on to boil or made a pot of tea, 
and said the idea of pouring out a cup of 
tea and carrying it upstairs to a sick person 
would have been out of the question! 

Much depends on whether one is out 
for exercise or pleasure. I can get a good 
brisk walk before breakfast with my stick 
when at Ovingdean and benefit from the 
exercise, but when out for pleasure, I 
prefer somebody to talk to, and to get 
off the beaten track for a change. 

Much also depends upon the neighbour- 
hood in which one resides. 
Yours sincerely, 

G. Fallowfield, 


Dear Editor, 

The mention in the Review of Lord 
Fraser having been fishing in Southern 
Ireland recalls some fishing I had there 
myself at the end of the First World War. 

After being in hospital in Cambridge 
for the effects of mustard gas, I was posted 
to the South of Ireland as M.O. in charge 
of a London regiment stationed first at 
Buttevant and then at Bandon, in County 


While at the latter place, I was invited 
by the old chieftain, the McGillicuddy 
(pronounced locally " Maclicuddy ") of the 
Reeks, to spend a few days' leave with him 
in his grand old country place at Beaufort, 
in County Kerry. The McGillicuddy was 
a grand old man, who normally lived very 
much to himself, with a pet monkey as 
his inseparable companion. However, he 
could open up to a sympathetic listener, 
and he was full of ambitious schemes and 
projects for the regeneration and prosperity 
of his beloved country. He gave me 
permission to fish as much as I liked in his 
trout waters. The river (I believe the 
Bandon) flowing through his grounds. 

Accordingly, one evening, I made my 
way down to the river, armed with a trout-fly 
(I forget which one) on, I think, a cast 
of 3x gut. 

I walked for some way along the bank, 
casting without result, when I was suddenly 
into a salmon. It turned out to be only a 
four-and-a-half pounder, but it could cer- 
tainly fight, and it took me just two hours 
to land it. 

I carried my catch home with a mixture 
of triumph and trepidation (I had no 
salmon-fishing licence). My host decided 
not to report my breach of the law! He 
said the fish was what they called a Judy — 
a spent female — and that he did not expect 
it to be particularly good eating. However, 
in this surmise he was proved wrong, as 
he himself admitted when Judy appeared 
on the table. 

The climax of this adventure came when 
the McGillicuddy asked me to explain 
exactly where I had hooked the salmon. 

When I told him he exclaimed that 
that was not his water at all, but his neigh- 
bour's, and that I had inadvertently been 
poaching. He at once insisted that we 
must confess to his neighbour and take 
the consequences. But second thoughts 
prevailed, as they have a habit of doing 
with that charming people, and it was 
finally decided to say nothing to anyone. 

Yours truly, 

H. Fergie Woods, 

London, W.1. 

Braille Tests 

Repeat Senior Braille Test: J. Davies, of 
Saughall Massie. 

Mr. H. Crabtree Retires 

Herbert Crabtree, telephonist at St. 
Dunstan's Headquarters, retired on May 
27th after twenty-five years' service. He 
came to St. Dunstan's in 1934, trained as 
a telephonist, and took over the board 
the following year. Then it was in Regent's 
Park. He has since manned it at Brighton, 
Tyttenhanger Park, Park Crescent and 191 
Marylebone Road. 

Many of his colleagues on the staff were 
there to see Mr. A. D. Lloyds, on their 
behalf, present him with a portable tran- 
sistor wireless set and a Parker pen as a 
tribute of their esteem and friendship. 

St. Dunstaners everywhere will join with 
members of the staff in wishing him 
the very best of luck in his retirement. 

A Commonwealth Conference 

As we go to press, St. Dunstaners 
representing our affiliated or associated 
organisations in the Commonwealth coun- 
tries are gathering in London for an informal 
St. Dunstan's Commonwealth Conference. 
Such a Conference was held between the 
wars and it was suggested to Lord Fraser 
by the New Zealanders and the Australians 
during his recent visit to the Antipodes 
that another meeting would be of value. 
The representatives will discuss training, 
settlement, after-care, war pensions, organ- 
isation and other matters of mutual interest. 

The party will visit St. Dunstan's Head- 
quarters and our establishments in Brighton, 
and the Royal National Institute for the 
Blind, including the Physiotherapy School 
and the Nuffield Talking Book Library. 

Attending from the Commonwealth are: 

Australia : P. J. Lynch, c.b.e., A. F. 
McConnell, m.b.e., E. Snelling. 

Canada : W. C. Dies, m.m., W. M. Mayne, 
F. J. L. Woodcock. 

New Zealand: J. E. May, W. T. Woods, 


South Africa: M. H. Norman, D. P. 


A. A. Hold, of Yeovil; C. Eighteen, of 
Reading; A. Horseman, of York (the first 
grand-daughter after four grandsons); S. 
Gobourn, of Cheltenham (the second); 
A. G. Bright, of Blackpool (for the seventh 
time); E. J. Burley, near Truro. 


St. Dunstan's Bowlers Visit 

On June 7th, sixteen members of the St. 
Dunstan's Brighton Club (Bowls Section), 
with two sighted bowlers, Messrs. Trotman 
and Stenning, made an early start to visit 
the Linburn Settlement, near Edinburgh, 
which is a community of Scottish blind 
ex-Servicemen, all of the Second World 
War, who, if married, live in houses on the 
Linburn Estate or round about, and if 
single, in a luxurious hostel. 

The main building is in the form of a 
letter " E " with the administration on the 
right, the recreation room in the middle, 
and other departments in the left leg of 
the " E." Running along the back of the 
three legs of the " E " and connected by 
a corridor are the workshops. 

We were very impressed with the very 
high standard of work done, especially in 
leather work and metal-cum-woodwork. 

From the Recreation Room, which has 
a full-size permanent stage and can seat 
some 250 people, you step on to a full-size 
bowling green, forty-one yards square, of 
Cumberland turf and kept in perfect con- 

We were met at Edinburgh by Mr. A. G. 
Vallance, Superintendent of Linburn Work- 
shops, who escorted us to the Learmouth 
Hotel where accommodation had been 
reserved for us. A little get-together was 
on the programme when the prospective 
teams went into a huddle and got ac- 
quainted. We started off with a little 
refreshment. I use the word " little " very 
cautiously, for " spirits," abstract, vegetable 
or mineral, were at hand during all hours 
of the day and most of the night. Before 
we went down to dinner, Mr. John G. 
Osborne, Convener of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Scottish National Institution 
for War-Blinded, officially welcomed us. 

Wednesday was a very full day. The 
coach collected our party for transport to 
the Linburn Settlement ten miles from 
Edinburgh, where we were again met by 
Mr. Vallance. We were then taken for a 
very full tour of the buildings and work- 
shops of which I have previously written. 

We had lunch with the Linburn boys, 
then down to real business — bowls — the 
object of our visit. Alas, we were not 
very good weather ambassadors for the 
rain came and went. However, it cleared 
up sufficiently for us to get in fifteen ends, 

Who won? Well, who cares? Keep it 
dark — we lost; 84 shots against us and 28 
for, but as one of our sighted bowlers had 
recently won a match by 66 shots, our 
jowls did not drop quite so much. After 
the match, " all aboard " was called and a 
strapping bunch of young and " not so 
young " bodies got under way en route 
for the Forth Bridge. We all know what 
a wonderful feat of construction this bridge 
was, at a time when modern aids to bridge 
construction were unknown. Refreshment 
was laid on at the " Hawes Inn," or is it 
the " Hawes Hotel," mentioned in Robert 
Louis Stevenson's " Kidnapped." 

Thursday was not a " red letter day," 
it was a " golden day." We were free 
in the morning and after lunch we again 
boarded the coach with Mr. Vallance and 
the Linburn boys and headed for the 
Border Country, to visit Earl Haig at his 
beautiful home, " Bemersyde," comprising 
1,500 acres. The Earl and Lady Haig and 
their small daughter greeted us and then 
we were personally conducted by the Earl 
over that part of the house where various 
items of interest relating to the late Field 
Marshal Haig, Founder and First President 
of the British Legion, were on view. 

Then we boarded the coach, and Dry- 
burgh was the next port of call, where a 
delicious salmon tea had to be dealt with. 
One more halt — at Stow — when hospitality 
and good fellowship was poured out in 
more ways than one — and thus we came 
to the end of our visit to Linburn. 

This visit was made possible, in the 
first instance, on the instigation of Mr. 
John G. Osborne, and his co-directors; 
then as a result of the administrative genius 
of Mr. Vallance and the zest and spirits 
of the Linburn boys, everything went 
smoothly and according to plan. 

Last, but by no means least, a special 
word of thanks is due to Mr. Willis, of 
Headquarters, whom St. Dunstan's so 
kindly loaned to us for this memorable 
occasion. As soon as I heard the voice 
of efficient and tactful Bob at Victoria 
Station, I knew the St. Dunstan's tail would 
be kept straight into fair weather. 

To our Scottish brothers, wherever you 
may be — from all St. Dunstaners — greet- 
ings for tranquillity and happiness through- 
out the ensuing years. 

Frank A. Rhodes, 

Chairman] Secretary. 


Birmingham Club Notes 
Excursion to Stratford-on-Avon 

The members of the Birmingham Club 
had to force themselves to cheerfulness as 
they made preparations to take part in 
the outing to Stratford-on-Avon on the 
morning of June 12th, for it was during 
a heavy and prolonged shower and the 
weather forecast had not been good. 

Complete with macs, practically every 
member who had promised turned up at 
the place convenient for meeting one of 
the two coaches, and were rewarded by a 
fine, dry afternoon and evening and by a 
most enjoyable trip. 

Arriving at 2.30, the party took tea, 
coffee or lemonade in preparation for a 
" voyage " on the river steamer. The 
first boatload only managed about twenty 
yards before the motor broke down. In 
fact, they had to wait till the second group 
arrived back some half an hour later and 
" trans-ship " to their craft. 

After a stroll along the river bank, and 
games and ices in the Recreation Ground, 
all crossed by the ferry and some fifty 
adults and a dozen children made their 
way to the Stratford British Legion Head- 
quarters. Here the customary warm wel- 
come and sumptuous tea awaited. No 
praise can be too high for the hospitality 
of our friends at the British Legion. 

After tea, the Chairman had many 
apologies to make on behalf of absent 
ones who sent greetings. 

It was disappointing not to see such 
stalwarts as Mrs. Spurway, Miss Chadwick, 
Miss Gough, Mr. Maurice of the Legion, 
our own Hon. Sec, Miss Maisie Streets, 
our Hon. Treasurer, W. Shakespeare, and 
others who could not manage to come, 
but gratifying to know they wished to be 
with us in spirit. 

After a pleasant hour or so of chatting, 
music and refreshments at the Legion 
Club, the coaches were boarded for the 
return journey, with everyone feeling con- 
tent with a most enjoyable day. 

All members join in gratitude to Miss 
Streets for her successful planning, to 
Miss Shakespeare for " standing in " so 
efficiently for her brother and arranging 
the little surprise treats for children and 
others, and to all who helped to make 
this an outing worthy to remember. 

R. T. Cooling, 


The Reunions 

A most enjoyable Reunion was held at 
the Queen's Hotel, Birmingham, on Satur- 
day, May 14th. It was presided over by 
our President, Sir Neville Pearson, bt., and 
as in the case of most of our Reunions 
this year, the weather was glorious. There 
were fifty-three St. Dunstaners present 
from many Midland towns and old friends 
who met them were Miss N. Gough, Mr. J. 
Sherratt and Mr. George White. 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell presided at a well- 
attended Reunion at Blackpool on May 25th, 
in the Casino, and during the afternoon 
our St. Dunstaners were entertained by 
a small party of artistes from the Queen's 
Theatre, which included the Beauty Queen 
of Canada. Miss Vaughan Davies and . 
Miss E. G. Doel were both present to meet 
their old friends, together with Miss 
Maddison from Lewis's, who takes such 
an interest in our work, and Mrs. Wadding- 

Mr. Hopewell also presided at the Chester 
Reunion on the following Friday, May 
27th, at the Grosvenor Hotel, when some 
thirty-six St. Dunstaners attended. Old 
friends present included Mrs. Doel and 
Mrs. Eaton and the Reunion was a very 
enjoyable one. 

On Saturday, May 28th, Sir Neville 
Pearson presided at the Manchester Reunion 
at the Grand Hotel, which was attended by 
nearly fifty St. Dunstaners. Miss Vaughan 
Davies and Miss E. G. Doel were there, too. 
Everyone enjoyed the wonderful lunch 
provided by the Grand Hotel and had a 
most happy social afternoon. 

Gift to the Deaf-Blind Watch Fund 

W. Robbins, of Bournemouth, has sent 
to the Deaf-Blind Watch Fund the sum 
of £137 lis. 6d., this being a donation from 
the Working Men of the Talbot Rise Club. 
This splendid contribution was made up 
of a pile of pennies amounting to 
£116 15s. 6d., a guessing-the-amount-of- 
pennies competition, which produced 
£18 16s. Od. and odd silver to the value of 
£2 10s. Od. It was in December, 1958, 
that our St. Dunstaner suggested that this 
unique effort for charity should be devoted 
to the Deaf-Blind Watch Fund, which as 
all St. Dunstaners will remember, was 
begun by Mr. W. H. Ottaway in lieu of 
a retirement present. 


From All Quarters 

One of Walter Thornton's Youth Club 
members at Cadbury's, Birmingham, was 
a Gold Badge winner in the Duke of 
Edinburgh's Awards Scheme. Mr. Thorn- 
ton handles all the organisation for more 
than fifty boys taking part in this Scheme. 
His experience as a swimmer and diver 
has enabled him to coach the lad, David 
McCann, personally in the life-saving sec- 
tion of the Gold Medal Course. 

• • • 

The Rev. Andrew Nugee, who served 
with the Rifle Brigade in the First World 
War, recently wrote an article for The Times 
about a march and inspection in 1915. 
This has brought him contacts with his 
old unit and has led to his being asked to 
take the Memorial Service on Armistice 
Sunday at the Regimental War Memorial 
in London. 

• • • 

Jack E. Rose, for ten years Public Rela- 
tions Officer at St. Dunstan's, was presented 
to Her Majesty The Queen at the reception 
for Commonwealth journalists on May 
30th. Mr. Rose was the oldest working 
journalist present. Fifty- three years ago 
he was a Court correspondent with a 
national news agency. 

• • • 

H. H. Downs, of Blackburn, recently 
retired from work at the age of 67, after 
forty-eight years' service with his employers. 
We believe that this is the longest industrial 
employment on our records. 

• • • 
Maureen Lees is again organising an 

Exhibition and Sale of Handicrafts of war 
and civilian blind and disabled, to be held 
at Port Sunlight in December. The open- 
ing ceremony will be performed by Viscount 
Leverhulme. St. Dunstaners and their 
friends will be very welcome to visit the 

• • • 

Mrs. Madge Barder has just returned 
from a long holiday in South Africa and 
brings good wishes from St. Dunstaners 
there to all other St. Dunstaners and 
members of the staff. She also adds her 
own good wishes. 

• • • 

Dennis Ransom, well-known locally for 
his contemporary tile-top tables, had his 
own exhibit at Guildford Ideal Homes and 
Trades Fair in May. It was very well 
reviewed in the press. 

Writing in praise of the V.A.D.s and 
other staff at St. Dunstan's, J. Todd, of 
Wembley, said : 

" I would say that the pleasure and 
benefit of a holiday at Ovingdean 
are largely due to the V. A.D. administration. 
I wish I had not waited some fifteen years 
or so before making my first visit there 
just over a year ago." 

South Norwood St. Dunstan's 

At the 20th Public Meeting of the South 
Norwood St. Dunstan's Group, organised 
by a very old friend of St. Dunstan's, 
Miss M. Jameson, m.b.e., Miss Marjorie 
Anderson, B.B.C. Women's Hour commere, 
interviewed "a St. Dunstan's family " — 
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dudley, with their son, 
Michael. Miss Anderson also interviewed 
Miss M. E. Stevens about her work as 
Welfare Visitor. 

On behalf of St. Dunstan's, Ted Dudley 
presented Miss Anderson with an inscribed 
copy of " Life in My Hands," by Wally 

Cardiff Club Outing 

On Saturday, May 28th, Cardiff Club 
members started off by coach in perfect 
weather for what has now become an annual 
outing. Visiting Monmouth, for light 
refreshments, then on to " The Green 
Dragon Hotel," Hereford, for lunch, where 
we were met by our Visitor, Miss Blebta, 
who we were all delighted to see. After 
lunch, all went their different ways (shop- 
ping, etc., mostly by the ladies), after which 
we were off again to Symonds Yat for tea, 
walks, boating on the River Wye, etc., then 
on again to Abergavenny for a short stay 
before returning to home ground tired, 
but with many thanks to King Sol for 
being so kind with the weather. 

E. J. Lloyd, 
Hon. Secretary. 

A Golden Wedding 

Mr. George White, who retired from 
St. Dunstan's service in 1951 after thirty- 
two years with the Basket Department, 
celebrated his Golden Wedding on June 
25th. His many friends will join us in 
sending George and Mrs. White our 
warmest congratulations. 


Tales of Ind 
Stranger Than Fiction 

From Tarnau in Galicia 

To Boiv bazaar they came, 
To eat the bread of infamy 

A.nd drink the wine of shame. 

Rudyard Kipling. 

The old man stood on the pavement 
outside St. Joseph's Home for poor and 
aged Europeans of which he was a guest. 
It was a lovely day in late October and a 
definite tang in the air heralded the approach 
of the Calcutta cold weather. It was his 
day out and he wondered how he should 
spend it. He hadn't much money so he 
debated as to the merits of sitting in the 
Eden gardens and watching the ships 
going up and down the river, or should 
he go to that marble monstrosity the 
Victoria Memorial? 

Deep in thought the old man did not 
observe the approach of an extremely 
pretty and well dressed young woman who, 
smiling, said to him — " Would you be 
interested in earning a thousand rupees ? " 
The woman spoke with a strong foreign 
accent and after the old man had recovered 
from his surprise, she continued. " I 
require British nationality in order to 
remain in the country and follow my 
profession, and in order to simplify matters 
it would be quicker to marry an Englishman. 
If you are prepared to marry me I will 
give you a thousand rupees and after the 
ceremony we will have a champagne lunch 
at Firpo's, after that we shall part for ever." 
The money seemed a fortune to the old 
man and he agreed to meet the woman 
a few days later at the Registrar's office 
in the Town Hall. 

After the couple were married they 
repaired to Firpo's reataurant on Chow- 
ringhee for lunch. When the meal was 
ended they left the restaurant and parted. 

The old man stood on the pavement and 
maybe the rich food coupled with the wine, 
caused his blood to run faster, and he felt 
in a venturesome mood. He suddenly 
remembered that there were races that 
afternoon and he decided to spend the 
afternoon at the races. He was in time 
for the first race and he placed a modest 
bet. He won. Again he tried his luck, 
but with a larger stake: this won also. 
He continued to place large sums which 

brought him large profits. The old man 
went on winning, in fact he couldn't go 
wrong, so much so that at the end of the 
day his winnings had swollen to fifteen 
thousand rupees . . . 

As the old man left the course his 
thoughts were in a whirl. After all, the 
sum he had won represented about £1,200 
and those were the days when money went 
a long way. He was free to do what he 
liked — why shouldn't he. Then he thought 
of his good bed, his pals at the Home 
and the kind Sisters. By this time he 
found he was entering the compound of 
the Home and as he stepped on to the 
deep verandah he almost collided with the 
Sister Superior. Thrusting his hands into 
his pocket he brought out a bundle of 
notes which he placed in the hands of the 
astonished woman. 

It is said that truth is stranger than fiction, 
and this story would appear to support 
that view, for not only is it true, but it 
is wholesome, which is more that can be 
said of some of the fiction produced to-day. 
Duncan McAlpin. 

(This article was too late for the braille issue of the 
"Review" but will appear there next month). 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following 
who are celebrating their 40th wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Kempster, of Hemel 
Hempstead, May 1st; Mr. and Mrs. W. 
Bramson, of South Woodingdean, May 
24th; Mr. and Mrs. T. Partington, of 
Manchester, May 29th; Mr. and Mrs. C. 
Durkin, of Worcester, June 26th. 

• • • 

The Brighton Evening Argus on May 5 th 
carried nearly a half-page story — "A Story 
of Courage," they called it — about Percy 
Stephens, of Hove, who is a crippled and 
paralysed St. Dunstaner. Percy, who is 
still under sixty, joined the Royal Navy 
in 1917, and served at Scapa Flow and 
the Dardanelles. He has been chair-bound 
for more than twenty years, his sight failing 
in 1957, but he is still an enthusiastic 
race-goer. A picture of Percy playing 
dominoes with two admiring youngsters 
accompanied the story. 



Talking Book Library 
Glorious June 

Half a dozen books to while away any 
rainy days. 

" The One That Got Away," by Kendal 
Burt and James Leasor, reader Robert 
Gladwell, is a more interesting wartime 
escape story, in that the hero is a German 
escaping from one of our prisons. After 
many abortive attempts, all of which hold 
the interest, his final break-out is an 
immense effort and one can't help wishing 
him " the best of luck." Except for the 
" escaping foe " angle the atmosphere is 
the same as all the famous wartime escape 
books. It is good to realise that initiative 
was not a prerogative of the Allies alone. 
Cat. No. 81. 

" The Golden Sovereign," by Richard 
Church, reader Robin Holmes, is an autobio- 
graphical sequel to " Over the Bridge," which 
is already in the library. Cat. No. 467. 

" The Angel in the Corner," by Monica 
Dickens, reader Eric Gillett, is an all too 
common tragedy of the awkward relation- 
ship of a mother and daughter when the 
father walks out on them. The psycho- 
logical stresses are further aggravated for 
the girl when she marries a penniless drifter 
inclined towards drink and easy money 
crime, and her mother marries an American 
millionaire who whisks her off to New York. 
Quite a bit of incident and a not too 
unhappy ending round the book off 
nicely. Cat. No. 487. 

" Gideon's Night," by J. J. Marric, 
reader Arthur Bush, is by no means a 
biblical romance. It is an up-to-date, 
minute by minute account of the night 
duty of a Superintendent of the C.I.D. 
Authentic or not I cannot say, but that 
point is hardly relevant and as Johnny Ray 
might say, " What a Night." Cat. No. 482. 

" The Enchanted Summer," by Marjorie 
Warby, reader Roy Williams, is a pleasant 
little romance. The heroine crews on a 
canal barge during a cruising season. She 
is 18 and her two elder sisters have looked 
after her so far, but both of them are about 
to be married, hence no home for the 
1 8 year old. She has her magic summer and 
then all three sisters sprout orange blossom! 
Cat. No. 466. 
Also released: — ■ 

" Private's Progress," by Alan Hackney, 
reader Franklin Engelmann. Cat. No. 484. 


Just Suppose — 

My secret wish for someone else would 
be for my next-door neighbours to come 
into money. Then perhaps they would 
be able to afford their own garden tools 
and would be able to stock up the larder, 
so that they don't have to borrow my tea, 
sugar, flour, jam and cigarettes, then forget 
to pay me back, and in return, I forget to 
remember what they have borrowed. 
Margaret Stanway, 


Assuming that I have at last " clicked " 
for a large pools win, and after getting 
over the shock and as a change from the 
usual procedure, it will be my turn to 
send to St. Dunstan's a generous share 
of this as a very slight mark of gratitude 
for all that our late Chief's work has meant 
to me and mine over the years. 

H. A. Hammett, 

Carterton, Oxford. 

If I had sufficient cash I would like to 
present the Bridge Club with a set of 
automatic bridge playing machines. 

With the aforementioned machines, all 
you would have to do would be — -just 
deal and suit the cards, slip them in the 
machine, depress a lever marked final 
contract, and out would shoot a card 
showing the final contract. 

There would be no more arguments, no 
more post-mortems, no rushing down to 
the " Old Grey Mule " for a quick one 
between sessions; one could sit in the 
sawdust with the physios, talking biology 
instead of bridge (or is it a lot of Bull?). 

S. H. Webster, 

Forest Hill. 

My " magic wand " wish for others 
would cost nothing financially but the 
results would far exceed any advantages 
gained by gifts of money. 

I consider happiness to be the ultimate 
goal for which mankind should be striving 
and, with its achievement, contentment and 
peace must surely follow. We do occasion- 
ally meet people who can smile in the face 
of adversity and their lesson, I am sure, 
could be well followed by the rest of us. 

My wish would therefore be — " God 
bless you and keep you happy! " 

H. C. Ollington, 'London, S.W.18. 

(This competition is now closed. Two 
guineas goes to Phillip Wood, of Hyde, 
and the sender of every other entry 
printed receives 10s. 6d.). 



Lord Fraser's Coat of Arms 
Motto in Braille 

From the Daily Mail, May 24th, 1960. 
Paul Tanfield: 

Heraldry experts were surprised last 
night when they saw for the first time the 
coat-of-arms chosen by Lord Fraser of 

The life peer has had his motto, " Je 
suis prest " (I am ready) written in braille. 

When his arms go into the reference 
works, such as Debrett and Burke's Peerage, 
the motto will appear as a series of dots 
which will be understood by few. 

Nevertheless, it neatly sums up Lord 
Fraser's 44-year fight against blindness. 

In 1916, at the age of 18, he was blinded 
on the Western Front. He became famous 
as Sir Ian Fraser, the blind M.P., the 
President of the British Legion, the cham- 
pion of those who cannot see. 

Last night, at his house in Regent's 
Park, London, he said: 

" This is not the only reference to blind- 
ness in my arms. There is a torch, the 
torch of St. Dunstan's, symbolising light 
in the darkness. 

" I wrote out the braille translation of 
my motto for Sir George Bellew, the Garter 
King of Arms, and then it was copied 
at the College of Heralds. 

" It was really his idea. He wanted to 
make the arms fit the aspects of my life, 
the family connections, and also what they 
call the achievements. 

" The motto is the Fraser family motto 
which I have always been entitled to use. 
Putting it into braille indicates for all time 
the particular circumstances of my life." 

The rest of the arms is made up of the 
Fraser stag (his family connections), the 
Flanders poppy (his British Legion work) 
and the Springbok, representing South 
Africa, where he spent his childhood. 

Correspondent Wanted 

A German war-blinded man, who is 
almost totally deaf and has lost his right 
hand and left forefinger, is anxious to 
learn English, not only for himself but 
to help his 13 year old son. He reads 
braille a little and is very anxious to find 
a correspondent who might help him to 
further his braille as well as his English. 
Can anyone help? 

Family News 

We said in April that C. Durkin's son 
was going to Australia in the Comet 
which was dying the Duke of Edinburgh 
there. That trip was postponed owing to 
Princess Margaret's wedding, but Engineer 
Officer F. T. Durkin was on the Comet 
flying the Duke from London Airport 
to Canada and New York and back in 

• • • 

We have just heard that in the New Year's 
Honours List, Master Engineer Thomas L. 
Salter, d.f.m. (Royal Air Force), was 
awarded the Queen's Commendation for 
valuable service in the air. Master Engin- 
eer Salter is the son of T. W. Salter, of 
London, S.W.I 1. 

• • • 

Terence Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
G. S. Brooks, of Bedford, has obtained a 
degree with honours at Downing College, 
Cambridge, in Classics, and takes up a post 
as Classics Master at King's Public School, 
Rochester, next September. 

• • • 

Stephen Langton, Bottesford, was captain 
of the school junior team this year and 
represented his school in the area sports 
for the high jump. His brother Cedric 
received his senior football colours this year. 

• • • 

Marjorie Fallowrield is a ship's stewardess 
and was on the lvernia on the St. Lawrence 
River when the Queen opened this great 
seaway. She then joined the Southern Cross, 
bound for a round-the-world trip across the 
Atlantic to the West Indies, then Panama, 
Fiji, Auckland, New Zealand, and then 
Australia; and here she realised her great 
ambition. She met her sister, Joan, who 
has been out there for fourteen years. 
The two sisters, with Joan's husband and 
six children, saw over the Southern Cross, 
then spent the day together in Melbourne. 
All too soon, the girls had to part again 
and Marjorie has since docked at South- 
ampton once again. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On April 9th, Marjorie Ward, Winchester, 
to Private Barry Pain, Hampshire Regiment, 
and on April 29th, Albert Ward to Rose- 
mary Tiller. 

On April 2nd, Pamela Jean Hold, 
Yeovil, to Thomas John Matthews. They 
were married by Jean's aunt, Brigadier 
Winifred Hold, of the Salvation Army. 




Jn Jtltmflri)" 

Private Samuel R. Stevenson, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of S. R. Stevenson, of Walthamstow. He was 63. 

Enlisting in 1917, he was discharged that same year but did not come under St. Dunstan's care until 
October, 1952. The state of his health then ruled out any training. His health had deteriorated considerably 
in recent months and he went to Pearson House, where he died on May 13th. 

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. Fowler, his brother-in-law, and to his other relatives. 

Private Cornelius H. Van Niekerk, South African Infantry 
We record with deep regret the death of C. H. Van Niekerk, of Brighton — "Van" to his many friends. 

He was 63. 

Van enlisted in August, 1915, and came to St. Dunstan's in June, 1918. He trained in poultry-keeping 

and basket-making, but followed the latter craft for a time. He later went back to South Africa but returned 

again to England where he again took up baskets. His health however had not been good in recent years. 

Mrs. Van had to enter hospital, and Van was staying at Ovingdean, and it was there suddenly, on May 22nd, 

that he died. Van had for years been a keen member of the Bridge Club. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Van, who at the time of writing is herself still in hospital, and 
to John, their son. 

C. A. Blanks 
A. Budden 
H. E. Hill 

Carl Rasmussen 

We also have to record with deep regret the deaths of C. A. Blanks, of Cambridge ; A. Budden, 
of London, S.W.17; H. E. Hill, of Devizes; and Carl Rasmussen, of Victoria, Australia. Full tributes 
will appear next month. 


Cope. — On May 23rd, to the wife of H. 

Cope, of Stoke-on-Trent, a daughter — ■ 

Mary Rose. 
Simpson. — To the wife of J. Simpson, of 

Hemel Hempstead, on June 7th, a 

daughter — June Marie. 


Our deep sympathy goes to the following: 
Culley. — To B. Culley of Caterham, in the 
recent loss of his father. He lived in the 
north of England. 

Duffee. — To Mr. and Mrs. P. Duffee, of 
Kingston-on-Thames, in the loss of a 
much loved little niece. 

Greenacre. — To R. W. Greenacre, of 
Dunstable, whose eldest brother died in 
March of this year after a serious illness. 

Moorley.— To T. H. Moorley, of Chaddes- 
den, whose mother died on June 9th 
after a long illness. She was 78. 

Owen. — To D. Owen, of Rhos-on-sea, 
whose sister died on Mav 4th. 

Platt. — To A. V. Piatt, of Huddersfield, who 
lost his mother on May 15th. 

Wells.— To W. Wells, of Finedon, in the 
loss of his wife after a long illness. 
Mrs. Wells died on June 13th. 

Mr. C. Van Niekerk 

Mrs. Doris M. Toulmin writes: 
" Van was a good friend of mine for 
the last twelve years. He came to my 
house about once a month to play bridge 
and alwavs was full of enquiries about our 
health and our doings. The fact that he 
was seldom free from pain was only men- 
tioned once. He had pieces of shrapnel 
all over his body, chronic bronchitis, a 
stiff right leg, yet he was always full of 
jokes and no complaints. He played a 
good game of bridge, did not fuss his 
partner and entered into all our doings. 
We shall miss him very much indeed. He 
was a shining example of great courage." 
(Mrs. Muir-Martin asks that her name 
be associated with Mrs. Toulmin's in 
this tribute). 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.t 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton. 

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For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 483— Volume XLV 

JULY, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 



WONDER how many of our 1914-1918 war men ever dreamed in their training days 
that in time to come it would no longer be, " St. Dunstan's, Regent's Park," but " St. 
Dunstan's throughout the world " ? 

Good does occasionally come out of evil. The First World War brought in its wake 
great grief, loss and destruction, but it also brought about the foundation of St. Dunstan's, 
and the return of its young blinded soldiers to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South 
Africa undoubtedly set in train what one might call a revolution in the blind world. 

There had, of course, been excellent local agencies for the blind in most of these countries 
but with the return of these men a new gospel was spread and to-day national organisation 
covers them all and the standard of welfare for blind people in all parts of the Commonwealth 
is high indeed. This, I am sure, is a direct result of the teaching of St. Dunstan's and of 
the new light which it shed upon the training and care of blind people. 

And it is not only in the countries of the Commonwealth that the spirit of St. Dunstan's 
has shown itself. Its methods have been admired and copied by countries in all parts of the 

In two World Wars, in addition to the blinded men of the Commonwealth who came 
either to St. Dunstan's in England, or to our present counterparts overseas, we have been 
g'ad to welcome blinded men from France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Poland and the 
United States, and, indeed, a representative number from countries as far apart metaphorically 
as Eire, Jugoslavia, Esthonia and Persia. They did not all remain to become full St. 
Dunstaners but they did live among us for a while, learning the lessons we learnt, and 
becoming in the process, cheerful, confident and independent. I hear from many of these 
men from time to time and they tell me that apart from benefiting from their stay with us, 
they have been able to spread the St. Dunstan's spirit and pass on many of the lessons they 
learned to others in their own countries. Our comrades in the Commonwealth and in all 
the countries I have mentioned have contributed in no small measure to making the name 
of St. Dunstan's an honoured one throughout the world. 

We are always glad when we have the opportunity of welcoming back to St. Dunstan's 
our friends from overseas and such an opportunity presented itself during the past month 
when we had the pleasure of meeting St. Dunstaners from Australia, New Zealand, Canada 
and South Africa, who have been in London for a Commonwealth Conference. 

2 ST. DUNSTA'TS review 


It was also a great pleasure to meet, during the past month, members of the Belgian 
organisation for the war-blinded and their devoted leader and Vice-President, Major 
Georges Delvaux, who were on a two-day visit to this country. 

I am bad at languages, as most Britons are, and I was full of admiration — and perhaps 
a little bit jealous — when Paul Nuyens, at a dinner at which I welcomed the Belgians, translated 
the speeches into the three languages of English, French and Flemish with great fluency, 
and when at the luncheon at the House of Commons which ended the Commonwealth 
Conference, Danie Pretorius, whose mother tongue is, of course, Afrikaans, replied to 
the toast of " The Guests " in polished English. 


Canadian St. Dunstaner Honoured 

Captain Edwin A. Baker, St. Dunstaner 
and Managing Director of the Canadian 
National Institute for the Blind, is the 
first recipient of the Helen Keller Inter- 
national Award for outstanding service to 
the blind. The award was instituted on 
Miss Keller's 80th birthday and the presen- 
tation — a bronze statuette on an ebony 
pedestal — was made to Captain Baker on 
June 27th. 

His many friends at St. Dunstan's will 
congratulate Eddie Baker upon this signal 

The Rev. Geoffrey Treglown 

The Rev. Geoffrey Treglown, m.b.e., 
who served as a Methodist Army Chaplain 
in the last war, has now entered the Church 
of England. He was ordained Deacon by 
the Bishop of Bristol in Bristol Cathedral 
on Trinity Sunday. He has begun work 
as Assistant Curate in the Parish of Christ- 
church, Hanham, in the Bristol diocese. 

In a statement to the Press, Mr. Treglown 
said recently: " My main reason for becom- 
ing an Anglican is the worship of the 
Prayer Book, which I have used privately 
for many years. I have felt bound in the end 
to enter the Church whose worship I love, 
and in which the Sacraments play so central 
a part. At the same time, I am deeply 
grateful to Methodism for the theological 
training I received years ago, and for the 
fellowship I have enjoyed with Methodists 
and still do enjoy. I shall continue to 
pray and work for the reunion of the 
Methodist Church with the Church of 


Arthur Hazel, of Merton Park, retired 
last month after thirty-five years with the 
North Thames Gas Board. 

A farewell gift of a dinner service was 
made to him on behalf of his colleagues 

by the local manager at Walham Green, 
Mr. G. W. Sutherland. 

• • • 

M. (Micky) Burran, of London, W.l, 
retired on July 1st from his post as telephone 
operator at Earl Fitzwilliam's London 
Office. With the exception of the war 
years, when he was loaned to St. Dunstan's 
in Regent's Park, Micky had worked at the 
Earl's house continuously since November, 
1922. The office has now been closed. 
Mr. and Mrs. Burran are leaving for the 
United States on August 11th for a three- 
month visit to their family there. 

— And a Come-back 

Bill Harding, of London, N.4, retired 
from his job as a telephone operator some 
years ago. At the end of May there was 
an urgent call for him to go back and 
help them out — and he went! 

Bank Statements in Braille 

In future, blind customers of Lloyds Bank 
will receive on request a braille transcript 
of their current account statement in 
addition to their normal statement sheet. 

This new service has been developed by 
the bank in close co-operation with the 

Initially the transcripts will be prepared 
by the Institute on normal braille sheets 
and arrangements have been made by the 
Bank to ensure the secrecy of its customers' 


H. Ollington, of London, S.W.I 8 (Anne 
has given birth to a son); another grandson 
for J. R. Smith, of Handsworth Wood; 
W. E. Brookes, of Southampton, has 
become a grandfather for the tenth time 
(Mrs. Donald Brookes, who has just had 
a daughter, will be remembered as Miss 
Arnold, V.A.D.), she now has a boy and 
a girl; A. Keegan, of Cork, the twenty- 
fourth grandchild; J. Lawson of Stretton, 
Warrington, now has a grandson. 


An Open Letter 

Dear St. Dunstaner, 

The following article refers to the St. 
Dunstan's Bridge Club (London Section), 
but I hope that even if you are not interested 
in the game, you will carry on reading. 
It may be possible for you to pass the 
information on to some of your friends 
who do not read the Review. For those 
who are interested, do not let distance 
worry you. We have men attending from 
places as far afield as Maidenhead, Southend 
and Northampton, and many outlying 
districts of London, so get in touch with 
G. P. Brown at Headquarters if you would 
like further information. 

The first six months of this year has been 
a busy time; eight matches have been 
played against visiting teams and the score 
at the end of the period reads — five wins 
to the visitors and three to St. Dunstaners. 

As captain, I am very well satisfied with 
the results. Two of the matches we lost 
were less than 300 points so you will see 
the games were pretty keen. We have 
many more matches arranged for the next 
six months. Next on the list we have 
three Bridge Drives. I should like to 
mention here that each man plays with 
a sighted partner and the numbers attend- 
ing are usually around forty. One Bridge 
Drive is sponsored by Miss Hensley who 
presents the prizes and also a very nice tea, 
greatly appreciated by the men. Interest 
is kept alive by inter-League competitions 
for a Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Cup; 
for this competition the pairs are drawn 
out of the hat and you carry on until you 
have played each pair. 

June 18th was a big day for St. Dunstan's 
bridge players. We had as our guests 
members of the London Bridge Club, many 
of whom have represented Britain in inter- 
national matches, and five teams of four 
came along, many of whose voices are 
well known to listeners on the B.B.C. 
(Bridge on the Air). Forty players took 
part in the match. On the St. Dunstan's 
side the winners were Messrs. Nuyens, 
Gover, Thompson and Winter, the run- 
ners-up being Messrs Crabtree, Armstrong, 
Webster and Brown. 

Now, friends, I hope that you will agree 
the programme outlined above, considering 
the fact that we only meet on Saturday 
afternoons, is a very busy one but, mark 

you, not too busy to accept and help any 
new members who would like to join us. 
New members are badly wanted so please 
try and make the effort. I am sure you 
will not regret it. I can thoroughly 
recommend the refreshments provided by 
Mrs. Willis, wife of Bob Willis, the Club 
Steward, who is always willing and ready 
to help all members. 

G. P. Brown, 


A Memorable Holiday 

In a most interesting letter to Lord 
Fraser, Leonard Arnold, of Poole, writes : 

" Since my retirement in 1952, with the 
exception of a delightful fortnight at 
Ovingdean, we have not had a holiday. 
During my working career, my wife and 
I went abroad on several occasions because 
I found that visiting the Continent was 
one of the best methods of keeping my 
mind alert and putting me on a par with 
the sighted community. 

" The one country we had not visited 
but had dreamed about so often, was 
Greece. We had read much, for we are 
interested in archaeology and history, and 
had often imagined the joy of exploring 
the Acropolis at Athens, and now this has 
been accomplished. It is marvellous to 
realise that the reality was even greater 
than the dream. 

" After Athens came Rhodes, where we 
browsed in the old Turkish town, visiting 
Byzantine churches and mosques, and spent 
some happy hours with the ghosts of the 
Knight Templars in the Grand Masters 

" Then came the climax of our trip, 
Crete, and to us Crete meant Knossus. 
We had read what we could find on this 
subject but when, at last, we were actually 
in the excavations and reconstructions that 
the genius of Evans had uncovered, our 
breath was literally taken away. This 
amazing Palace of the Double Oxen, which 
once may have housed a thousand people, 
was almost beyond belief. To think that 
such work should have been accomplished 
nine to six thousand years B.C. seemed 
almost impossible." 

* • • 

E. Grant, of Glossop, was asked to 
represent the town's blind people when a 
Garden for the Blind was opened in one 
of the parks recently. 



St. Dunstan's Commonwealth 

As we reported last month, St. Dun- 
staners representing our affiliated or associa- 
ted organisations in the Commonwealth 
countries have been meeting in London 
this month to discuss training, settlement, 
after-care, war pensions, organisation and 
other matters of mutual interest. 

The Conference was held from July 4th — 
8th and on the evening of the opening 
day, the delegates attended a reception 
given at their home by Lord and Lady 

Lord Fraser was Chairman of the Con- 
ference and he and Lady Fraser were 
present at practically all the meetings. 
During the week, sessions were devoted 
to the whole field of employment of St. 
Dunstaners — in open industry, telephony, 
physiotherapy, country life, etc., or in 
home occupations or executive posts, and 
the various problems concerning training 
and placement in the various countries 
were fully discussed. Another session was 
devoted to a discussion upon appliances 
and aids for the blind. There was also 
a demonstration of the devices which St. 
Dunstan's Research Department has in- 
vented and developed, particularly for those 
with additional disabilities. The subject of 
after-care occupied a full session. 

A day was spent at Brighton where the 
delegates made a tour of the Training Centre 
and where they were able to meet several 
St. Dunstaners at Ovingdean and at Pearson 

On the Wednesday evening, they visited 
Hampton Court and attended dinner as 
the guests of Sir Neville and Lady Pearson. 

Another visit was to the headquarters 
of the Royal National Institute for the 
Blind where the delegates were welcomed 
by the Secretary-General, Mr. J. C. Colligan, 
and later toured the School of Physiotherapy 
and the Sound Recording Studios. 

Amongst the various functions arranged 
during the week was a luncheon at the 
House of Commons where the principal 
guest was the Minister of Pensions and 
National Insurance, the Rt. Hon. John 
Boyd-Carpenter, m.p. The delegates also 
attended the annual Garden Party and 
Sports Day at Ovingdean on July 9th. 

Liverpool Club Notes 

On Saturday, June 11th, the Club 
members went on their Annual Summer 
Outing. This year it was to Fleetwood 
and Blackpool. Leaving our headquarters 
at 10 a.m., we picked up some of our 
members who live on the outskirts and 
even farther; one lives in the wilds of 
Maghull where I believe they are now 
civilised and take English money (no prizes 
for guessing who this is). 

We then proceeded through the country 
lanes to Longdon, where light refreshments 
could be had (a teetotaller's joint, I heard 
some chaps say). On again through Pres- 
ton until we met the sea at Cleveleys and 
along the coast to Fleetwood, where I 
believe one can buy fish. 

We arrived at the " Marine Hall " in 
nice time for dinner, where the boys 
wrestled with large legs of chicken — some 
were lucky and got breast. 

After dinner and a wash and brush up, 
we had an hour or so to enjoy the briny 
and the breezes; some strolled along the 
Prom.; others not so robust rested in the 
quiet of " Ye Old Tavern." 

About three o'clock, we set out along 
the front to Blackpool and its delights. 
Alighting at the Casino (not a pub) the 
Pleasure Beach next door provided plenty 
of fun and amusements. Tea was served 
at the Casino and we were very glad to 
meet our old friend of " Concord " days, 
Miss B. Vaughan-Davies ; being so close 
to the Home of happier days must have 
caused a bit of nostalgia in some of us. 
Leaving Blackpool just after seven, a call 
was made for the usual mouth-wash at 
the " Rose and Crown " at Hoole; I 
noticed that Pierpoint who used to " hang " 
around there had vanished; we did not 
stay long enough to see his ghost. 

We arrived home in Liverpool again 
around ten o'clock after a very enjoyable 
and pleasant outing. 

I am sure there must be some St. Dun- 
staners who would also enjoy these pleasant 
outings and our Christmas party. They 
would find good friends and companions 
in our Club, which meets every other 
Saturday afternoon at three o'clock at the 
British Legion rooms in Hardman Street. 

J. Blakely. 


Visit of Belgian War-Blinded 

On Tuesday, June 21st, a party of war- 
blinded Belgians — members of l'Oeuvre des 
Aveugles de Guerre de S.M. la Reine 
Elisabeth — arrived in this country for a 
two-day visit. 

They were welcomed at Dover by Lord 
and Lady Fraser of Lonsdale and enter- 
tained by them to dinner at the Dover 
Stage Hotel, where the guests included the 
Mayor of Dover, Alderman Mrs. Dorothy 
Bushell, and her husband, Alderman A. E. 
Bushell; the Town Clerk, Mr. James A. 
Johnson; M. Ch. Beaupre, Counsellor at 
the Belgian Embassy and Mme de Beaupre; 
Mr. A. D. Lloyds and other officials of 
St. Dunstan's. 

The Belgian party was led by Major 
Georges Delvaux, Vice-President of the 
Belgian organisation for the war-blinded, 
in the last-minute absence of its President, 
Baron de Kerchove Borluut, Secretary to 
Her Majesty the Queen, who was detained 
on official duties. 

In his speech of welcome, Lord Fraser 
said that the second blinded man to be 
admitted to St. Dunstan's was a Belgian, 
C. Verbrugge. He came in March, 1915, 
but later returned to Belgium (unfortunately 
he was not well enough to be with them 
that night). The last to come from that 
war was Paul Nuyens, who had remained 
in this country to become a most active 
member of St. Dunstan's and one of our 
leading bridge players. 

Lord Fraser also recalled his meeting 
some thirty years ago with King Albert 
of the Belgians and Queen Elisabeth, with 
whom he and Lady Fraser had had the 
honour of skating on a number of occasions. 

The Mayor, welcoming the visitors, re- 
called the work of rebuilding which Belgian 
craftsmen carried out in Dover immediately 
after the Second World War. 

Major Delvaux, on behalf of the guests, 
thanked the Mayor and Lord Fraser for 
their warm welcome. He remembered his 
own visit to this country in 1920 when, 
unfortunately, Sir Arthur Pearson was ill 
and Lord Fraser himself was not in London, 
but he was most cordially received and 
learned very much during his short visit 
of the work of St. Dunstan's. Upon his 
return to Belgium, Her Majesty Queen 
Elisabeth, appointed him Director of the 
Institute at Boitsfort to undertake the re- 
education of Belgian blinded soldiers. In 

1915, his old friend, Paul Nuyens, became 
his secretary, writing most of his letters 
dictated on the dictaphone, and two years 
later came to St. Dunstan's to learn English 
and shorthand. " He is with us tonight 
and I will now ask him to express on our 
behalf our deep feelings of gratitude to 
Lord Fraser and present to him this souvenir 
— a diploma of gratitude, in a pigskin cover, 
together with a photograph of all those of 
our war-blinded who attended last year the 
40th anniversary of Queen Elisabeth's 
patronage of the work she created. On 
this photograph Her Majesty has written 
personally, ' Lord Fraser of Lonsdale. My 
grateful thanks. Elisabeth.' " 

Then followed the presentation, which in 
turn was followed by the presentation of 
bouquets to the Mayor and Lady Fraser. 

Major Delvaux concluded his speech: 

" Long live Queen Elizabeth of England. 

" Long live Lord and Lady Fraser. 

" Long live our English comrades. 

" I ask our Belgian boys to show their 
appreciation in the usual way." 

Our Belgian friends then gave the 
" Triple Bon " — a three-stroke handclap 
which, strangely enough, is a handclap 
familiar to the people of Dover who 
know it as " Kentish Fire." 

All the speeches throughout the evening 
were translated rapidly into French, Flemish 
and English by Paul Nuyens, who also 
acted as interpreter the following day when 
the Belgians travelled by coach to St. 
Dunstan's, Ovingdean, and spent a happy 
day there, inspecting the building and meet- 
ing St. Dunstaners' They were given a 
warm welcome by Commandant and Matron, 
to whom they presented a bouquet. 

Lord Fraser has since received a letter 
from Major Delvaux expressing the deep 
appreciation of all his party of the wonder- 
ful reception they received at Dover and 
at Ovingdean. 


The delegates to St. Dunstan's Common- 
wealth Conference, with their wives, 
attended the Royal Garden Party at 
Buckingham Palace on Thursday, July 
14th, by special invitation. 

• • • 

Lord and Lady Fraser were present at 
the Sports Day at Ovingdean on July 9th, 
and paid visits to the Home and Pearson 


Golden Weddings 

Warmest congratulations to Mr. and 
Mrs. F. J. Chatfield, of Brighton, who 
celebrated their Golden Wedding on June 
26th, and also to Mr. and Mrs. S. Doel, 
of Henfield, who celebrated their Golden 
Wedding on June 30th. 

Married Forty-seven Years 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
C. E. Bolton, of Belvedere, Kent, who 
celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary 
on July 6th — Mrs. Bolton's birthday. 

Ruby Weddings 

Congratulations, too, to Mr. and Mrs. J. 
G. Wishart, of West Stanley, Co. Durham, 
whose Ruby Wedding was on June 26th, 
and to Mr. and Mrs. G. Nuttall, of Flixton, 
Manchester, whose 40th anniversary was 
on June 28th. 

Reunion Report 


For the first time for several years, we 
returned to Exeter for our West Country 
Reunion this year and Lord and Lady Fraser 
were present at the Rougemont Hotel on 
Friday, June 17th, to welcome nearly forty 
St. Dunstaners and their wives and escorts. 

St. Dunstaners had come from as far 
away as South Cornwall in glorious weather 
and enjoyed an extremely pleasant get- 
together with old friends and our Chairman. 


Some fifty St. Dunstaners assembled at 
the Grand Hotel, Bournemouth, the next 
day to meet Lieut. General Sir Brian 
Horrocks and a number of visiting staff 
and staff from Headquarters, as well as a 
St. Dunstaner from the Commonwealth, 
Mr. J. E. May, who is Assistant Director 
of the New Zealand Institute for the Blind, 
and Mrs. May. 

The weather at the Bournemouth Reunion 
was quite perfect. After lunch, following 
a most interesting speech of welcome by 
Sir Brian, many guests assembled on the 
Hotel lawns to enjoy the sunshine as well 
as a pleasant chat with friends and old 


A few days later, Lord and Lady Fraser 
travelled down to Kent to meet thirty-five 
St. Dunstaners at the County Hotel, 
Canterbury. The Meeting on June 21st 
was a very happy one and during the 

afternoon Lady Fraser presented prizes 
for the lucky draw. 

St. Dunstaners were particularly pleased 
to welcome two very old friends in the 
persons of Miss Woolrych and Miss Betty 


Our President, Sir Neville Pearson, 
presided over the get-together of nearly 
fifty St. Dunstaners at the Great White 
Horse Hotel, Ipswich, on July 14th. 

Fortunately, the weather, which had for 
several days been extremely doubtful, 
cleared up and the meeting was a very happy 
and successful one. 

Sir Neville chatted with many old friends 
and presented the prizes for the lucky 
numbers drawn during the afternoon. 


Some twenty-eight St. Dunstaners from 
the counties north of London were wel- 
comed to the Luton Reunion at the George 
Hotel on July 16th by Colonel M. P. Ansell. 

In his speech after lunch, Colonel Ansell 
gave an interesting description of his work 
in connection with the Royal International 
Horse Show and told St. Dunstaners what 
to expect from the various teams competing 
in the events. Several St. Dunstaners were 
keenly interested in horses and horseman- 
ship and were very pleased to have the 
opportunity of meeting so well-known a 

During the afternoon Squire Brooks 
entertained the guests with his guitar, 
accompanied on the piano by Dai Edwards, 
both leading the visitors in a sing-song 
which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. 
• • • 

Mrs. Cornwell, wife of St. Dunstaner 
C. H. Cornwell, of Rottingdean, has present- 
ed Lord and Lady Fraser with a most 
beautiful piece of tapestry in petit point 
which depicts Lord Fraser's coat-of-arms. 
Air Commodore Dacre, whose hobby is 
fine cabinet work, is making a stool for 
which the tapestry will form the seat. 
Lord and Lady Fraser have invited Mr. and 
Mrs. Cornwell to lunch with them at the 
House of Lords to express their thanks 
for this very beautiful gift, which they will 
treasure for themselves and their family 

As in past years, there will be no Review 
in August. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

I very much enjoyed Frank Rhodes' 
account of the visit to Edinburgh but fear 
he is under a misapprehension regarding 
the late Earl Haig having founded the 
British Legion. 

I was one of eleven men who met under 
the chairmanship of Mr. George Humm 
at the Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, in 
the summer of 1918 and formed a local 
branch of a Federation of Discharged 
Soldiers and Sailors. We had a blue ivy 
leaf for a badge with " D.S.S." on it and 
later a cafe and club in the market place. 
In September of the same year, I became 
a member of the Comrades of the Great 
War, who had a round badge with a Union 
Jack in the centre. In 1920, Mr. Lister, 
of the former organisation, wrote to other 
ex-servicemen's organisations (there being 
three or four others) and asked them to 
get together to send six representatives 
to meet at the United Services' Institution. 
Earl Haig was invited to attend and the 
legless M.P., Captain (now Sir) Brunei 
Cohen, was one of the Officers' representa- 
tives. There were other meetings and the 
upshot was the amalgamation of four of 
the ex-Servicemen's organisations forming 
the British Legion. Earl Haig was elected 
President and held the position till he died. 
Mr. Lister was first Chairman and Sir 
Brunei Cohen, Treasurer, a post he held 
for twenty-five years. 

Yours sincerely, 

G. Fallowfield, 


Dear Editor, 

As it appears unlikely that you will 
receive any other account of the fourth 
College Annexe Reunion, I take it upon 
myself to let you have a few details. 

Within a stone's throw of the old place, 
" Toddles " is Warden of Hanover Lodge, 
which is now used as a hostel for the 
students of Bedford College. With the 
kind permission of the authorities of the 
College, " Toddles " enlisted a band of 
helpers to entertain us to lunch and tea. 
About thirty men with wives and escorts 
were present and several V.A.D.'s who 
had helped us on our way in the good old 
days. We were very pleased to welcome 
Lady Fraser, who joined us for lunch. 

It was on our home ground. At the 
end of the Lodge garden was the Canal 
Bridge that was an escape route from Braille, 
Boots, Mats and Baskets to St. John's 
Wood, which meant different kinds of 
freedom. The Canal Bridge led to the 
British Stores, Edgware Road, Primrose 
Hill or even to Lords. Across the road 
from the Lodge was that tranquil lake 
that has been the scene of so many keen 
contests and " canoedlings." With such 
an environment it was easy to recall the 
memories. Even Bo-Peep's donkey joined 

It was grand to hear that real live squeak 
from down-under (now recorded on tape). 
It was supposed to come to the Old 
Country for some sort of Conference, but 
we know that the ghosts had commanded 
it to attend to report progress from the 
outposts of the Empire we had sacrificed 
so much to maintain. There was even 
an opportunity to reflect upon the changes 
of the modern world and our dim reactions 
to the hurly-burly of traffic and television. 
The ghosts joined in and pointed the way. 
They told us quite definitely that the 
transister must be exploited to comfort us 
in our old age. 

It was after six o'clock before the last 
of us left and the cupboard door was 
shut. The phantoms had had a good day. 
Well, not quite, you see; some of us found 
our way out again, went down to the 
Volunteer, round the Outer Circle and 
swore (with the parrot!) that there would 
be another airing and that " we will 
remember them." 

Yours sincerely, 

W. T. Scott, 

S treat ham. 

From All Quarters 

J. W. Evans, of York, who was severely 
injured when the troopship l^ancaslria was 
sunk in 1940 off St. Nazaire, took part in 
the annual pilgrimage to the Cenotaph last 
month by the survivors of the sinking, 
when four thousand men died with the ship. 
Our St. Dunstaner, with Lieut. Col. T. F. 
Goodwin, d.s.o., had the honour of laying 
the wreath on the Cenotaph to the memory 
of their comrades who lost their lives. 
• • • 

J. Cowan, of Boreham Wood, has been 
elected Secretary of the social section of 
the local branch of the British Legion. 


G. A. Millen, of Birchington, has just 
completed an order for eight large mats 
for the Winter Gardens at Margate, these 
being renewals for those he supplied some 
twenty years ago. 

• • • 

C. Roach, of Darlington, has been 
appointed Secretary to the local Social 
Club for the Blind — he was Vice-Chairman 
last year. 

• • • 

A. Scott, of Belfast, has been appointed 
to the Executive Council of the Federation 
for the Blind. 

Talking Book Library- 
Holiday Selection 

Autobiography, biography, romance and 
thriller categorise the four books under the 
spot-light this month. 

"Come Hither, Nurse," by Jane Grant, 
reader Rosemary Matthews, gives a full 
outline of the joys and terrors throughout 
the period of hospital training of a young 
nurse. The wretchedness and inevitable 
romances are played down, and the whole 
book is interesting, amusing and to young 
girls aspiring to train as nurses, only a 
trifle scaring. Cat. No. 459. 

"A Portrait of Lord Nelson," by Oliver 
Warner, reader Alvar Lidell, is exactly what 
the title states. The book deals more with 
the man himself than with his famous 
historical triumphs. I trust there are many 
readers like myself who find anything to do 
with Lord Nelson an inexhaustible source 
of entertainment and, yes, of a kind of awe 
too. Cat. No. 463. 

"Sugar Candy Cottage," by Elizabeth 
Cadell, reader Marjorie Anderson, is the 
romantic book of the month. A daughter 
breaking away from a possessive socialite 
of a mother, and discovering in the struggle 
for her personal freedom what a pitiful and 
tortured being her mother was. In a 
nutshell the mother was an utter bitch, but 
I'm far too much of a gentleman to say so. 
Many amusing and sympathetic characters 
around the fringes of the story allow the 
sugar not to be too over-shadowed by the 
vitriol. Cat. No. 462. 
Also released: 

"4.50 from Paddington," by Agatha 
Christie, reader Peter Fettes. Cat. No. 460. 


Family News 

Alan Leigh, Warrington, has gained his 
B.Sc. degree, Second Class, at Liverpool 

Christine Carney, Dunstable, has been 
awarded a silver cup by the local Red 
Cross as the Best Cadet of the Year. 
Christine keeps it for a year. 

Sheila Read, Maybridge, who is already 
doing well in her Royal School of Music 
examination, has passed Grade II of the 
Royal Academy of Dancing. 

A very young dancer indeed is little 
Hilary Forster, Leeds, who at only six 
and a half, has passed her Preliminary 
Ballet examination with distinction. The 
only other two children to pass with dis- 
tinction were nine. 

Nine-year old Stephen Perfect, Roker, 
Sunderland, has gained a Swimming Certi- 
ficate for which normally only boys in the 
Higher School may qualify. 

Lucinda Rutledge, Belfast, has passed her 
final examinations and is now a qualified 
Primary School Teacher. She is continuing 
her music studies so that she can teach 
music at a Secondary School. 

Tony Smith, Wembley Park, has won his 
Middlesex Junior County Cricket Cap. 
Tony is now a Civil Servant, but his passion 
is music and he is at present on a three 
months' engagement with Aberystwyth 
Corporation Resident Orchestra. 
• • • 

We hear with regret that Mrs. H. Olpin, 
the widow of our late St. Dunstaner, H. 
Olpin, died on June 7th. 

Good Enough! 

In a letter to Headquarters, J. H. Smith, 
of Birmingham, told of the following 
amusing conversation between his daughter 
and five-year-old grand-daughter, Gillian. 

Gillian : " Mummy, why doesn't Grandpa 
drive the car? " 

Mother : " Because Grandpa has only got 
one eye." 

That evening at bedtime, in her prayers. 

Gillian : " God bless Grandpa and take 
care of him — he's only got one eye, you 

The next evening. 

Gillian : " God bless Grandpa and make 
him better." 

Mother : " But Grandpa isn't ill, dear." 

Gillian (without moving her hands) : " Oh 
God, don't bother about blessing Grand- 



Constable. — -On July 4th, to the wife of 
Les Constable, of Havant, a daughter — 
Mary Elizabeth. 

Rowe. — On June 15th, to the wife of 
H. E. (Eric) Rowe, of Minehead, their 
sixth child, a son — Mark Alaric. 

Langley. — To the wife of J. Langley, of 
Erdington, Birmingham, on May 5th, a 
daughter — Hazel . 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 
following : 
Bayer. — To H. Bayer, of Walthamstow, 

who lost his wife on June 22nd. Mrs. 

Bayer had been ill for a week. 
Bates. — To E. Bates, of Clacton-on-sea, 

whose brother has died suddenly. 
Bunting. — To M. Bunting, of Sudbury, 

Suffolk, whose brother-in-law died on 

June 9th. Our St. Dunstaner lives with 

his sister. 
Evans. — To A. C. Evans, of Newport, 

Mon., whose only brother died very 

suddenly at his work on June 23rd. 
Jolly.— To A. Jolly, of Fulham, whose 

sister died early in June. 
Kempster. — To S. Kempster, of Aylesbury, 

whose wife died on July 1st. Mrs. 

Kempster was getting over an operation 

when she fell and broke a leg. She 

was admitted to hospital but she died 
there. Mr. and Mrs. Kempster had 
celebrated their Ruby Wedding only a 
few weeks earlier. 

Lawson. — To J. W. Lawson, of Stretton, 
near Warrington, whose mother died 
on June 8th. 

Lyttle. — To G. Lyttle, of Keady, Co. 
Armagh, in the loss of a dear nephew on 
June 24th. 

Morgan. — To A. Morgan, of York, whose 
father died on July 13th after a long 

Peckett. — To J. A. Peckett, of Gorton, 
Manchester, whose sister-in-law has re- 
cently died very suddenly leaving two 
small children. 

Pell.— To G. Pell, of Hove, who lost his 
wife on June 13th. 

Walker.— To H. Walker, of Ampthill, 
whose son-in-law has died after a long 
illness. Our St. Dunstaner had lived 
with his daughter and her husband. 


Our St. Dunstaner, H. C. Bayer, would 
like to express his sincere thanks to every- 
one at Headquarters and Ovingdean for 
the kindness shown to him during his 
wife's illness and death. The messages of 
sympathy have been overwhelming. His 
only consolation is that Mrs. Bayer passed 
away very peacefully. 

Jin Memory ' {continued from page 10) 

Private Harry Randall, 13th Eondon Regiment 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of H. Randall, of Hove, at the age of 61. 

Enlisting in April, 1914, he came to St. Dunstan's in May, 1916. He trained in joinery, specialising 
in picture frames and trays, and for over ten years he worked at his craft and built up a steady business. In 
1929 he moved to a private house, still working at his trade but also adding netting and basket-making and he 
continued at this work until his retirement in 1953. Even after his retirement, he continued in a limited way 
to make baskets and was active up to his last illness. He died on July 3rd. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Randall and her family. 

Driver Robert Wylie, Royal Field Artillery 

We record with deep regret the death of R. Wylie, of Bromley, Kent; he was 63. 

He had served with the R.F.A. from October, 1914, until March, 1919, and came to St. Dunstan's 
almost immediately. He trained as a boot repairer, netter and mat-maker and from 1921 until 1926, he carried 
on a shop in Scotland, covering these occupations. His health forced him to give up for three years, but 
in 1929 it improved and he moved to Kent where he continued with netting. His hobby was making dog- 
leads, and he was a keen bridge player and enthusiastic member of the Bridge Club. His death was a shock 
to members of the Club with whom he had been playing the evening before his death. His St. Dunstaner 
friends, W. Bishop and P. Nuyens, were present at the funeral. Mrs. Willis was also present. 

Carl Rasmussen, Australian Forces 
We have heard with great regret of the death of Carl Rasmussen, of Victoria, Australia. He died 
on May 11th, four days after his 85th birthday. 

He was a widower (his wife died only last September) and our very sincere sympathy is extended 
to his daughter, Mrs. Northeast, and to his other relatives. 



ftt M^moru" 

Lance Corporal Charles Arthur Blanks, Lincolnshire Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of C. A. Blanks, of Cambridge. He was 70. 

He had served in the First World War, enlisting in August, 1914, and being discharged two years 
later, but he did not come to St. Dunstan's until March, 1952, when his age and the state of his health 
ruled out any question of training. Since 1955, his health deteriorated and he passed away at his home on 
June 5th. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Blanks in her loss. 

Sapper Arthur Budden, Royal Engineers 

We record with deep regret the death of A. Budden, of London, S.E.17. He was 75. 

He enlisted at the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war and was discharged in 1919, but he did not come 
to us until 1950, when his age and poor health prevented him from taking any training. The local Council 
recently moved Mr. and Mrs. Budden so that they could be near their family and friends and for a little while 
he seemed a little better. On May 12th, however, he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and he died 
a fortnight later. 

Our sincere sympathy goes out to Mrs. Budden and her family, a large and devoted one. She has 
ten married children. 

Private Henry Eaton Hill, 1st Wiltshire Regiment 

We record with deep regret the death of H. E. Hill, of Devizes, at the age of 72, one of the small 
group of men who were at the house in Bayswater Road while St. Dunstan's was being got ready. 

Enlisting in August 1914, he was blinded very shortly afterwards and he came to us on February 19th, 

He trained in handicrafts and after a few years took up mat-making seriously. He gave this up 
in 1937 but resumed again two years later. Back-vard poultry was also a great interest with him. 

He died on June 8th, leaving a widow and grown-up family, to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 
Mrs. Hill is now living with a married daughter. 

Rifleman George Healey, 21 st Bn. King's Royal Rifles 

With deep regret we record the death of G. Healey, of Leeds. He was 71. 

Wounded near Fleurs in 1916, he came to St. Dunstan's in November of that year. He trained 
as a shorthand typist and worked with the Ministry of Pensions from 1919 until his retirement in 1956 — 
a splendid record which was recognised by the award of the Coronation Medal in 1953. 

His death was sudden and unexpected, and we send deep sympathy to his widow and two daughters. 

Sergeant Samuel Marshall Brydson, Royal Scottish Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of S. M. Brydson, of Gateside-of-Trench, Dumfries, at the age 
of 74. 

Enlisting in August, 1914, he was wounded five times at Cambrai and he came to St. Dunstan's in 
1919. He trained in boot-repairing but local trade was not good and in 1924 he retrained in mat-making 
and netting. He carried on all these crafts for our Stores until 1947, when his poor health compelled him at 
last to give up. 

He lost his wife in 1953 and he had since been living with his sister-in-law. We offer our sincere 
sympathy to her, and to the other members of his family. 

Private Tom William Collyer, 2nd Royal Scots Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of T. W. Collyer, of New Barnet. He would have 
been 74 on August 4th. 

He was an old soldier — he had enlisted in 1906 — and he came to St. Dunstan's in January, 1917, 
where he trained in boot-repairing and mat-making. He preferred the latter and he worked at this craft 
until 1928. From 1941 he was employed in the packing room at St. Dunstan's Stores at Raglan Street, and 
he remained there until his retirement in August, 1951. He lost his wife the following year and since then 
he has been cared for by his daughter. His health had begun to deteriorate towards the end of 1957, but he 
was a frequent visitor to the London Club where he took an active part in all its activities. He was admitted 
to hospital last month but he died there on July 13th, following an operation. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his son and daughter. 

Private Charles George Stanley Oliver, 2nd j 7th Hampshire Regiment 

With deep regret we have to record the very sudden death on July 19th of the Rev. Stanley Oliver, 
Rector of All Saints' Church, Wrabness, Essex. He was 68. 

He saw service in the First World War but did not come to St. Dunstan's until April, 1948. A year 
later he began his Theological studies at Clifton Theological College, Bristol, and on May 20th, 1951, he was 
ordained as a Deacon. Unhappily, Mrs. Oliver died only a few months before his ordination. In June, 
1952, Mr. Oliver was ordained as a priest of the Church of England and after serving as Assistant at Eltham 
Parish Church, he was granted the living at Wrabness in 1958. He had been ill i.i January this year but had 
recuperated at Ovingdean, and he was, in fact, at the Ipswich Reunion on July 14th. Since the death of Mrs. 
Oliver, Mr. Oliver had been looked after by his housekeeper, Mrs. Waite, and Mrs. Waite's son, who acted 
as his escort. {Continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 


For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 484— Volume XLV 


Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Mhn 


CONGRATULATIONS to Dick Dufton on becoming an Associate Member of the 
Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The addition of the letters "A.M.I.Mech.E." after 
your name is a high spot in any engineer's career. Mr. Dufton was a Senior Petty 
Officer in the Royal Navy and was recommended for a commission when a war accident 
caused his blindness in 1941. He has had a most successful professional life as a Research 
Engineer and I hope this new qualification will do him good. 

A few years ago Raymond Benson obtained the same qualification. Mr. Benson was 
blinded in 1953 while engaged on research work at a Guided Weapons Experimental Range 
and after a stay at St. Dunstan's, returned to the Ministry of Supply, Royal Aircraft Establish- 
ment, to continue research work. 

A.M.I.Mech.E. is a high professional qualification. Great ability and dogged persever- 
ance are required to obtain it and it must be especially difficult for blind men. 
St. Dunstan's is very proud of the achievements of our two members. 

Tape Talking Books 

The Nuffield Talking Book project has taken another step forward. At a Press Con- 
ference at the end of July, Mr. Godfrey Robinson, Chairman of the R.N. LB., and I announced 
that we had now approved the new machine after its extensive field test, that it was going into 
manufacture, and that in a few months models would begin to be available. It will take 
three to five years before the change-over is complete and we will start by making the exchange 
with those Talking Book readers who have been longest in the Library. Commonwealth 
countries are very interested and we have firm orders from Australia and New Zealand, and 
enquiries from Canada. In the meantime, of course, the disc Talking Book Library with 
which we are so familiar will give a full service to the majority who will continue to use it. 
I understand that St. Dunstaners have received a circular from the Talking Book Library 
explaining the procedure and also a letter from Mr. Lloyds giving details of St. Dunstan's 
own proposals. 


Good-bye and good-luck to Mr. D. W. Ferguson. He has been Superintendent of the 
Country Life Department for twenty-four years and we especially remember him as our 
adviser during the war years when so many rationing and other difficulties beset poultry 
farmers. His place is being taken by Mr. D. F. Robinson, who has been the Country Life 
Visitor for some years and will continue this work. 


Tom Watson 

Mr. Tom Watson died on September 6th at the age of 68. He had served St. Dunstan's 
for 37 years until his retirement in 1957. He was Hall Porter at many of our establishments, 
ending up as Head Porter at 191 Maryleb^ne Road. Very many St. Dunstaners knew him 
and he will be remembered and missed ,bv them, as well as by a wide circle of his old 
colleagues on the staff. y > f 

A sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers, he served in France during the First World War 
winning the D.C.M. and Bar and the Croix de Guerre. He had been ill for many years but 
he was a tough man who stuck it out and often came to work in pain. 

Messrs. J. R. Palmer and Harry Burgess, members of the staff, represented St. Dunstan's 
at the cremation on September 9th. Our sympathy goes to Mrs. Watson and their son 
and to the other members of the family. St. Dunstan's will remember him. 

A Long Memory 

The memories of those connected with schools and colleges are proverbial, but here 
is an experience which must, I think, be hard to match. 

The other day, passing through Marlborough, I stopped at a shop called Vincent Head 
to buv an old school tie because as a boy I went to Marlborough College. An elderly man, 
Mr. Stevens, said immediately he saw me, " You're Fraser from B.l. " — the House I was in. 

I was at Marlborough College from 1911-14 and I think I have called there once, perhaps 
twenty years ago, though I do not remember establishing recognition with Mr. Stevens 
on that occasion. So as not to exaggerate, I may assume that he has seen a photograph of 
me and this may have helped him to remember, but his reference to " B.l. " which was 
immediate and spontaneous, seemed to me an extraordinary feat of memory. 


Deaf St. Dunstaner's Model 

One of the most admired exhibits at this 
year's Handicrafts Exhibition at Olympia 
was George Fallowfield's beautiful scale 
model of a launch. The model, which is 
made of cigar-box wood, measures 2ft. 6in. 
by 7in. 

War-time Comrades Meet After 
Forty-six Years — at St. Dunstan's 

One morning last month, Miss Heap, 
Lounge Sister at Pearson House, said to 
Jack Lomas (of Walthamstow) : "Would 
you like to come and have a chat with 
Ted Brett (of Aldershot). He's on his own." 

The two met and during the course of 
their conversation, they found that they 
were old comrades — they had both served 
in the same battalion of the 4th Royal 
Fusiliers and went to France together in 
August, 1914. They had not met since 
until that day, forty-six years later. And 
had Jack Lomas not been in the Sick Ward 
at Pearson House and gone into the Lounge, 
they might never have met again. 

How's that for coincidence? Can any- 
one else tell us of a similar one? 

Louis Braille 

A New Book 

The R.N. LB. announce the publication 
of a new book, " Louis Braille," by Jean 
Robin. John Betjeman writes: 

" The facts in this clearly presented life 
of Braille will come as a surprise to those 
who are not French. Outside his own 
country, which has honoured his remains 
by transferring them from his native village 
of Coupvray to the Pantheon — he is even 
to-day famous only as a name. . . . 

" There was no thought in the mind 
of the blinded son of a country saddler to 
make himself famous. He only wished to 
benefit those who were blind as he was. 
He invented his system of raised dots 
which can be used for letters, punctuation, 
accents, mathematics and musical notation, 
when he was fifteen. He was then a pupil 
in the School for the Blind in Paris. Later 
he became a teacher there. . . . 

" This booklet about the modest, pious 
and brilliant Louis Braille is a heartening 
story. It is also a picture of human good- 

(Louis Braille, R.N.I.B., 7s. 6d.). 


London Club Notes 
Plans for the Winter 

St. Dunstaners living in the London area 
can be assured of a hearty welcome at the 
London Club. 

Tuesdays. 5 — 10 p.m. Whist Drive. 
Thursdays. 5 — 10 p.m. Dominoes 

Saturdays. 2 — 10 p.m. Bridge and 

Whist Drive. 
Refreshments provided. 
We do hope you can come along. 

Sam Webster. 


Are there any more names for the St. 
Dunstan's Bridge Congress at Ovingdean 
during the week-end of Saturday, November 
19th ? This is your last chance. 

The Committee would like to thank all 
members for their co-operation re Alf Field. 
G. P. Brown. 

St. Dunstan's Bowling Club 

On July 18th, Robert Gunnell, Producer 
of the B.B.C.'s South East Regional Talks, 
included in the " Roundup " feature an 
article on the activities of St. Dunstan's 
Bowling Club. 

Mr. Gunnell described how Frank Rhodes 
started the Club and how a man without 
sight could be taught to be a reasonable 
player in about six lessons. 

"How's it done? Originally they 
used to ring a bell above the jack, but with 
two games in progress the players became 
confused by the two sounds so that the 
idea has been abandoned. Each player now 
has his own method for getting himself 
lined up. Tiger Martin, who spent most 
of his life in the circus and has now lost 
most of his sight, insisted that I should 
bowl his woods to get an impression at 
first hand. The woods are numbered in 
braille on the side with the bias, that's the 
shaping which causes them to curve in as 
they come on to the jack. The number 
is also rather important to the blind player 
because the weignt of the woods varies and 
they have to keep to the same weight if they 
are to judge their distances correctly. In 
my case, or rather Tiger's, I had to bowl 
roughly between the legs of a sighted 
helper who stood about a yard away and 
who gave us a commentary on the path 
of the wood down the green. Another 
partially sighted player got his direction 

by having a white handkerchief dropped 
in front of him on the grass. I noticed 
many of those who are totally blind feeling 
the edge of the rubber mat on which they 
stood and using that as a guide. As I 
watched, one wood sped down and hit 
the jack — not quite the object of the exercise 
but you can see how accurate they can 
get. Mr. Johnny Walker told me that he 
played bowls before he lost his sight. 
Most had never played before. To Mr. 
Walker this is like playing on a ploughed 
field compared to the games he used to 
have when he could see, but he enjoys it 
and so do they all — partly as a game, partly 
as a social occasion. 

But the players I saw were the fortunate 
ones — -there is one member who is not 
only without sight but without his hands. 
He plays with a metal loop fixed to bis 
wrists — and I am told does very well, too." 

• • • 

How Embarrassing! 

The other day I was sitting in a chemist's, 
waiting for a prescription to be made up, 
when a lady entered the shop. She had a 
dog on a lead and I tried to attract its 
attention. The lady picked it up and 
placed it upon my lap. I stroked it and said 
what silky hair it had. She replied that 
it was a miniature dachshund and that a 
certain nobleman was of the opinion that 
they made the best hot-water bottles in the 
world. He always had two in his bed. 
She then added that this one was expecting 
puppies at any time now. I felt like the 
Oysters in The Walrus and the Carpenter 
when they said, " But not on us." 

A few days later I had a patient with 
back trouble. When he was lying on my 
plinth I covered up his lower limbs with 
a blanket, but I could not find his second 
leg. I said, " Where have you put your 
other leg? " He replied that he had stood 
it up in the corner. 

S. A. Chambers, 


Braille Tests 

JLepeat Senior Braille Test : J. G. Holmes, 
Hayling Island. 

• * • 

Lord Fraser was interviewed on Indepen- 
dent Television by Daniel Farson on 
September 15th in the first of a new series 
of programmes, " Pursuit of Happiness." 


Blinded Veterans' Association 

Lieut. Commander R. C. B. Buckley, 
g.m., r.n., has just returned from a brief 
trip to the United States and Canada. He 
went to represent St. Dunstan's at the 
Annual Conference of Blinded Veterans' 
Association of the United States, held in 
Boston, Massachusetts. 

In an interview Commander Buckley said: 

" The main purpose of the Blinded 
Veterans' Association, like St. Dunstan's, 
is to foster the interests of blinded service 
men. Its members are all Second World 
War or Korean veterans. Their average 
age is 41 but they are termed ' veterans,' 
a word which I find attractive because of 
its simplicity. There are also veteran mem- 
bers whose blindness is not connected with 
their war service. I found them all a very 
independent and sturdy body of men. 

" It was noticeable that some of the 
blinded veterans were very good at getting 
about alone. A number used white sticks 
or ' canes ' as they call them, inside the 
hotel, and some used the ' long cane 
technique,' the result of research at the 
war-time establishments for the rehabilita- 
tion of blinded United States veterans. 

" My wife and I were made most welcome 
and received the courteous attention of 
everyone we met. In particular I would 
like to mention the kindness and hospitality 
of the National President, Dr. Robert 
Bottenberg, and the Executive Director, 
Dr. William Thompson, and their wives. 

" I also visited the Canadian National 
Institute for the Blind. Attending the 
B.V.A. Convention was our St. Dunstaner, 
Capt. F. J. L. Woodcock, After-Care 
Officer for the war-blinded in Canada, and 
we travelled together to Toronto via New 

" The very complete arrangements for 
looking after the blind population of 
Canada, which numbers slightly less than 
24,000, and the most efficient organisation 
of the C.N. LB. impressed me tremendously. 
The care of the blind in Canada is their 
sole responsibility and this of course includes 
the war-blinded. 

" The needs of the blind are attended 
to from earliest days of childhood up to 
old age. A valuable campaign is also 
maintained on the prevention of blindness. 

" Opportunity was also taken to visit 
the American Foundation for the Blind 

and Overseas Blind in New York, and the 
Perkins School for Blind Children at 
Watertown, Massachusetts 

" There are about 350,000 blind persons 
of all ages in the United States and the 
American Foundation for the Blind's main 
function is to foster research, grant scholar- 
ships, conduct surveys and publish litera- 
ture which may benefit the blind. An 
extensive Braille and Talking Book Library 
is maintained. The Foundation also pub- 
lishes literature intended to help the public 
in their relationships with the blind. 

"The Perkins School has 300 blind 
pupils of both sexes ranging from 5 to 18 
years, 30 of whom are deaf as well as 
blind. The School covers an area of about 
44 acres. It is supported from voluntary 
sources and its work is world-famous. 
Dr. Waterhouse, the Director, told me that 
some of his scholars go on to College and 
that he experienced no difficulty in placing 
pupils in employment when they left the 

" My wife and I found all these visits 
stimulating and most interesting." 

From All Quarters 

Tom Daborn, of Bexleyheath, whose 
prowess as a fisherman is well-known 
amongst St. Dunstaners, was the subject 
of a " two-page spread " in the Angling 
Times on June 3rd. 

Seven excellent photographs illustrated 
the article and the writer, Peter Tombleson, 
ended with these words, " Tom is, I think, 
perhaps the most inspiring angler I have 
ever met. His great sense of humour and 
his enthusiasm make him a first-class fishing 
companion. His knowledge of sea fishing 
techniques is extensive. Martin Jenkins, 
who was, like us, impressed by this remark- 
able person, commented very aptly at the 
end of the day, ' Tom makes me realise 
what a useless sort of person I am.' ' 
• • • 

Three St. Dunstaners who are singers 
are in the news. H. G. Boorman, of 
Peterborough, was awarded a First Class 
Certificate in the Bass Section at a recent 
Musical Festival, only losing by one vote 
the position of Top Soloist; W. Griffiths, 
of Blackburn, came second in the Baritone 
Class at Lytham Musical Festival in June; 
and W. Wrigley, of Droylsden, Manchester, 
won a twenty-four piece canteen of cutlery 
in a singing competition whilst on holiday. 


From singing to gardening successes. 
H. N. Symes, of North Harrow, was 
awarded two First Prizes, four Second Prizes, 
and four Third Prizes, at an exhibition 
arranged by the North-West Middlesex 
Horticultural Association for the Blind; 
George Emerson, of Leigh, Reigate, took 
three Firsts, four Seconds and two Thirds at 
the local Flower Show. He also took 
First Prize in the Handicrafts Section and 
Second Prize for the Best Kept and Cropped 
Garden. Lastly, H. Watford, of Cudham, 
near Sevenoaks, won four Firsts and two 
Seconds for vegetables and fruit at the local 

• • • 

George Poole, of Preston, a telephonist 
with Shell-Mex, has two hobbies — joinery 
and gardening. A divan bed for his 
daughter is among the many articles he has 
made. In mowing his lawn he found that 
the metal grass box was apt to become 
dented by collisions with obstructions, so 
he made an exact replica in hardboard. 
" Now it just bounces off," he says. 

• • • 

T. Beckett, of Lurgan, has taken up a 
new hobby — pigeon fancying — and the local 
paper, the Lurgan Mail, gave him a very 
good write-up about it. 

• • • 

Eric Hailes, who before returning to 
Australia, came to Ovingdean in 1948 and 
later trained as a piano tuner, is an accom- 
plished golfer. A local newspaper, the 
Melbourne Herald, published on June 8th 
some excellent photographs of Eric playing, 
and referred to the fact that with the guidance 
of the Amstel course professional, he 
recently completed a round in 92, a good 
score for anyone. 

• • • 

Wally Thomas's book, Life in My Hands, 
has now been published in Dutch; there is 
also to be a tape recording for the South 
African Blind Association. 

• • • 

At the Stithians Annual Show (one of 
the most important Shows in Cornwall), 
E. J. Burley won with his poultry one First 
and Special Prize, one Second, two Thirds 
and one Reserve. 

• • • 

We have heard with regret of the death 
of Mrs. G. Hill, widow of our late St. 
Dunstaner, G. Hill, of Swindon. 

The Westbury Camp 

Despite heavy rain and only about six 
hours of sunshine during the whole ten 
days, " blithe spirits " prevailed at our 
annual get-together at Leighton House, 
Westbury. There were no " cowards " 
among the lads who, despite the weather, 
were determined to enjoy themselves as 
usual, and who could help so doing 
when we had so many nice people people 
of Westbury and the surrounding districts 
coming along with their motor cars and 
firesides to welcome us. Our stalwart 
helpers were again to the fore under the 
guiding hand of Miss Oliphant and they 
served us well. We have always been 
lucky with help from the younger folk 
and this time we had four newcomers — 
Miss Patricia Harris, Mike and Peter, three 
students from Bristol University, and Fred, 
from the R.A.F. In addition to the places 
mentioned in previous reports, there were 
visits to Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathed- 
ral, Fonthill House and gardens, owned by 
Major Morrison, Member of Parliament 
for Salisbury, to a banana importing 
warehouse and to Mr. Sturdee's racing 
stables and stud farm at Shrewton. Most 
interesting this, and the lads left with 
horseshoes and three tips for the next 
day's racing at Bath — one non-runner and 
two winners. Another hunch came up 
at a very nice price. Someone suggested 
that we were very indiscreet and the name 
of the horse was Oily, but the hunch came 
from a kind of bird, a Moody Parrott in 
fact. Miss Moody and Mrs. Parrott are 
both named Olive (how crafty can one get ?). 

On the last night there was a dance 
attended by one hundred friends and 
helpers. Alec and the four students enter- 
tained, the students giving their version 
of Much Binding in the Marsh, bringing 
in most of the staff. 

We were due for the annual skittle match 
at Hinton Charterhouse British Legion. 
It was, I hoped, to be the revelation of a 
secret that my pals wotted not of, 
but I had wotted for twelve whole months. 
Leaving Derges and Johns in the saloon 
bar to give their bird imitation — swallows — 
Clem and Dickie to crib, and in the gambling 
hell in the corner, Alec, Jimmie, Cookie 
and our knobbly-kneed champion, Charlie 
Stock, playing for high stakes, the rest 
proceeded to the skittle alley where six 
Legion men and six of us, captained by 


Freddie Wareham, played the same mixture. 
Wareham won the toss and called his team 
together to discuss strategy, Jenks put 
their heads together and did the same. 
Jenks was put in first by our skipper. 
Wareham's team won the first hand then 
Jenks, calling his vice-captain, said, " We 
are in the soup, Fred, get us out of this 
stew." But it was of no avail, and no 
wonder. Freddie's team included three 
internationals in the persons of Frank 
Rhodes, Charlie Kelk and Fred Rowe, 
straight from their Scottish tour. John 
Martin, after a shaky start, was given one 
of his namesake's powders and greatly 
improved. Harry Parrott, from Devizes, 
could not devise a winning hit. Sammy 
was Game but erratic. Wareham's side 
ran out winners in three straight sets. 

Then came that which I had wotted of 
so long. Mine host of the Rose and 
Crown brought in a silver cup, ten inches 
high, filled with Walker's soothing syrup, 
and presented it to our skipper who, 
with a magnificent piece of oratory, thanked 
the Legion and mine host for their hospi- 

Who was the man who slept in his white 
linen coat for four nights while his pyjama 
jacket lay snugly in his suit case? But 
as Harry said with a Bland smile, it was 
Mudge ado about nothing. Oh no, John, 
no John, no John, NO. 

Cunningly hidden in this composition are 
the names of the men who were at the 
Camp. A prize of one penny will be given 
to the sender of the first correct solution 
opened on February 29th, 1961. 

Closing gate, now. 



P. Lynch, of Brandon, Co. Durham (the 
fourth great-grandchild). 


C. C. Wilkinson, of Hull; R. Horner, of 
Holmfirth; W. J. Sansom, of Colyton, 
Devon (another grandson); A. G. Briggs, 
of Norwich (the sixteenth grandchild); 
H. A. Hammett, of Carterton, Oxford 
(another grandson); A. Clarke, of Black- 
pool (two new grandchildren this year); 
J. Dalton, of Middlesbrough (his sixth 

National Federation of the Blind 

St. Dunstaners at Annual Conference 

Although the National Federation of the 
Blind makes no distinction between civilian 
and ex-service blind, it's nice to come across 
fellow St. Dunstaners among its ranks. I 
experienced this when, as public relations 
officer of the Federation, I went to its 
annual conference at Bangor, Northern 
Ireland, this year. One of our St. Dun- 
staners, Mr. Alex Scott, of Belfast, as 
Chairman of the Northern Ireland branch, 
was chiefly responsible for the conference 
arrangements, and a very good job he 
made of it. The delegates, who had trav- 
elled from all parts of Britain, were given 
first-class accommodation at the Royal 
Hotel, overlooking the sea. We were 
treated like V.I.P.'s, even down to the 
menus being written in braille. 

On the Saturday evening a dinner, 
followed by a light entertainment, was 
provided by the Mayor and Councillors of 
Bangor who officially welcomed us to their 

Another St. Dunstaner present was Mr. 
David Bell, of Edinburgh, a newly elected 
member of the Federation's council. He 
made an amusing speech in which he ex- 
pressed the thanks of the Conference to 
the Northern Ireland branch for the tradi- 
tional Irish hospitality they had shown as 
our hosts. 

But the Conference was not all beer and 
skittles. Many important aspects of blind 
welfare were discussed and projects for 
the betterment of the blind in general 
set in motion. On the eve of the Con- 
ference a member was interviewed in a 
television news broadcast. The interviewer 
was particularly interested in a resolution 
which recommended showing the public, 
by means of television, how, when they 
come in contact with a blind person, little 
misunderstandings can be avoided and the 
blind person put at ease. A proposal to 
become affiliated with the Noise Abate- 
ment Association was carried unanimously 
since the aims of this Association are of 
obvious advantage to the blind. The whole 
Conference was admirably conducted by its 
President, Dr. De Silva. 

We St. Dunstaners are fortunate in 
enjoying what is probably the finest welfare 
service in the world. Perhaps this is why 
some St. Dunstaners have added their 


weight to an organisation which represents 
the blind as a whole and therefore includes 
many less fortunate than ourselves. The 
Federation would welcome more St. Dun- 
staners as members. There are branches 
in many towns in Britain, but if there is 
not one near your home you can belong 
to the Central branch and be kept in touch 
by post. If you would like further infor- 
mation, I shall be glad to supply it. 

F. J. Ripley. 

This Really Happened 

A visitor here — a man — was paddling in 
the sea one day when suddenly another 
man who was sitting on the beach shouted, 
" There's a big fish near you in the water." 
The paddler spotted the fish, grabbed it by 
the tail and threw it on to the beach, then 
ran out of the water to secure it. Imagine 
his surprise when, instead of one fish, there 
were two — one a whiting. What happened 
in my opinion was that the big fish, a cod, 
was chasing the whiting and in the excite- 
ment of the chase, got into shallow water. 
When the paddler grabbed him and threw 
him up on the beach, he disgorged his 

Now this is not a fisherman's yarn and 
the visitor sold both the fish to a local 


Great Yarmouth. 

Other News 

We congratulate E. Grant, of Glossop, 
on a most excellent and original idea of 
helping others in his parish. 

He makes special tape recordings of the 
Missionary Services held at his Church, 
then goes round with the Vicar and plays 
them back to ill and house-bound parishion- 

Edward Jinks, who has only come 
recently to St. Dunstan's, attended the 
Reunion at Southampton of the members 
of the Lancastrian Regiment, which has 
just returned to this country. He met the 
Colonel of the Regiment and appeared on 
Southern Television news with a number of 
his former comrades. 

Another Radio "Ham" 

Congratulations to P. C. Bargery, of 
Grays, Essex, who having passed the Radio 
Amateurs' Examination has now joined the 
ranks of St. Dunstan's " hams." 

Golden Weddings 

Warmest congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. M. Williamson, of Denton, near Man- 
chester, who celebrated their Golden Wed- 
ding on March 26th last (a delayed notice 
but we have only just been informed); and 
to Mr. and Mrs. W. J. S. Mitchell, of Cubitt 
Town, London, E.14, whose Golden Wed- 
ding was on July 31st. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
J. Worthington, of Stockport, who cele- 
brated their Ruby Wedding on August 7th 
and to Mr. and Mrs. B. Lammiman, of 
Skegness (September 22nd). 

Silver Weddings 

Celebrating Silver Weddings are Mr. and 
Mrs. J. Baxter, of Ashtead (August 5th); 
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lane, of Sale (August 
13th); Mr. and Mrs. F. Palfrey, of Osterley 
(August 24th); and Mr. and Mrs. A. C. 
Wheeler, of Rhondda (August 31st). Many 

W. W. Watson 

Jim Gri tfiths writes from Ovingdean: 
I would like to express my appreciation 
of a grand St. Dunstaner, Billy Watson. 
He was a real gentleman and a true Christian 
who, through his long illness, never once 
complained about his confined life, and 
always had a cheerful word for everyone. 
To me he was an inspiration and I certainly 
shall miss my visits to him in Pearson 

Tommy Tuxford 

George Fallowfield writes: 

Joe and I lose a great friend in the death 
of Tommy Tuxford, and other deaf St. 
Dunstaners have many a time enjoyed a 
chat with this blind invalid and hero of the 
landing at the Dardanelles. Many a man 
has enjoyed a good game of chess with 
Tommy and it is to him that we owe our 
Chess Week-end. Well done, Tommy Tux- 


Talking Book Library 
September in the Rain 

Half a dozen of the best this month to 
delight all except schoolboys, and here they 

" The Bird of Dawning," by John Mase- 
field, reader Eric Gillett, is a refreshing 
yarn of the old days of sail. Shipwreck 
and the repair of sabotage during a race 
of clipper ships with tea for the London 
market. Exciting and gripping through- 
out. Cat. No. 45. 

" They Knew Mr. Knight," by Dorothy 
Whipple, reader Derek McCulloch, is set 
in the years of depression between the wars. 
The Blake family, owning a family engineer- 
ing business on the verge of liquidation, 
encounter this wand-waving financier, 
Knight. The study of the Blakes under 
expanding prosperity is interesting for a 
while as one awaits the inevitable snapping 
of the magic wand, when the behaviour 
of the Blakes becomes even more interesting. 
Cat. No. 439. 

" The Under-sea Adventure," by Phillipe 
Diole, reader Alvar Lidell, is a fascinating 
study of the immense possibilities of the 
sea-bed and emphasising the tremendous 
fruitfulness of marine life, both animal and 
vegetable. Some remarkable marine biology 
and, over all, a brave and capable attempt 
to put in one volume a book that could 
well go on ad infinitum. Cat. No. 434. 

" Bitter Lemons," by Lawrence Durrell, 
reader P. J. Reynolds, is a short study of 
Cyprus before and during the terrorist 
activities. A tragedy well sprinkled with 
comedy giving one the feeling that none 
of the violence was really necessary, but 
then I am not a Cypriot and couldn't 
possibly know the degree of irk they 
underwent. Cat. No. 446. 

" The Phantom Major," by Virginia 
Cowles, reader Robin Holmes, tells the 
story of the formation of the Special Air 
Service in the North-West desert, and lives 
several of its epic raids which decimated 
enemy Air Forces in that region, and 
contributed in no small measure to the 
spectacular advance of the 8th Army. This 
account does justice to a little known but 
most important factor in our war-time 
success in North Africa. Cat. No. 429. 

Also released: 

" Hilda Lessways," by Arnold Bennett, 
reader Eric Gillett. Cat. No. 427. 


Family News 

The Rev. J. H. Richard r on, Deacon, 
son of our late St. Dunstaner, H. Richard- 
son, is to be ordained Priest by the Lord 
Bishop of Chichester in Chichester Cathedral 
on September 25th. 

Mrs. J. E. Davies, of Llandyssul, had 
an essay accepted by the National Eistedd- 
fod in Cardiff this year and won a prize 
with it. 

Tommy Duncan's brother, whose death 
is reported, was a retired Chief Inspector, 
Angus County Police, and in his official 
capacity was always present when the 
Queen Mother was in the district. 

Michael Underwood, Alton, Hants., has 
been granted a County Major Award and 
his application for entry into Cambridge 
in 1961 is now being considered. He will 
take the Open Scholarship for Cambridge 
in December. 

Bobby McDonald, Liverpool, who is 
twenty-six, has passed four examinations 
for the Royal College of Music in Theory, 
Composing, Transcription and Practical, 
and is to be awarded a special prize at St. 
George's Hall, Liverpool. 

Peter Webber, Tewkesbury, has passed 
his Grade III Associated Board Examina- 
tion in Music. 

Malcolm Rosewarne, Manchester, had 
five drawings accepted for the school 

A treble for the Collingwood family of 
Newcastle, Staffs. Valerie won the Senior 
General Knowledge Prize, Patricia was top 
in needlework and Dorothy top of the 

Patricia Freer, Gravesend, who is now 
at the Royal Ballet School, has passed her 
Royal Academy of Dancing examination, 
Grade III (Highly Commended) and her 
Silver Medal Test (Commended). 

Gordon Park, Grantham, is a keen swim- 
mer, and has just passed his Life Saving 
examination, for which he will receive a 
certificate and badge. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On August 6th, Brian Boyd, Roedean, 
Brighton, to Myra Evans, in Bristol. 

Joan Trevelion, daughter of our late 
St. Dunstaner who lived at Eastbourne, 
was married on September 8th. 

On December 27th last, Jeanette Miller, 
Glasgow, to William Kent. 



Mortimer. — On May 25th, to Pamela, the 
wife of George Mortimer, of Balcombe, 
a daughter — Deborah Jane. 

Jarry. — On July 19th, to the wife of 
P. Jarry, of Bridgend, a son — Paul Myles. 


Our deep sympathy is sent to the 

following : 

Boyle. — -To W. Boyle, of Stockport, in the 
sudden death of his wife on September 

Duncan. — To T. Duncan, of Brighton, in 
the loss of his brother. 

Gray. — To R. Gray, of Dartford, whose 
father died on August 24th, after a short 

Haylock. — To J. Haylock, of Duxford, 
whose wife died on August 26th, follow- 
ing a very serious illness. Our St. 
Dunstaner's home was in Ickleton, near 
Colchester, but when Mrs. Haylock 
became ill, they went to stay with her 
sister, Mrs. Howlett, who has cared for 
them both and nursed Mrs. Haylock 
right up to the time of her death. 

Howell. — To L. Howell, of Haywards 
Heath, in the loss of his wife. Mr. 
Howell met Mrs. Howell at St. Dunstan's 

when, as Miss B. Bennett, she was a 
V.A.D. at the College; they were married 
in 1920. 

Lewis. — -To E. Lewis, of Mitcham, whose 
eldest brother has recently died. 

Sterno. — To A. Sterno, of Southampton, 
whose brother has died in Norway at 
the age of 75. He had lived in Norway 
for fifty-one years and prior to his retire- 
ment two years ago, was Dock Master in 
the Port of Haudesund. He married a 
Norwegian girl. 

Tappin.— To R. V. Tappin, of Eastcote, 
whose father died on July 19th only a 
few hours after our St. Dunstaner arrived 
at his home in Bournemouth to visit 

Tingay. — To R. Tingay, of Dartford, 
Kent, whose father died on August 30th, 
after a short illness. He was 58. Our 
St. Dunstaner was able to arrive in 
Chesterfield a few hours before his father 
passed away. 

Wilkins. — -To G. Wilkins, of Reading, in 
the loss of his wife on August 26th. 
She died in hospital after being seriously 
ill for over a month. 

Wright.— To R. G. Wright, of Exeter, 
whose eldest brother has died at the age 
of 76. 

" JJtt JJtftnonJ ' {continued from page 10) 
Private John Tierney, Connaught Rangers 
We record with deep regret the death of J. Tierney, of Dublin, at the age of 68. 
He served from September, 1914, until February, 1919, but he did not come to us until November, 
1953. His age and state of health then ruled out any training. He had been in very poor health for the last 
few years and he died at his home on August 22nd. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom our very sincere sympathy is sent. 

Lance Corporal Thomas Henry Tuxford, Worcestershire Regiment 
With deep regret we record the death of T. H. Tuxford. Tommy died in Pearson House on July 27th. 
He was 69. 

He had enlisted in 1906 and received his discharge in 1916, coming to St. Dunstan's in 1932. He 
trained as a basket-maker and made baskets very successfully for local sales until 1945. His health had been 
very poor for a long time and he had been a resident at Pearson House since 1950. Tommy was in a wheel- 
chair for many years but he bore his disabilities most courageously. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Tuxford and her family in their loss. 

Private Harry Walker, Eabour Corps/Border Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Harry Walker, of Ampthill, Bedfordshire. 
He was 83. 

Enlisting in 1916, he was discharged when the war ended but it was not until October, 1954, that 
he was admitted to St. Dunstan's. Owing to his age he did not undertake any training. He had lived 
in Peterborough until his wife's death in 1958, when he came to Ampthill to live with his daughter, Mrs. 
Marlow and her husband. He had spent one or two periods at Pearson House and two days after his return 
from one of these visits in July, his son-in-law died. This was a great shock to him and he himself died very 
peacefully on August 14th. 

To his daughter, Mrs. Marlow, goes our deepest sympathy in her double loss. 

Trooper William Wyndham Watson, Northumberland Hussars 
With deep regret we record the death of W. W. Watson, of Woodingdean, Brighton. He was 62. 
He served from February, 1915, until March, 1919, coming to St. Dunstan's immediately. He trained 
as a poultry-farmer and he continued at this work until 1955, when his health began to fail rapidly. In 1957, 
when his condition worsened, he was admitted to Pearson House where he remained until his death on August 
27th. His wife had moved to Brighton last year in order to be near him, and our deep sympathy goes out to 
her and her daughter in their loss. 




Private William Edward Bignell, Royal Army Ordnance Corps 

With deep regret we record the death of W. E. Bignell, of Kenley, Surrey; he was 53. 

He enlisted in December, 1939 and served until May, 1941, coming to St. Dunstan's five years later — 
in October, 1946. There he trained on assembly work and he worked at this until 1950, when he took up, 
as hobbies, rabbit-keeping, pig-keeping and netting. Over the past year his health has deteriorated and when 
he became seriously ill he entered Pearson House where he died on August 1st. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 
Lance Sergeant James E. Booth, 10th Royal Welch Fusiliers 

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of J. E. Booth, of Ashton-under-Lyne. 
He died on July 28th at the age of 73. 

He served from 1915 until 1917, being wounded at Arras in that year and he came straight to St. 

He trained in mat-making and boot-repairing, both of which crafts he followed until 1937. During 
the war years he wanted to play his part and he worked in a factory on war production from 1943 until 1945. 
He had been in very poor health of late years. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Booth and her family. 

Private Robert Edwards, Labour Corps 
With deep regret we record the death of R. Edwards, of Denbigh. He was 74. 
His service was from June, 1917, to November, 1918, and in 1921 he came to St. Dunstan's where 

he trained in basket-making and netting, and he was able to follow these occupations almost to the time of 

his entering hospital in July. 

Our very sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs. Edwards and her family. 

Private R. Graham, 1)1 9th London Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death on July 16th of R. Graham, of Tottenham, London, 
N.17, at the age of 69. 

Enlisting in May, 1915, he saw service until March, 1917, coming to St. Dunstan's immediately. 
He trained as a basket-maker and worked at his craft until 1926 when ill-health forced him to give up. Since 
then he had carried on in a limited way with wool rugs and netting. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Graham and her family 

Rifleman Henry George Greene, Royal Irish Rifles 
We record with deep regret the death of H. G. Greene, of Belfast. He died at his home on July 25th 

at the age of 66. 

Although he served in the First World War from 1915 to 1918, it was not until 1955 that he came to 

St. Dunstan's, when his age and poor health ruled out any training. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Greene and her family. 

Lance-Corporal Thomas Gregory, 4th Hussars 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of T. Gregory, of Wotting, Basingstoke. He was 68. 

He enlisted in February, 1915, and was discharged from the Army in June, 1918, and he came to St. 
Dunstan's in October, 1925. He trained as a basket-maker and later he had a smallholding with chickens 
and he continued with poultry-keeping up to the time of his death. Although he had not been too well, this 
was nevertheless sudden. He died on August 14th in Winchester Hospital. 

Private George Henry Hawkins, Labour Corps 

We have to announce with deep regret the death of G. H. Hawkins, of Cannock, Staffs. He was 77. 

He served from June, 1917, until July, 1918, and he came to St. Dunstan's in March, 1919, when 
he trained as a poultry-keeper and mat-maker. He continued to keep poultry, though on a much smaller scale 
latterly, right up to the time of his death, which occurred at his home on July 25th. He was a widower. 

Corporal Kenneth James Howes, 2nd Leicestershire Regiment 
With deep regret we record the death of K. J. Howes, of Montrose, Angus, Scotland. He died in 

hospital on July 30th where he had been admitted two days previously. He was 64. 

Enlisting in March, 1915, he was wounded in Mesopotamia. He entered St. Dunstan's in October, 

1921, where he trained in mat-making and boot-repairing, carrying on both occupations expertly until almost 

1942. He had been in poor health for many years but he was uncomplaining. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up son to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Private Anderson Needham, Royal Scots Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of A. Needham, of Swindon; he would have been 
62 this month. 

He enlisted in May, 1915, and was discharged from the Army when the war ended, coming to St. 
Dunstan's in January, 1948. He trained as a shop-keeper and he was carrying on his business in Swindon 
when he became seriously ill. He went to Pearson House where, unhappily, his condition deteriorated and he 
died there on August 27th. 

"Andy " was a member of the Bridge Club although for a long time he had not been able to join 
his friends there. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Needham and her family. {continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 485— Volume XLV 

OCTOBER, 1960 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Men 


LIEUT.-COLONEL Boris Zimin is a Russian artillery officer who was blinded fighting 
the Germans in the last war. He is a cheerful, jolly fellow and it was a pleasure to 
meet him when, as Chairman of the Central Directorate of the All-Russian Society for 
the Blind, he and Mr. Aleksandr N. Kvitko, Chief Engineer, and Mr. Mikhail Myatokin, 
Director of the Moscow Intermediate School for Blind Children, visited this country to see 
our blind world, as part of a reciprocal arrangement organised by the British Council. The 
party went to many departments of the R.N. LB. and spent the day of Thursday, October 6th, 
at St. Dunstan's, Ovingdean. They were greatly impressed with the building and the activities 
of St. Dunstaners they said, and that evening I gave them dinner in London. 

They have no separate organisation for blinded ex-servicemen and we were not able 
to get much information as to how many there are or what they are doing. We gathered, 
however, that there are Schools for the Blind and Workshops for the Blind and that blind 
persons are employed in ordinary factories to some extent. 

We did not learn of any physiotherapists, telephone operators, shopkeepers or individual 
poultry farmers. 

I took my little braille slate out of my pocket and wrote the name " Zimin " in un- 
contracted braille and handed the little piece of paper to the Colonel. He read this with great 
delight and said that evidently I knew Russian, to which I replied, " No. I know braille." 

An Old Trick 

The other day I was looking for a glass of beer on a table in my house. I approached 
it from above with all my fingers extended and found it safely. This is much safer than feeling 
for it horizontally when there is every chance of knocking it over. I learned this trick — 
which I suppose is known to every St. Dunstaner — fifty years ago when I was a Boy Scout 
and was being taught how to find things on a table in the dark. Believe it or not, I belonged 
to one of the first Boy Scout patrols in Britain, in 1907. 

In those days I read a book called, " The Boys of the Otter Patrol," published, I think, 
by Pearson's, Sir Arthur Pearson's firm, and written by E. le Breton Martin. I remembered 
his name when I met him some ten years later, as Editor at the R.N. LB. of all the braille 
magazines, a post which he held for many years. He was also one of our first Talking Book 

Handless St. Dunstaners Meet - 

On Monday, October 17th, I went to Brighton to attend a Dinner of St. Dunstan's 
handless men and women. It was the final function of their first Week-End Reunion at 
Ovingdean. Only two men came to St. Dunstan's blind and handless from the First World 



War. The Second War brought 21 men and women to us suffering this grievous double 

This extraordinary discrepancy is, I think, due to improved medical facilities which 
saved many lives which would have been lost in former years, and to the use of more very 
high explosives in booby traps, shells, land-mines and aerial bombs. 

If you can see but have no hands, you can look at your watch to tell the time. If you 
are blind you can feel the time through your finger tips on a braille watch. Neither of these 
courses is open to the blind and handless but a specially adapted repeater watch which fits 
into the pocket and chimes the hour when a plunger is depressed solves this problem. This 
and many other devices have been developed by St. Dunstan's Research Department which 
is always ready to take up new ideas, no matter how unlikely they may seem. How much 
the Department has been able to achieve is shown by the occupations our handless St. 
Dunstaners follow. 

It was an inspiring gathering. The St. Dunstaners I met included two housewives, 
two shopkeepers, two telephonists, a joiner, a packer and a guide to Warwick Castle. In 
fact, of all those present, more than half were in regular employment. 

Some might say that this is a miracle but if so, it is a miracle brought about by the 
courage and ability of these men and women, helped by St. Dunstan's through inventions 
and gadgets. It is a story of heroism and invention, but most of all it is a story of heroism. 


Welfare Staff Changes 

We are very sorry indeed to announce 
the resignation of Miss Margaret Cox, our 
Welfare Visitor for East Anglia during the 
past seven years. 

" Sister Margaret," as she is affectionately 
known by the St. Dunstaners in her area, 
and indeed by many others, joined the 
staff in 1947 at the Training Centre at 
Tembani, Cape Town, for war-blinded men 
in the Middle East. After her return 
to England she continued to work for the 
organisation at Pearson House and the 
London Transit Hostel before taking up 
the duties of Welfare Visitor for East 
Anglia in 1953. 

Miss Cox takes with her our very best 
wishes for the future. 

The East Anglian area will be taken over 
by Miss Muriel Meyer, who joins St. 
Dunstan's from the Y.W.C.A., with which 
she has gained much welfare experience 
over many years, both at home and over- 

Chess Week-end 

St. Dunstaners interested in Chess are 
reminded that the Chess Week-end takes 
place at Ovingdean this year from the 4th 
to 6th November. All Chess players, 
whether experts or beginners, are welcome 
to join in this enjoyable social occasion. 
Those interested please write to me at 
Headquarters. C. D. Wills. 

"Thermega" Electric Blankets 

The makers of the " Thermega " electric 
blanket, the Ex-Services Welfare Society, 
have asked that St. Dunstaners be advised 
that should they desire to make a purchase, 
a special discount of 25% will be given. 
Having deducted this amount, the cost of 
the various blankets to St. Dunstaners 
would therefore be as follows: 




"County" 60" X 30" 




"County" 60"x48" 




"Duchy" 60" X 32"" 







"Duchy" 60"x50" 






3-heat -Pad 16"xl2" 


Signal Red 

local application of heat 

or King- 

in the relief of pain) 




fisher Blue 

Many will know that a fellow St. Dun- 
staner, Mr. Frank Pawson, is an adminis- 
trative officer within this Welfare Society, 
and he has asked that St. Dunstaners 
should contact him direct at the Ex-Services 
Welfare Society, 37-39 Thurloe Street, 
London, S.W.7 (Telephone KNIghtsbridge 
8688, Ext. 3). When ordering, it is im- 
portant to state whether the voltage 
required is 200/220 or 230/250. 

Two points are emphasised — to make 
sure the letter is marked clearly for the 
attention of Mr. Pawson, and secondly, 
terms are strictly cash with order. 


London Club Notes 

On Sunday, September 4th, the outing 
to Bognor proved a great success. A party 
of St. Dunstaners, with wives and escorts, 
left Headquarters by coach at 9.30 a.m. 
and after a lovely run down we arrived 
at Bognor at twelve o'clock to find the 
sun shining and a lovely lunch awaiting 
us. This was arranged by the Lex Cafe, 
who did their best to make us welcome. 
After lunch we made our way to the various 
places where we wished to go. We re- 
assembled at the Cafe at five o'clock for 
a lovely tea and left by coach at six o'clock. 
What a merry party we were— there must 
have been some sore throats next morning. 
An extra surprise on our return journey 
was the incident of " The Silhouettes." 
How we laughed! 

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Willis for all 
arrangements made and all so well carried 
out; also to Mrs. Willis for the welcome 
" cuppa " before we left. A grand day, 
enjoyed by all. 

Bill Harding. 

The Lee-on- Solent Camp 

Once again our thanks to the Royal Navy 
for a wonderful eight days. The weather 
was not quite up to the previous year 
but as we were in the Senior Service for 
a short period, sailors don't care. 

Commander Beaching met us for the 
first time. I wonder what were his inner 
thoughts ? All head cases, so he no doubt 
made allowances. He showed us kindly 
interest and came along at that unearthly 
hour to say goodbye on Saturday morning. 

Life members of the Chiefs' Mess — 
that goes for much, and how they looked 
after our needs in every way! Mention, 
too, must be made of the Gun Crew. 
They are always a wonderful crowd and 
this year they were super. Small wonder 
they carried off the three cups at the Royal 
Tournament, but I have a feeling that some 
of them felt they would welcome a few 
days' strict training after we left. 

Of course our thanks go out to Mrs. 
Spurway and to Lady Onslow, who is a com- 
paratively new camper, but she has become 
one of us, joining in everything. How 
fortunate we were able to wish her many 
happy returns of the day, even if the day 
was only a few minutes old. Our floral 
gift was only a small token of the respect 

she has won from all of us, not to mention 
the matelots. 

Tribute must be paid to our female 
quartet, Diana, Margaret, Sheila and Kath- 
leen. How they work and are always at 
hand! To avoid jealousy, our thanks are 
due to the male quartet, Denny (camp 
would not be the same without his choice 
remarks), Ben, Sandy and Roger. They add 
their charm(?) to our enjoyment. 

May I just say to some of our younger 
St. Dunstaner friends — they are no longer 
" new boys " — -come along, you do not 
know what you are missing. 

Finally, thank you, the Navy down at 
Lee for being so jolly decent to us all. 
Here's to the next time. 

Ivor Gwyn. 

Two-Mile Walk— E well East 

The Walking Section are much indebted 
to Mr. Plant, of the L.C.C. Sports Ground, 
for again lending us his beautiful ground 
on September 17th. And what dressing 
rooms! Hot showers and baths, and all 
so modern. Dressing rooms do make so 
much difference to the competitors' and 
escorts' comfort. 

No walk is possible without escorts — ■ 
thank you Inspector James, Mr. Fred Duff, 
and the Metropolitan Police Walking 

The Walk was started by the Countess 
of Onslow, who also presented the prizes. 
Lady Onslow is President of the Sutton 
Club, which she visited after the Walk. On 
behalf of Club members, thank you so 
much, Lady Onslow, for all your help. 





1. Halliday, L. ... 5.30 

2. Cookson, E.... 9.20 

3. Madgwick, F. 3.40 

4. Burns, M. ... 7.00 

5. Stafford, C. ... 3.00 

6. Golding.M.... 5.30 

7. Simpson, J. ... 0.30 

8. Reed,G. ... 6.10 

9. Trott, W. ... 5.30 

H'cp. Actual 

Time Time 

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25.20 25.20 2nd 

25.45 20.05 3rd 

26.00 23.40 

26.05 19.45 

26.35 22.45 
26.39 17.49 

27.36 24.26 
31.42 27.52 

Braille Tests 

ILepeat Senior Braille Test. M. Burns, of 


Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

I received a charming letter from a 
Mrs. Kihn, of South Africa. She made 
favourable comments upon my book then 
went on to relate her meeting with Helen 
Keller. Mr. Kihn had composed a poem 
in honour of Helen Keller when she visited 
South Africa which I am enclosing here- 
with. Perhaps you can find space for it 
in the Review. 

Yours sincerely, 

Wally Thomas. 

Helen Keller 

From out of the darkness 
Of perpetual night, 
Through the vales unseen 
Across the rolling hills 
Your spirit soars in flight 
To peaks that skyward lean 
And fills the world with light. 

From out of the silence 

That is ever still, 

Your voice gives forth the word, 

That men may heed 

That silent cry unheard, 

The wordless prayer, 

And care for them who solace need. 

To the blind you are sight, 
To the deaf a story newly told, 
To the sorrowing, light, 
And to all men a challenge 
As old, as man is old. 

Paul Kihn, 
Cape Times, 27J6J60. 

Our Gardeners 

Gardening successes are coming in thick 
and fast. Among recent winners are H. F. 
Goodley, of Pulham Market (three firsts, 
three seconds and a third at Norwich 
Blind Show) ; F. C. Fulbrook, of Edgware 
(First Prize and a Certificate of Merit for 
the best specimen bloom, and Second and 
Third Prizes in the Intermediate Section at 
the Stanmore and District Chrysanthemum 
and Dahlia Society); E. J. West, of Egham 
(a first, two seconds and a third for his 
chrysanthemums, and eleven prizes includ- 
ing three firsts for various exhibits at 
Egham-Hythe Association Show) ; F. Madg- 
wick, of Rudgwick, Surrey (four firsts at 
two local shows) ; and A. Garbutt, of Stock- 
ton-on-Tees (a second and a third). 

What We Owe to Louis Braille 

From earliest times man has felt the 
urge to find a medium in which to record 
his thoughts and deeds. For this purpose 
many ancient civilisations created various 
ingenious formulae including Babylonian 
cuneiform — wedge-shaped impressions on 
tablets of clay; Egyptian hieroglyphs, or 
picture writing; and the current universal 
alphabet, first used by the Phoenicians to 
facilitate commercial transactions. No one, 
during those centuries, thought of or 
succeeded in inventing a formula which 
enabled the unsighted to share this asset 
to intellectual development. Not, that is, 
until the 19th century, when France pro- 
duced a saint who, himself blinded while 
still a child of three, dedicated his adult 
life to the task of finding a method of helping 
the physically blind to develop their natural 

The story of Louis Braille's success in 
finding and perfecting his system has been 
told and retold, but I tender no apology 
for recalling that while Moses led his own 
people out of captivity, Louis Braille's 
deliverance was universal. 

Braille being applicable to the written 
word in any language enables its individual 
possessor to study for and enter many of 
the professions, take Holy Orders, assist in 
civic life and affairs, and help in the indust- 
rial output, while the treasure house of 
literature offers information and relaxation 
to those wishing to improve the mind or 
rest the body. Thus, braille has given its 
students a measure of self-dependence un- 
dreamed of before its inception. With the 
realisation of this in our mind, let us thank 
God for the life of the man who made it 
possible, by enabling the unsighted to 
enjoy the light, companionship and erudi- 
tion to be found in the world of books. 

T. Rogers. 
• • • 

The Rt. Hon. the Viscount Leverhulme 
will open Maureen Lees' Exhibition and 
Sale of Handicrafts by war and civilian 
blind and disabled on Tuesday, December 
6th. The Exhibition will be held at the 
Hesketh Hall, Port Sunlight, and will 
remain open until 7 p.m. each day until 
Friday and will close at 4 p.m. on the 

St. Dunstan's will have a stall and refresh- 
ments will be available. St. Dunstaners 
and their friends will be most welcome. 


From All Quarters 

St. Dunstaners Jimmy Wright, d.f.c, 
and " Dickie " Richardson were present 
at the annual reunion of the " Guinea Pig 
Club " at East Grinstead in September. 
Dickie was interviewed by R. Gunnell in 
the " Town and Country " B.B.C. feature 
on September 22nd. He came over confi- 
dent, clear and composed — really a first- 
class performance. 

• • • 

Tommy McKay, of Brighton, made a 
fire-screen-cum-dumb- waiter for this year's 
Handicraft Exhibition and won a Certificate 
of Merit, his fourth award in succession. 
He has the additional disability of an injured 
hand and leg. 

• • • 

J. MacFarlane, of Ilford, is not seeking 
re-election to the Civil Service Telephonists' 
Section Grade Committee, of which he has 
been chairman for the last four years. He 
says he thinks it is time he stood down to 
give a younger man a chance. He accord- 
ingly nominated St. Dunstaner John Lewis 
for the vacancy and John has been unani- 
mously elected. 

• • • 

G. W. R. Shepherd, of Whitchurch Hill, 
and Mrs. Shepherd, who are already 
Nuffield Agricultural Fellows, have now 
learned from America that they are to 
become Agricultural Fellows of the Kellogg 
Foundation. There are only 120 Nuffield 
Foundation Fellowships in the United 
Kingdom and only 80 Kellogg Foundation 

• • • 

Wally Thomas's book, " Life in My 
Hands," is to be broadcast in serial form 
in the B.B.C.'s "Woman's Hour." The 
first reading will be on Mondav, November 

• • • 

C. Eraser, of Sunderland, recently gave 
a most successful lecture on Physiotherapy 
to the local Rotary Club. This has led 
to requests for more talks. 

• • • 

Les Dennis and Billy Miller were among 
those competing, with the Gold Medal 
Olympics winner, Don Thompson, in the 
London to Brighton walk on September 
17th. Les was later interviewed by Max 
Robertson on B.B.C.'s " Sports Special " and 
was also pictured on I.T.V. 

The Last Reunions 

The Brighton Reunion was held at the 
Grand Hotel on Wednesday, September 
21st. Naturally, it was one of the best- 
attended of the series and equally obviously 
its success was assured. Our President, 
Sir Neville Pearson, bt., welcomed the St. 
Dunstan's guests, who were also honoured 
with the presence of the Mayor of Brighton, 
Alderman A. J. M. Johnson, j.p., and the 
Chief Constable, Mr. A. E. Rowsell. 

The London Reunion was on Friday, 
September 23rd, at Lyons Corner House, 
Coventry Street. Sir Neville Pearson again 
presided and he was accompanied, to every- 
one's pleasure, by Lady Pearson. 

One of the happiest events of a very happy 
evening was the presentation of a bouquet 
to Miss Frances Lloyd, r.r.c, who has 
been associated with St. Dunstan's since 
1915 and still regularly visits St. Dunstaners 
in the London hospitals. " Lloydie " re- 
ceived her bouquet from Mrs. Eileen 
Williams, of Ilford. 

Physiotherapy Annual Conference 

St. Dunstan's physiotherapists held their 
40th Annual Conference during the week- 
end of October 7th. Lord Fraser was the 
principal speaker at the luncheon at Oving- 
dean on the Saturday. 

The programme during the week-end 
included lectures by eminent specialists 
and demonstrations of new apparatus. 

The Committee was elected as follows: 
J. B. Purcell {Chairman), M. Burns, J. D. 
Calder, J. Delaney, J. J. Fulling, J. Legge, 
N. Perry, A. C. Pointon, F. J. Ripley, W. T. 
Scott, W. Shea, C. J. Stafford. 

From Miss Heap 

I should like to thank all those St. 
Dunstaners, staff and friends, who so kindly 
contributed towards my lovely retirement 
present — a lovely bow-fronted mahogany 
chest of drawers. This will always be one 
of my most cherished possessions and will 
remind me of the almost seventeen happy 
years that I have spent amongst you — at 
Church Stretton, Ovingdean and Pearson 

I shall miss you very much. God bless 

you all. 

M. Heap. 


A Voyager's Tale 

The Mystery of Eilean More 

In the Western Hebrides are a small 
group of islands known as the Flannan 
Isles. On one of them, Eilean More, 
stands a lighthouse to which there are 
three lighthouse keepers and except for 
these, there are no inhabitants. The light- 
house stands on the highest point of the 
island and on the landward side there is 
a stone jetty, on the end of which there 
is a small hand crane used for landing the 
necessary stores for the three keepers. 

It was a night in December in the year 
1909, when lighthouses were lit by oil 
and there was no wireless. On this night 
the inhabitants of the nearer islands noticed 
that the lighthouse was not showing a 
light; ships also noticed it and it was 
reported when they reached port, but the 
weather was so bad that it was some weeks 
before the Trinity relief ship could get 
out to see what was the matter. When 
the party were able to land on the island, 
they went up to the lighthouse. The out- 
side door was open but there was no sign 
of any of the three keepers. They searched 
the lighthouse and the island, but to no 
avail. The light had been trimmed all 
ready for lighting, and the slate log was 
made up to 9 a.m. of the morning of the 
day that the light did not appear. In a 
lobby just inside the door they used to 
hang their oilskins, one set for each keeper. 
Only one set was hanging there, the set 
belonging to the duty keeper on the last 
day. I must explain that should there be 
any reason for the keepers to go down to 
the jetty, they would put their oilskins on 
owing to the spray when the waves struck 
the jetty. It was evident, therefore, that 
two of the keepers had reason to go down 
to the jetty that day. I should also explain 
that on no occasion, except in an emergency, 
should the duty keeper leave the lighthouse. 
Also that the light at this time of the year 
in the Hebrides is very bad, just twilight 
in fact. 

There it was — a very small island, a 
lighthouse left in perfect condition, with 
nothing out of place, but the three light- 
house keepers missing. Where had they 
gone? What had happened to them? 
That is a question that will never be 
answered satisfactorily. 

E. B. Oxborough, 

Great Yarmouth. 

The Long Arm of Coincidence 

Last month we reported how Jack Lomas 
and Ted Brett, war-time comrades, had 
met again at St. Dunstan's after forty-six 
years. E. B. Oxborough, of Great Yar- 
mouth, writes : 

" I have a similar meeting in mind, 
although it does not cover such a long 

Two P.O.W.s, an Englishman named 
Macdonald (Don) Wesley, who lived in 
Peterborough, and an Australian, Wally 
Jones, worked on the Railway of Death. 
They parted when the war was over, each 
going back to his own country. 

I was training in 1948 at Ovingdean, 
as also was Don Wesley. We broke up 
for the summer holiday and during the 
time we were away a number of Australians 
were sent to St. Dunstan's for training, 
among them Wally Jones. Imagine the 
astonishment of these two when they met 
in the entrance hall at Ovingdean. Wally's 
sight had been affected by malnutrition and 
Don Wesley's by beri-beri." 

" During the years 1940/41 1 was stationed 
at Moston Hall Military Hospital, Chester. 
Here, in my duties as Q.M., I had charge of 
the Linen Laundry, men's kits, etc. These 
duties took me into contact with the nursing 
staff in all wards and accommodation. 

I well recall a certain V.A.D. nurse 
working on Medical — with a striking sun- 
tanned face and very fine teeth, who always 
appeared to be smiling despite all troubles- 
even refusal by me to part without a sig- 
nature. I left Moston Hall in 1942, and 
after sundry voyagings and experiences, I 
eventually arrived at St. Dunstan's and 
Church Stretton. After a few months 
there, I suddenly met again my smiling 
V.A.D. from Chester. And, by a further 
strange coincidence, the lady in question 
figured in the ' Coincidence ' story in the 
Review last month — it was Miss Heap. 

John Mudge. 

The author of the article on Page 7, 
"The South Wind," is Ted Bullen, of 
Western Australia, who in sending it to the 
Review says, " I thought that perhaps it 
would be a good way for me to say my good 
wishes to all my old friends of St. Dunstan's." 



I have just spent a most enjoyable and 
exciting holiday in the West of England. 
The weather was very kind to us and and we 
were able to do quite a bit of fishing, 
catching lots of whiting and mackerel. 
The big day, however, came when we 
decided to go out shark fishing. We boarded 
the lugger, " Patsy Anne," which is diesel- 
driven, and was under the care of Mr. Frank 
Oliver. Apart from myself the party con- 
sisted of a Cumbrian, an Irishman, a Lan- 
castrian, a Taffy and a Yorkshireman. 

Our outward journey took us about two 
hours to complete and we found ourselves 
in the Atlantic Ocean, some miles past the 
Eddystone Lighthouse. The lines were 
baited with pilchards and pilchard oil was 
put into the water. The keenest excitement 
prevailed, for all were real novices. 

After only two minutes, Taffy was the 
first to bring in a blue shark; he was soon 
followed by the Lancastrian, then by the 
Yorkshireman and later by the Cumbrian, 
who broke the record by catching no less 
than three blue sharks. Their weights 
varied between 42 and 90 pounds. 

After lunch and some showers of rain, 
the return journey began. By this time a 
wind was blowing of force seven and the 
waves were mounting. Both wind and 
waves were hitting us head-on, the waves 
being between thirty and forty feet. How- 
ever, the good ship " Patsy Anne " struggled 
on through it all and in spite of the condi- 
tions, our homeward journey took us some 
three and a quarter hours. 


The South Wind 

For a week now there had not been a 
single cool breeze; not the slightest relief 
from the harsh sun by day and the over- 
heated earth by night. Each morning, 
weary, sleepy-eyed men left their stifling 
little houses and made their way to the 
mine for the day's work. As they met 
they shook their heads and said, 'Another 
stinker to-day! No sign of the Doctor 
yet." In the sweltering heat of the evening 
they parted with, " Tooroo, mate, maybe 
the Doctor'll come to-night." 

All day long the women had endured 
the tortures of yet another day, hoping for 
a change, any change that would drive 
away this dreadful heat. A mother watched 
over a feverish, fretful baby, desperately 

trying to ease the child's sufferings with 
damp cloths laid against the burning skin. 
With tear-filled eyes she prayed for the 
" Doctor " to come. 

Now, at last, the great red sun has sunk 
below the tortured land. Too hot to eat, 
men and women leave their houses and lie 
on lawns or under trees — anywhere to try 
to get real or imagined relief. And in 
their hearts, always the same prayer, 
" Please God, let the Doctor come tonight." 
and now their prayers have been heard 
and answered. Far down in the frozen wastes 
of Antarctica, the Doctor is stirring. At first 
it is but a sighing cold breath. Then with 
a mighty roar, the blizz?rd is on its way. 
Northward over two thousand miles of 
the Southern Ocean; but it is steady now, 
no longer a blizzard but still strong and 
purposeful — a great mass of cool moisture- 
laden air. Ever northward the Doctor 
speeds on his mission of mercy. Up over 
the cliffs and beaches of Southern Australia; 
on over the sun-smitten land. 

Back in the little mining town, a man 
suddenly sits upright, his ears straining to 
hear a far-off sound. It comes again — a 
faint moaning whisper, then quickly the 
sound changes to a roar. The Doctor has 
arrived! Everywhere there is excitement. 
People shout to each other, " the Doctor 
is here! " And here he is with a vengeance, 
driving before him a great mass of super- 
heated air laden with every kind of debris ; 
in through doors and windows that have 
for so long been wide open, scattering 
tins and leaves and papers. But the people 
don't mind. Nothing matters now — the 
Doctor has arrived! The dusty, noisy 
vanguard has moved on; the cool moist 
air has laid the dust; and everywhere the 
folk are taking deep breaths of the gloriously 
vitalising medicine the Doctor has pres- 
cribed. The mercury, which has sullenly 
hovered around the century for days and 
nights, is suddenly precipitated downward — 
90, 80, 70, 60— and lower still; and all 
because the Doctor has arrived. Now 
comes the sound and the smell of cooking 
as jaded appetites revive. What matter if 
it be midnight or three in the morning? 
The Doctor has arrived! 

The anxious mother bends over her sick 
child, now tucked up in a blanket and 
sleeping softly. With tears in her eyes she 
thanks her God that the Doctor has arrived 

in time. 

Ted Bullen. 


Talking Book Library 
Back End Browsing 

This month's yield is a trio of limited 
range and here they are: — 

" To the Polar Sunrise," by K. Westcott 
Jones, readers Peter J. Reynolds and 
Duncan Carse, tells of an expedition to a 
point on the high plateau in North Norway 
where the first sign of the sun may be seen 
after the long, depressing Arctic night. By 
ship northwards to Hammerfest, then by 
motor vehicle up to the plateau, across it 
to the required spot, commenting all the 
way there and back upon the beauty and 
the beastliness of the surroundings, and 
occasionally touching upon the ancient 
legends of localities en route. A chilly 
bit of narrative but an experience which 
only one little-used word can express, yes 
that's it — an awe-inspiring experience, 
watching the Arctic night gradually, gradu- 
ally dissipating until finally the frozen 
surroundings begin a new multi-coloured 
sparkle in a new-born sunlight. All fires 
on and a full brandy flask are needed to 
read this in comfort! Cat. No. 219. 

" Passionate Search," by Margaret 
Crompton, reader Eric Gillett, is, or pur- 
ports to be, a view of the life of Charlotte 
Bronte from the inside. A very good job 
the authoress makes of it, too, but, dear 
readers, make sure your spirits are high 
before embarking on this sad tale, for I 
can assure you that other things about 
Haworth Vicarage than Branwell Bronte" 
lowered spirits considerably. Sad, so sad, 
and yet uncomfortably convincing. Read 
this and you are ready to read Charlotte's 
books all over again with a great deal 
more understanding and appreciation. Cat. 
No. 426. 
Also released: — 

"Village School," by "Miss Read," 
reader June Tobin. Cat. No. 420. 


Mrs. Hill Mottley 

Many St. Dunstaners will hear with regret 
of the death of Mrs. Hill Mottley. T. 
Floyd, of Teignmouth, writes: 

" From the early years of its existence, 
Miss Richardson, as she then was, took 
a keen interest in St. Dunstan's both in 
London, where she lived, and at Brighton, 
where she often acted as escort at West 
House. It is true to say that her interest in 
St. Dunstan's never diminished." 

Family News 

We have heard with regret of the recent 
death of Mrs. J. Boyles, widow of our late 
St. Dunstaner, J. Boyles, of Belfast. 

• • • 

Mrs. H. Gover is now back at home 
making slow but steady progress after her 
recent serious operation. The many mess- 
ages and flowers she received helped her 
to get better, she says. 

• • • 
Margaret Beard, Hove, who is twenty- 
one, has been accepted for Library School 
in London. She has just passed a further 
examination and has received the congratu- 
lations of the Director of Brighton Library. 

• • • 

We should have said that Gordon Parker 
(not Park), of Grantham, is a keen swimmer 
and has recently passed his Life Saving 

• • • 

Colin Biggs, Hildenborough, having 
passed his three subjects at Advanced 
Level, has been accepted for Leicester 

• • • 

John Daborn, Bexleyheath, has been made 
Head Boy of the school, Graham Road 
Secondary Modern; there are 800 boys 

• • * 

A top of the class prize and her second 
swimming certificate — that was Christine 
Petty's score last term. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On September 30th, Dorothy Cook 
Mapperley, Nottingham, to Peter Redman. 

On September 17th, Brian Morton, 
Peterborough, to Miss Christine A. Pettitt. 

On October 15th, Avrina Davies (step- 
daughter to Mr. and Mrs. G. Bilcliff), to 
David Henry Jones. 

On October 22nd, Patrick Hughes, 
adopted son of G. Pollard, of Kettering. 


P. Soames, of Spalding (their daughter 
has given birth to twin boys); W. J. 
Roberts, of Prittlewell (the eighth grand- 

• • • 

Maureen Lees would welcome silver 
paper and old Christmas cards to help raise 
funds for her forthcoming Handicrafts 
Exhibition. Her address is 23 Ben Nevis 
Road, Birkenhead. 


Liverpool Club Notes 

Another outing for members of the 
Liverpool Club was organised for Saturday, 
September 24th. Our destination was one 
of our favourite haunts, Llandudno. It 
was a beautiful morning, full of promise 
for the coming day, as members gradually 
assembled at the rendezvous outside the 
Sefton Hall. 

The non-arrival of our coach caused a stir 
and flutter that only subsided as we sank 
into our seats twenty minutes later. We 
set off, therefore, a little late and anxious 
to make up the time we had lost as we had 
more members to pick up en route. All 
went well until we reached the spot where 
the final members of our party had agreed 
to wait. No trace was to be seen of our 
St. Dunstaners and their wives. This 
spiked our guns considerably as you can 
imagine. One or two people put on their 
thinking caps and the rest of us settled 
down to wait. About half an hour elapsed 
before our missing members arrived. They 
had to winkle our worthy Chairman off 
a bus to which he seemed to have formed 
a very great attachment. When they were 
safely settled in our midst, our Chairman 
told us a likely story about the 'bus driver 
having lost his way!! 

We went very merrily on, stopping at the 
New Inn for our " elevenses." We arrived 
at Llandudno a little late, but what of that ? 
The meal was ready and waiting, and so 
were we! A delightful meal at Paynes 
and then we had the rest of the afternoon 
to do as we wished. Blue skies and sun- 
shine set the seal on our undertakings and 
we gathered at Paynes at five o'clock with 
renewed appetites for another excellent 

A very happy throng gathered together 
a little later for the return journey which was 
again broken to sample other forms of 
liquid refreshments at the New Inn. So 
on to our final goal. We parted, some with 
sore feet, one with a beautiful back-scratcher 
(booby prize in a raffle) but one and all 
with very happy memories of a most enjoy- 
able day. 

E. Aldred. 

Old Reviews Wanted 

The Editor would be very grateful for 
copies of the St. Dunstan's Review for 
November, 1938 and January, 1949. No 
others are needed, thank you very much. 


Harry. — On July 19th, to the wife of 

P. Harry, of Bridgend, a son — -Paul 

Manners. — On September 21st, to the wife 

of M. Manners, of Bridgend, a daughter. 
McCartney. — On October 2nd, to the wife 

of H. McCartney, of Belfast, a son. 


Our deep sympathy goes out this month 

to the following: 

Blackwell. — To C. G. Blackwell, of New 
Tredegar, whose brother died on Sep- 
tember 13th. 

Brogan. — To W. Brogan, of Cambridge, 
whose wife died on September 23rd after 
a long illness. 

Cook. — To Mr. and Mrs. L. Cook, of High 
Wycombe, in the loss of Mrs. Cook's 
mother who had lived with them. 

McCann. — To T. McCann, of Kirby Cross 
whose wife died in a Clacton Nursing 
Home on October 2nd after a long illness. 

Orrell. — To J. Orrell, of Pearson House, 
whose brother died very suddenly on 
September 23rd. 

Royle. — To W. Royle, of Stockport, in 
the sudden death of his wife on September 

Taplin.— To W. Taplin, of Redlands, 
Bristol, whose wife died on October 10th. 
Mrs. Taplin had been seriously ill for 
some time. 

Webster. — To Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Web- 
ster, of Forest Hill, whose only son, 
Geoffrey, was tragically killed in a motor- 
cycling accident on October 8th. 

Weeks. — To J. Weeks, of St. Leonards-on 
Sea, whose mother died on August 24th 
after much suffering. 

Golden Wedding 

Warmest congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. Burchell, of Midhurst, who celebrated 
their Golden Wedding on October 19th. 

Ruby Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. A. Yates, of Southwick, 
October 2nd. Many congratulations. 

Silver Wedding 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. H. 
Hocking, of Bacup, who celebrated their 
Silver Wedding on October 5th. 


"In mentors" 

Gunner Leslie F. Coles, Royal Field Artillery 

With deep regret we have to record the death on September 25th of Leslie F. Coles, of Chessington, 
Surrey. He was 65. 

He enlisted in March, 1915, and was discharged from the Service in July, 1919, but did not come to 
St. Dunstan's until March, 1947. After training, he took a shop but gave this up after a year and concentrated 
on handicrafts. This work he was still doing right up to the time of his death, which, although he had not been 
well, was sudden and unexpected. 

He leaves a widow and two daughters to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Private Herbert Arthur Davies, Royal Army Service Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of H. A. Davies, at his home at Sandbach, Cheshire. 
He was 78. 

He had served with his regiment from 1915 until 1919 but did not come to St. Dunstan's until 1944. 
His age then ruled out any training. 

He had been in poor health for some time and he passed away on October 9th. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Davies and her family. 

Private Martin Leonard, Northumberland Fusiliers 

With deep regret we record the death of M. Leonard, of Morpeth. He was 83. 

Enlisting in 1914, he was discharged in 1917 and came to St. Dunstan's in 1936. The state of his 
health prevented him from taking any training and in 1940 he entered hospital at Morpeth where he remained 
until his death on September 20th. 

We send our sincere sympathy to his niece, Miss V. Brannon, and other members of his family. 

Gunner Frank Massey, Machine Gun Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of F. Massey, of Leeds. He was 72. 

He served with the Machine Gun Corps from 1915 until 1919, but in 1918 he had been gassed. His 
sight, however, was not affected until as recently as 1959. He came to us in June of that year but training was 
ruled out because of his ill-health. This persisted and he died at his home on September 8th. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mrs. Massey and her son. 

Sapper Edward Mighell, Royal Engineers 

With deep regret we record the death of E. Mighell, of Banstead, Surrey, at the age of 78. 

He served from 1916 until 1917 but did not come to St. Dunstan's until December, 1953. Owing to 
his age, he did not undertake training but spent most of his spare time doing wood carving, at which he excelled. 
He had entered a miniature chest-of-drawers for the Handicraft Exhibition just before his death, for which 
he received a diploma. He died on September 14th and our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Beutell, his sister 
in-law. He was a widower when he came to us and had been cared for by Mrs. Beutell, his wife's sister. 

Private Thomas Peach, Royal Army Service Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of T. Peach, of Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, at the 
age of 73. 

Enlisting in September, 1916, he left the Army in January, 1920, and entered St. Dunstan's in April, 
1925. He trained as a mat-maker and carried on with this work until 1949, when he changed to wool rugs 
and netting. He lost his wife in June, 1940, and re-married in 1952. Eventually his health began to fail and 
in recent years he had taken life very quietly. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Peach, who is herself nearly blind, and to his family. 

Henry Evan Jones, 35th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces 

We have only just heard with deep regret of the death last January of H. E. Jones, of Bexley North, 
New South Wales, Australia. He died in Concord Repatriation Hospital after being taken there five weeks 

He leaves a widow to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 486— Volume XLV 


Price 3d. Monthly 

(Free to St. Dunstan's Mbn 


WHEN I was President of the British Legion and Major Spinks was Chairman, we 
set up a joint committee on which national membership societies such as the British 
Legion, the R.A.F.A., B.L.E.S.M.A., etc., and specialist societies such as St. 
Dunstan's, were represented to enable the ex-services movement to speak with one voice 
in making its submissions to the Government. This joint committee has remained in being 
and has continued its good work and we at St. Dunstan's are indebted to Mr. A. D. Lloyds, 
our Secretary, and Mr. H. D. Rice, our Pensions expert, for their work on it. 

Towards the end of the last session of Parliament, I raised the question of war pensions 
and asked for a statement, indicating that I thought the time had come for something to 
be done to raise the standard. 

On November 2nd a statement was made in both Houses of Parliament and St. 
Dunstaners will no doubt have heard of this on the radio or from their newspapers. 

My view of the matter is best illustrated by what I said in the House when the announce- 
ment was made, which was as follows: 

" My Lords, It might not be amiss if as an old friend of many ex-servicemen I were 
to make an observation or two on the war pensions statement. 

It is now five years since a previous Government made some similar provisions to those 
which we hear announced to-day, and it is three years ago, almost exactly, since the largest 
review and favourable improvement in war pensions was made — and I may say, in passing, 
that I hope history will repeat itself. The cost of living has remained steady for three years, 
a most difficult accomplishment. In that same period average weekly earnings have risen 
from £12 lis. 7d. to £14 2s. Id. That represents a rise of some 12 per cent, and from the 
figure given by the Minister to-day it appears that the basic rate of war pension is to be raised 
by 12s. 6d., or 14 per cent. 

In their Election Manifesto the Conservative Party said that they wished to link the 
standard of living of war pensioners to the standard of living of the people generally. That 
was a wholly new conception. Before this, all Governments had concerned themselves with 
formulas about the cost of living and whether certain sums of money matched certain 
changes in the cost of living. But now the new conception is that war pensioners and other 
pensioners shall enjoy the change in the standard of living, shall ' share in these good things,' 
to quote the words of the Manifesto. I congratulate the Government upon having carried 
out so swiftly those undertakings and upon having gone, so far as I can calculate in my head, 
a point or two better than the figures would have warranted." 


I should like to add the personal thanks of all St. Dunstaners to Mr. J. Boyd-Carpenter, 
the Minister of Pensions, who has for many yt>ars been a good friend to us. 

The details applying to various categories of St. Dunstaners are many and varied and 
we have arranged to set them out as clearly as possible in this issue, which has been 
published a week earlier to bring the good news to our readers as soon as possible. 

Lord Amory Joins the Council 

Lord Amory of Tiverton has been elected to the Executive Council of St. Dunstan's. 
As Mr. Heathcoat Amory he was Chancellor of the Exchequer until July last and before that 
was Minister of Agriculture and a Minister at the Board of Trade and Minister of Pensions. 
Though still in his early sixties, he was one of the British elder statesmen held in the highest 
esteem abroad and at home by members of all parties. We are fortunate, I think, to get 
the services of so distinguished and experienced a man. I have known him for many years 
in Parliament and can assure St.Dunstaners that he is also one of the most charming persons 
you could meet, and he has a fellow feeling with us for he was grievously wounded as a 
Parachute Colonel at Arnhem. On the occasion of his retirement, I said of him in the 
House, " If I were to write three words to describe him as I saw him in the House of 
Commons for so long, I would say that he is able, he is modest, and he is kind. I cannot 
think of any three words which I should regard as paying a greater tribute than that." 

Immediately he retired, with the cordial approval of my fellow members of the Council, 
I wrote to Lord Amory and he replied: 

" When I left the Treasury, I made a firm resolve not to take on any jobs for three 
months. However, you have touched a sensitive spot and of course I will most gladly 
accept your kind suggestion that I should serve on the Council of St. Dunstan's. It will 
be a pleasant renewal for me of my Ministry of Pensions contacts and a great privilege." 

A Further Nuffield Gift 

Through the personal influence of Lord Nuffield, who has taken a great interest in our 
Talking Book, the Nuffield Foundation has given us £100,000. This means that Lord 
Nuffield, directly or indirectly, has given us over £200,000 for the Library during the last 
ten years. This new gift, together with funds set aside by the R.N.I.B. and contributions 
from St. Dunstan's will enable us to carry through the conversion from gramophone discs 
to tape recordings about which I have kept readers informed from time to time. 

I am sure St. Dunstaners generally, and especially the many hundreds who enjoy the 
Talking Book, will join me in expressing our very warm thanks to the Trustees of the 
Nuffield Foundation and especially to Lord Nuffield himself, whose warm heart and practical 
help is most deeply appreciated. 


Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial 

On Sunday, December 11th, at 11.15 a.m., 
a Service will be held at the Ovingdean 
Chapel to honour the memory of the 
Founder of St. Dunstan's, Sir Arthur 
Pearson, bt. Our President, Sir Neville 
Pearson, will read the Lesson at the Service 
which will be conducted by St. Dunstan's 
Padre, the Rev. W. J. Taylor. 

The usual transport arrangements will 
be made for St. Dunstaners living in the 
Brighton area; a coach will leave the 
Arlington at 10.30 a.m. 

• • • 

On the morning of Friday, December 9th, 
the 39th anniversary of Sir Arthur's death, 

a party of St. Dunstaners will leave Head- 
quarters for Hampstead Cemetery, where 
a wreath will be placed upon his grave. 

Subscriptions of not more than one 
shilling towards the wreath should be sent 
to Mr. Lloyds at 191 Marylebone Road, 
London, N'.W.l. 

Remembrance Day, 1960 

St. Dunstaners were among those who 
paraded at the Cenotaph on Sunday, 
November 13th, and a party were present 
at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 
November 12th, for the Festival of Remem- 
brance. Lord and Lady Fraser also attended 
the Festival and our Chairman took part 
in the parade the following morning. 


War Disability Pensions 

Improvements Announced 

November 2nd, 1960 

Details of the improvements are as 
follows : — ■ 

Basic Pension 

All 100% Pensions will be increased by 
12s. 6d. a week and proportionately for 
lower assessments so that a Private Soldier 
disabled in the highest degree will be en- 
titled to receive 97s. 6d. a week instead of 
the present 85s. 

Attendance Allowance 

There is to be an all-round increase in this 
Allowance. A St. Dunstaner with guiding 
sight who at present receives 17s. 6d. a 
week will receive 20s. a week. A totally 
blind St. Dunstaner who receives 35s. a 
week will receive 40s. A St. Dunstaner 
with disabilities additional to blindness who 
receives 52s. 6d. a week will receive 60s. 
A St. Dunstaner with exceptional disabili- 
ties, such as the loss of both hands additional 
to blindness, who at present receives 70s. a 
week will receive 80s. 

The Attendance Allowance which is now 
limited to pensioners assessed at 100% will 
be extended to those assessed at 80% or 
90% where they are 100% disabled from 
all causes and their need for attendance 
arises mainly from the war disablement. 
St. Dunstan's will co-operate with the 
Ministry of Pensions in dealing with this 
particular improvement and a further letter 
will be sent to those St. Dunstaners who 
are affected. 

Unemployability Supplement 

This Supplement will be increased from 
55s. a week to 63s. and the Family Allow- 
ances payable with such Supplement will 
also be increased as follows: 

Allowance for wife or other adult depen- 
dant, from 30s. a week to 35s. 

Allowance for first child, from 15s. to 
17s. 6d. 

Allowance for other children, from 
7s. 6d. to 9s. 6d. 

Education Allowance 

This Allowance, where payable, will be 
increased from up to £80 a year to up to 
£120 a year. 

Allowances for Wear and Tear of Clothing 
due to Artificial Limb 

These Allowances, where payable, will 

be increased as follows: 

Lower Rate, from £6 a year to £7 10s. a 

Higher Rate, from £10 a year to £12 10s. 
a year. 

Allowance for Lowered Standard of 

This Allowance is paid in exceptional 
cases only to those Pensioners receiving less 
than the 100% Pension. A new Allowance 
of 20s. a week will however be introduced for 
Pensioners who on account of exceptional 
disablement qualify for an award of Attend- 
ance Allowance at rates above the normal 
maximum (now 35s. a week to be increased 
to 40s. a week), and who, despite their 
severe handicaps, are normally in employ- 
ment. This new Allowance will help only 
a limited number of St. Dunstaners, but 
will be most welcome. 
Comforts Allowance 

This Allowance has not been increased 
and will continue to be paid as at present. 


The following examples show the altered 
rates, and may be of help to St. Dunstaners 
in appreciating their personal position: 


Totally Blind 
Basic Pension ... 
Attendance Allowance 
Comforts Allowance 
Wife's Allowance 
Child's Allowance 





£ s. d. 

4 17 6 




7 6 

D 17 


£8 15 

Guiding Vision 

Basic Pension ... 

£ s. 

. 4 5 


£ s. 
4 17 


Attendance Allowance. . 




Comforts Allowance .. 



Wife's Allowance 



Child's Allowance 





£6 10 

£1 5 

Totally Blind with Excej 
tional Maximum Rate 


Attendance Allowance 

£ s. 


£ s. 


Basic Pension 

. 4 5 

4 17 


Attendance Allowance. . 

3 10 


Comforts Allowance .. 

. 1 


Special Allowance 
Wife's Allowance 

'. 10 


Child's Allowance 





£9 12 


m 15 




Totally Blind 

Basic Pension ... 

Attendance Allowance. . . 

Unemplyobility Supple- 

Comforts Allowance ... 

Wife's Allowance 

Allowance for First 

Guiding Vision 

Basic Pension ... 
Attendance Allowance 
Unemployability Supple 

Comforts Allowance . 
Wife's Allowance 
Allowance for First 


£ s. d. 

4 5 

1 15 

2 15 
1 10 



£ s. d. 

4 17 6 


3 3 
1 15 

17 6 

£12 13 13 

£ s. d. 

4 5 

17 6 

2 15 


1 10 


£ s. d. 

4 17 6 


3 3 


1 15 

17 6 

£11 2 6 £12 13 

If a St. Dunstaner is sixty-five years of 
age or over he will be receiving in addition 
to the above the Age Allowance of 15s. 
a week. This Allowance has not been 

The improvements will come into force 
on the first pay day in April, 1961. 

National Insurance Benefits 

Improvements and Alterations 
Announced November 2nd, 1960 

Details of the new standard weekly rates 
of National Insurance Benefits which will 
become effective in the first week of April, 
1961, are as follows: 

Sickness or Unemploy- Present New 

ment Benefit £ s. d. £ s. d. 

Single Person 2 10 2 17 6 

Married Couple ... 4 4 12 6 

Retirement Pension 

Single Person 2 10 2 17 6 

Married Couple ... 4 4 12 6 

Widow's Pension ... 2 10 2 17 6 

There will also be increases in Maternity 
Benefits, Widows' Allowances and in the 
Allowances for certain dependants. 

These new Insurance Rates are subject 
to the necessary Bill being passed, but it 
is not expected that there will be any 
material changes on its way through 

In a contributory scheme such as this, 
the improved benefits must be matched by 
increased contributions. For the employed 
person not contracted out of the graduated 
National Insurance Scheme, which comes 

into operation next April, the contributions 
will remain at about their present level. 
Employed persons contracted out of the 
graduated scheme will be asked to pay 
lis. 4d. (men) and 8s. lOd. (women) instead 
of the present rates of 9s. lid. (men) and 
8s. (women). The self-employed man will 
pay 13s. 6d. a week as against the present 
12s., and the self-employed woman lis. as 
against the present 10s. a week. For non- 
employed persons the contribution will rise 
from 9s. 7d. to 10s. 9d. for men and from 
7s. 7d. to 8s. 3d. for women. 

St. Dunstan's is paying the whole of 
the contribution for the non-employed St. 
Dunstaner and is helping with the contri- 
bution of the employed and self-employed 
St. Dunstaner. When the new contri- 
bution rates become effective, St. Dunstan's 
will continue to pay the whole of the non- 
employed contribution and will pay 5s. 8d. 
of the contribution of the self-employed 
St. Dunstaner and of the employed St. 
Dunstaner whether he will be contracted 
in or contracted out of the graduated 
scheme which comes into operation in 
April, 1961. 

Brighton News 

Miss Nias, until recently Escort Sister 
at Pearson House, has been appointed 
Lounge Sister at Pearson House in succes- 
sion to Miss M. Heap, who has retired. 

We were very sorry indeed to lose Miss 
Heap and wish her a very happy retire- 
ment. She joined the Staff in February, 
1944, and many will remember her as 
Escort Sister at Ovingdean, then as a 
transport driver and finally as Lounge 
Sister at Pearson House. 

Brighton Club Notes 

All St. Dunstaners in Brighton and 
district are cordially invited to the Annual 
General Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
December 8th, 1960. This will be followed 
by a whist and domino drive. 

Frank A. Rhodes, 

• • • 

The Editor thanks those readers who 
have sent copies of the St. Dunstan's 
Review for January, 1949. A few more 
are still needed, as also is the issue for 
November, 1938. If any St. Dunstaner 
can help in this way, it would be appreciated. 


Chess Weekend 

Patience and tenacity were rewarded 
when F. H. Kirkbright won the Cup at 
this year's Chess Week-end. His first 
success after fourteen years, he gained 
3J points out of 4. Norman Russell came 
second with 3 points and Freddie Taylor 
third with 2\. It was a close-fought 
contest with the results being in doubt 
until the final round. Ray Sherriff put up 
a very good performance in his very first 
Tournament in spite of being in the top 
handicap class. I predict that he will be 
among the prizewinners in the near future. 

After a discussion as to whether clocks 
should be used in future Tournaments, it 
was finally decided not to use them — but 
it is up to all players to get on with their 
games at a reasonable pace. A definite 
result cannot be given on adjudication if 
only a few moves have been made. 

Matron presented the prizes after saying 
how pleased she was to see such an interest 
taken in this grand game which helped 
to fill in one's time and widen one's scope. 

Miss Carlton was at hand during the 
whole period working out the arrange- 
ments at which she has now become very 
efficient. Very many thanks, Miss Carlton. 

Mr. R. W. Bonham, of Worcester College, 
paid us his usual visit and demonstrated 
his skill as a chess expert and teacher. Our 
boys appreciated his valuable advice. 

We were all very pleased to welcome 
Percy Stephens, who attended each day 
accompanied by his charming wife. Percy 
played chess many years ago and is now 
learning to play as a blind man. He shows 
great interest. We can assure him of every 
assistance in his efforts to get into the game 
again. He regaled us with stories of his 
experiences and of the great variety of 
people he has met. It was a great tonic 
to hear his stories told as only Percy can 
tell them in his own quiet modest manner. 
Charles Kelk. 

On The Air 

A. W. (" Tiger ") Martin, of Peacehaven, 
recently took part in a new sound radio 
programme, " Listen Awhile," in which 
he gave an account of his experiences as a 
circus performer and travelling showman. 

And On Television 

F. Sunderland, of Greenford, took part 
in an I.T.V. programme, " It Happened 
to me," on Friday, November 4th. 

Tales Of Ind 

When Kipling wrote the " Ballad of East 
and West," he never dreamed of what he 
had started. A spate of novels about the 
North West Frontier appeared on the book- 
shelves and in the public libraries. Written by 
romantic women writers, they were avidly 
read by romantic Victorian, or was it 
Edwardian, maidens who in their dreams 
sought their hero, " the strong, silent man." 
Shades of Ethel M. Dell! 

Indeed, the men who served with the 
Frontier regiments of the Indian Army 
were dedicated, living hard, lonely and 
dangerous lives in frontier posts and forts, 
often spending months without seeing 
their families or the face of a white woman 
or child. 

I look back after nearly forty years and 
see in my mind's eye the grim mud-coloured 
fort with its squat tower over which flew 
the Union Jack. Jandola was " in peace " 
occupied by the South Waziristan Scouts. 
It was in the centre of mountains, hills and 
deep ravines, presenting a picture of barren 
desolation. Not a blade of green grass 
to be seen, only great rocks perched pre- 
cariously on the edge of cliffs forming 
grotesque shapes as night fell. 

The locals had a legend that when Allah 
created the world, he had a lot of building 
material left over and this was dumped 
on the North West Frontier. 

I shall always remember the night in 
Jandola when a picket high up on a hill 
behind the camp started firing and when 
the post asked them by telephone what the 
trouble was about, they stated that they 
were being heavily engaged by the enemy. 
The picket was defended by about a dozen 
Indian soldiers. The attack may have been 
a ruse to entice a part of the garrison out 
of the post and destroy them so no attempt 
was made to rescue them. The firing 
went on for some time and then stopped; 
the telephone also went dead and it was 
concluded that the picket had been over- 
run. The next morning I was told that it 
seemed that the pickets heard movements 
in the barbed wire apron in front of the 
picket and the rattle of tins attached to 
the wire; they started firing thinking the 
enemy was all around them. When day 
dawned they found the " enemy " — a dead 

Duncan McAlpin. 


Talking Book Library 
Guy Fawkes Special 

Roughly speaking, two roman candles 
and two golden rain let off, or should I say 
released, this month. The bag contained 
no sparklers perhaps, but then neither did 
it hold any damp squibs. 

" The Dragon Tree," by Victor Canning, 
reader Robin Holmes, is an entertaining 
story of political prisoners, terrorists, in 
exile under guard. The story of the Major 
appointed as gaoler and of the English wife 
of the terrorist leader on the tiny island 
where the exiles are confined, plus the sub- 
sidiary activities of the naval personnel, and a 
corporal of the garrison, make interesting 
reading and everything builds up to the 
dramatic rescue. Cat. No. 411. 

" No Room in the Ark," by Alan Moore- 
head, reader Robin Holmes, is a most 
pleasant account of a journey to the source 
of the Nile by plane, by river steamer and 
occasional excursions on foot. A relaxed 
piece of writing and enjoyably educative. 
Cat. No. 419. 

" These Twain," by Arnold Bennett, 
reader Eric Gillett, adds another volume 
to the saga of the Clayhanger family and 
all their fears, hopes, and aspirations up 
there in the Potteries. Cat. No. 399. 

" The Heart is Highland," by Dorothy 
Black, readers Norman Shelley and P. J. 
Reynolds, is a pretty little double romance 
of a girl artist and her Scottish girl friend 
both sharing a flat in town. The main 
action takes place on a little Western Isle, 
the friend's birthplace, where painter hero- 
ine takes a holiday and gets wrapped up in 
the spiritual and economic life of the island 
with the interesting results one can only 
read for oneself. Cat. No. 1 57. 


The Philosopher 

The following little gem comes from 
T. Rogers, of Huddersfield. 

" I was at a niece's for tea when her 
boy arrived with a little school friend. 
Giving them tea, my niece asked the 
youngster if he would like a piece of apple 
pie. ' Oh yes, please,' he replied. She 
then said, ' I hope you don't mind but it's 
a little soft from the juice of the fruit.' 

" Imagine my amusement when the boy 
replied, ' Oh no, I don't mind. If you are 
too particular you miss a lot in life! ' " 

From All Quarters 

H. C. McCrea laid the wreath at the 
Cenotaph in Belfast on Armistice Day. 
• • • 

H. Duxbury, of Manchester, who is a 
lay preacher, recently had his sermon 
recorded in the church, together with the 
service, and it was then taken to the homes 
of local blind people who are unable to 

• • • 

A. T. Hazel, of Merton, left England 
last month with Mrs. Hazel for Cape Town. 
They will be returning next March. 

• • • 

Micky Burran and Mrs. Burran have now 
returned to this country from America. 

• • • 

S. Purvis, of Seghill, has won a writing 
desk, two chairs and a tea set this year 
with his leeks. 

• • • 

W. Griffiths, of Blackburn, has done very 
well at recent Blackpool and Fleetwood 
Musical Festivals for his baritone solos. 

• • • 

W. Bell, of Basingstoke, has a Border 
Collie which has just had a litter of puppies. 
He would like to find good homes for the 
puppies and also for their mother. There 
are six bitches and one dog in the litter. 
He would be glad to hear from any St. 
Dunstaners who would be prepared to 
give good homes to the dogs. His address 
is 142 Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke. 


Harmer. — -On October 18th, to the wife of 
A. J. Harmer, of Rubery, Birmingham, 
a daughter — Sandra Christine. 


Our deepest sympathy goes out to the 

following : 

Palmer.— To H. A. Palmer, of West 
Hartlepool, whose brother died on Nov- 
ember 4th in his 74th year. 


Toomey. — On October 17th, A. J. Toomey, 
of London, W.10. Mr. and Mrs. Toomey 
have now moved to Worting, Basing- 

Ruby Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Shaw, of Walsall, 
November 3rd. Many congratulations. 


Told at the Handless Reunion 

" I have an artificial hand made by the 
expert who makes artificial eyes for St. 
Dunstaners. On a train recently another 
passenger went out of her way to compli- 
ment me on the way I kept my nails! " 

Gwen Obern. 

" In 1944 I was a prisoner of war in 
Japanese hands. A telegram from England 
from a blind and handless sapper brought 
me such encouragement that I can still 
remember the message. It went like this. 
' Out tandeming to-day. Typed this my- 
self. Also lost my sight and hands. Don't 
be too depressed. Keep smiling.' The 
telegram was signed ' David Bell.' 

" This week-end, nearly seventeen years 
after, at our Reunion, I have met David 
for the first time." 

Bill Griffiths. 

Do You Play an Instrument? 

Are there any St. Dunstaners in the 
London area who would be interested in 
forming a small jazz band? R. Pringle, 
of London, N.W.10, who already plays in 
one, would like to hear from others with 
a view to forming a St. Dunstan's Band. 
The Editor would be glad to forward any 
replies to Mr. Pringle. 

Family News 

Mrs. D. Munro is one of the founder 
members of the Aberdeen and District 
English Association and at a ceremony 
marking the opening of the Association's 
new premises, Mrs. Munro, with another 
founder member, was presented to the 
Lady Provost of Aberdeen. 

• • • 

Janet Marsh, Jersey, Channel Isles, has 
taken the juvenile St. John Ambulance 
preliminary certificates for home nursing 
and first aid. 

• • • 

Colin Biggs, Hildenborough, has passed 
in Advanced Level in pure maths, applied 
maths, and physics practical, and in " O " 
Level in pure and applied maths, physics 
and physics with chemistry and geography. 

• • • 

Robert Beales, Hereford, has won the 
Pengrove Prize for Junior Pianoforte at 
Hereford School of Music. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Colin Faulkner, Northwich, in October. 

A Vision of Happiness 

1 was standing upon a broad ledge upon a mountain- 

Enveloped in a dense white mist — 'twas neither 
damp nor cold 

I knew not how I reached the ledge, I stood there 
much perplexed, 

I knew the mountain towered above — I had not 
reached its peak 

And then I felt a genial warmth, the sun was 
shining from above 

And in a trice the mist all cleared, the mountain- 
side was now revealed. 

I saw the varied greens of tree and herb at different 

The grandeur of the rugged rocks with precipice 

and deep ravine, 
I saw where I had fallen down and had to make a 

fresh ascent, 
And just below where I did stand a spring of water 

bubbled forth. 
It trickled down the gentle slopes, cascaded o'er the 

And in the space of many years had worn itself 

And at the mountain foot a plain did stretch both 

far and wide 
And as I stood there pondering, the interpretation 

came to me, 
It was the mount of happiness up which I'd 

climbed so far 
But if I would the summit reach I just climb higher 


There is no easy way to happiness so we turn our 

backs upon the plain, 
There's but one way and 'tis to conquer self, 
To conquer self with all its base desires. 
And so we face the mountain with its arduous 

As we ascend, the urge to higher climb doth stronger 

And when we fall we rise to make afresh ascent, 
And as we go a glow of warmth is born within 

which radiates to other folk we meet. 
With hatpiness there comes content and also peace 

of mind 
And the summit of it all is love which hath no evil 


W. C. Hills. 


F. S. Nunn, of Derby, a grand-daughter; 
S. W. Taylor, of Shepshed, a grandson; 
A. Taylor, of Colchester (the fifth grand- 
child); T. J. Floyd, of Teignmouth, a third 


"Jtt Mtmatv" 

Private Frederick Bush, King's Own Yorkshire Eight Infantry 

With deep regret we record the death of F. Bush, of Elland, Yorkshire, which occurred suddenly 
at his home on October 23rd. 

He was a serving soldier when the First War broke out — he had enlisted in 1908 — and he received 
his discharge in 1919. It was not, however, until 1946 that he came to St. Dunstan's. He trained in basket- 
making and netting and followed these occupations until early this year when increasing ill-health forced 
him to give up. He had been in indifferent health for some time and seriously ill since last August. 

He leaves a widow and two sons to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Private Ernest William Wakelin, Eabour Battalion 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of E. W. Wakelin, of Huntingdon. He was within 
a week or so of his seventy-third birthday. 

He served from March, 1917, until December, 1918, coming at once to St. Dunstan's where he 
trained as a boot-repairer and mat-maker. He carried on with mat-making until 1923 when his health forced 
him to give up for some years, but in 1931 he set up as a mat-maker again and was able to carry on his craft 
until 1953. His health then gradually deteriorated and he passed away on October 19th. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to Mrs. Wakelin in her loss. 

Trooper Samuel E. Worlidge, 3rd\2nd Scottish Horse 

We have to record with deep regret the death of S. E. Worlidge, of London, N.W.10. He was 
nearly 73. 

He enlisted the day after the outbreak of war in August, 1914, and served until April, 1916, coming 
to St. Dunstan's in June, 1927. He trained in mat-making and later had a poultry settlement. He gave 
this up in 1937 to take up mat-making again and he carried on this work, with a little wool-rug making also, 
until 1945. He gave up finally a few years later when his health began to deteriorate, but his death on 
October 30th was rather unexpected. 

We send our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Worlidge and family. 

David Roy Borrie, 2ndj21st Battalion, Australian Army 

We have heard with deep regret of the death in September last of D. R. Borrie, of Yea, Victoria, 
Australia. He was 58 and a single man. 

He came to St. Dunstan's in this country in 1948 to receive training and returned to Australia just 
over a year later where he built his own workshop to carry on basket-making, weaving and plastic work. 
We last heard of him a few years ago when he was very happily settled there. 

C. R. Frencham, Australian Forces 
We have heard with deep regret of the death of C. R. Frencham, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia^ 
He was admitted to St. Dunstan's benefits in 1936 but he had not been in touch with us for some 


We send our sincere sympathy to his widow. 

Miss Dorothy Dane 

We have heard with regret from Miss 
Morris of the death on October 15th, of 
Miss Dorothy Dane, who was a V.A.D. 
at St. John's Lodge from 1925 to 1927. 


Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Webster and their 
daughter-in-law, Maureen, wish to thank 
the many St. Dunstaner friends for the many 
messages of sympathy received in their 
tragic bereavement. 

Situation Vacant 

A St. Dunstaner living in Berkshire 
wishes to contact kindly person willing to 
act as part-time Resident Housekeeper. 
Accommodation, board and small remunera- 
tion. Applications in first instance to 
Area Superintendent (South), St. Dunstan's, 
191 Marylebone Road, London, N.W.I. 

Braille Tests 

Repeal Senior Braille Test W. C. Scott, 
of Sandbach. 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 487— Volume XLV 


Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Mbn 

A Writer Meditates on Working in Blindness 

(F. Le Gros Clark, who was blinded in the 1914-18war and has just had his latest sociological 

study published, has been asked to contribute an article on his experiences and methods 

as a writer of many years' standing). 

A BLINDED man is not advised to think of writing as a profession— only as a pursuit. 
It may certainly be a pursuit that he follows so assiduously that his working system 
becomes at last almost that of a professional. But there is always a difference. To 
write, a man must be prepared also to read. He has to read the journals to which he contri- 
butes, so that he may know their style; he has to search for printed sources of information, 
even if he is mainly an imaginative writer; above all, he must diligently revise what he has 
written. I know that, when first I tried my hand at writing in 1919, the thing that struck 
deepest into my mind was the fact that all I had written vanished. It was obvious; but at 
that moment it was strangely disconcerting. 

It was then that I determined I would never look upon writing as a profession. Those 
who can write so smoothly that they need scarcely change a word are to be envied. By 
temperament I cannot. I like to be able to write long passages — Derhaps several chapters — 
without looking back, under what sustained heat of inspiration I can summon up. Then 
I settle down with the product and begin to mould and amend it, until it is a mass of corrections 
and inserted phrases. I therefore trained myself diligently to carry in memory what I was 
writing, so that in time my confidence grew that I could compose the draft of a very long story 
or of a half-hour broadcast without needing to look back. One may say that it is well for 
a blinded man to practise this aptitude; and it is well, also, when p~ sparing to write and when 
writing, to think in imagination of precisely the kind of people for whom one is writing. 
In other words, one should make it like talking to them, though no doubt conversing in 
a good round style. 

But a blinded writer had early to admit that very much would depend on luck, and far 
more upon the co-operation of others. It was preferable to write primarily for the amuse- 
ment of a few intimates. That at least would be a reward; and if by any chance some 
manuscript was also published, it would come as a very pleasant a idition. So, to be honest, 
most of my early stories I wrote primarily to amuse my wife ; and a set of children's stories 
were first told or written for a class of little girls in North London. It happened that they 
were all subsequently published. But I think I should have had my due share of satisfaction 
even if they had not. 


In a sensed for us writing must always be a matter of collaboration, either with a fellow- 
worker or with an assistant. Even for sighted persons literary collaboration has to arise 
out of what Shakespeare calls " a marriage of true minds." If, as in our case,' it has to be 
undertaken, then it is necessary to think out ' patiently what part eaen of the collaborators 
is to play. One of the two must become the final arbiter on style, choice of words, emphasis 
and so on. The other may contribute plots, suggest turns of phrase, act as a constructive 
critic. In practice any degeneration into a wrangle about style or punctuation will ruin 
the partnership. 

The ability at last to secure fairly regular assistance made it possible for me to undertake 
research on social problems. Here once more it seemed desirable to work primarily for 
only a small audience — people one knew intimately, who were interested in the subject; 
and it was imperative for a blinded man that the social problems should be those in which 
he could lose himself. Indeed, the main purpose should be to forget one's petty troubles 
in a social cause that is inimitably greater than oneself. If the work finds publication, so 
much the better. As far as research is concerned, there may be many who can use Braille 
and tape recordings to a limited extent. Personally, if it is of sufficient interest to others, 
I work like this. 

In the early stages I spend a long time in solitude, " talking to myself" on the typewriter, 
while I try to see precisely what questions I am attempting to answer and what should be the 
plan of the writing. Thinking is, after all, only talking to oneself; and I find it more effective 
to make a record of my thoughts. Because I am at the same time disciplining myself in 
writing, many phrases will occur that may later prove quite good forms of expression. 
Then I work with an assistant, typing out in my own fashion masses of notes and figures 
from the materials that have been gradually accumulated. This file of notes is gone through 
carefully, and appropriately marked at every point to indicate in what order they will all 
be used in the writing. As for figures, I have tried to train myself to visualise tables when 
they are read out, to obtain a rapid glimpse of the patterns into which they seem to fall, to 
make rough calculations in my head, and to explain precisely how my statistics should be 
laid out on paper. I do not think I am very expert at it; but patient efforts in a matter of 
this kind do appear to yield a reward. 

When it comes to writing, I think I know the experience of those authors who declare 
that they are " in travail." I beg my assistant to sit quietly with a mass of marked notes, 
to read any book she likes, and to be prepared to look up the notes as I need them. In a 
way a blinded man who is so far ambitious in writing has to work in a topsy-turvy manner. 
Many sighted persons can take out a sheaf of notes in their hands and dictate to a secretary 
or a typist. Since a blinded man must have the notes read to him, he might as well do his 
own typing. As for braille in this context, valuable as it has been to me I cannot imagine 
having the vast medley of my notes brailled out and then readily found when I need them. 

One should always aim, I think, at turning what is unavoidable into an asset. Thus 
the very fact that a manuscript has to be read back to its writer has its uses, because the 
moment a reader hesitates about the flow of a sentence, one knows that there is probably 
something wrong with the punctuation or the order of the words. Again, in lecturing 
I rely on memory; and that means that the material has to be planned with great care so that 
the facts and any figures quoted fall into a logical sequence. One fondly hopes that this 
self-discipline will ultimately benefit the audience. The essence of blindness is that a man 
has more time to think; and the secret is to use that otherwise tedious necessity to good 
purpose. To compose stories and verses for the pleasure of even a few children or friends 
is one of the most satisfying ways of solving the problem. For it must be emphasised that, 
though a story may be written in the first instance for only one person or one child, it should 
be as complete a work of art as if it were intended for millions. Publication may indeed 
come later; but in this uncertain world I have never under any circumstances thought of it 
as an end in itself. That may be the natural caution of one who has to make every move 
cautiously. Yet I would commend it as elementary wisdom. 


Memorial Service 
to Sir Arthur Pearson 

On Sunday, December 1 lth, the Memorial 
Service to St. Dunstan's Founder, Sir 
Arthur Pearson, bt., held at the Oving- 
dean Chapel was attended by Sir Neville 
and Lady Pearson and Mr. Nigel Pearson. 
The Reverend W. Taylor conducted 
the Service and Sir Neville read the 
Lesson, for which he selected Ecclesi- 
astes III, verses 1, 6, 7, 8; Ephesians VI, 
verse 12; Isaiah II, verses 1, 2, 4, 5, 9; and 
Ephesians VI, verses 13 and 23. The 
Address was given by Mr. J. Boyd, St. 
Dunstan's Southern Area Appeals Organ- 
iser, who will be retiring shortly. 
• • • 

On the morning of Friday, December 
9th, the thirty-ninth anniversary of Sir 
Arthur Pearson's death, a party consisting 
of First War St. Dunstaners A. Carrick, 
of London, N.W.8, and J. Murray, of 
New Southgate, and Second War St. 
Dunstaner F. Fulbrook, of Edgware, with 
Mr. A. D. Lloyds, Secretary of St. Dun- 
stan's, and Mr. H. Lean, went to Hampstead 
Cemetery where a wreath of poppies was 
placed on Sir Arthur's grave on behalf 
of war-blinded service men and women 
all over the world. 

Bookings for Holidays 

at Ovingdean, Northgate House 

and Port Hall 

St. Dunstaners who wish to book 
accommodation in the above Homes for a 
particular period during next Summer 
should apply to their Area Superintendents 
before January 21st, 1961, as the demand 
for beds is likely to be very great. Bookings 
received after that date will be allocated 
according to the fortnightly periods still 

Priority for accommodation at Oving- 
dean will continue to be granted to those 
St. Dunstaners whose holidays are fixed by 
their employers and their children will 
receive priority at Northgate House accord- 
ing to the length of the period which has 
elapsed since a holiday was last taken there. 
Other St. Dunstaners are asked to avoid 
the Industrial Fortnight if possible but 
remaining vacancies will, in any case be 
allocated by ballot. 

The following Homes will be closed for 
cleaning and Staff vacations as follows : — 

Northgate House. — 25th June to 17th July 

Port Ha/I.~ 19th August to 15th Septem- 
ber inclusive. 

Special Fortnights 

St. Dunstaners who wish to spend a 
holiday at Ovingdean at the same time as 
other trainees of their year may do so 
during the following periods: — ■ 

1940-1943 } 3rd J uly to 17th J uly - 

1917-1918\llth September to 25th Septem- 
1944-1945 Jber. 

1919-1920\ 1 , A . , 1K< , A/l 
19464947 j" 1 st May to 15th May - 

1948-1952 / 12th J une to 26th J une " 
C. D. Wills, 

Welfare Superintendent. 

Sound Broadcasting 

From The Times, November 28th, 1960: — 

To the Editor of The Times 

As Chairman of the British Wireless for 
the Blind Fund, I welcome Mr. Paul 
Sieghart's letter in your issue of November 
24th, supporting sound broadcasting. The 
wireless is the blind man's newspaper, 
theatre and magazine and, above all, his 
friend. At this time when official com- 
mittees are considering broadcasting gener- 
ally, I earnestly hope that the value of 
sound broadcasting to the 100,000 blind 
persons and a much larger number who 
do not see very well will not be overlooked. 

Yours faithfully, 
House of Lords. Fraser of Lonsdale. 

Make a Note of This for 
Christmas Day 

A number of St. Dunstaners are taking 
part in the programme, " Take Your Pick," 
to be broadcast from Radio Luxembourg 
on Christmas Day, at 8.30 p.m. 


London Club Notes 

Christmas greetings and good wishes 
for the New Year from the London Club 
to St. Dunstaners and their families every- 

S. Webster. 

Bridge. During the past year the Bridge 
Club have played their usual Saturday 
matches against visiting teams, the visitors 
winning seven games and St. Dunstan's 

We held our usual four Bridge Drives 
and I am glad to say were blessed with a 
full house each time, with an extra drive 
being sponsored by a lady who provided 
the prizes and a very nice tea — thank you 
very much, Miss Hensley! 

The Pairs Competition has been won by 
Paul Nuyens and Fred Matthewman, the 
runners-up being G. P. Brown and Roy 

On September 10th, eleven men left 
London to spend a Week at Harrogate. 
It was a wonderful week, although we 
were not as successful as last year with 
regard to the Cup competition, but we 
managed to get second place in the Pairs 
and third in the Teams of Four event. Of 
the three matches during the week we 
won two and lost one. Altogether a very 
pleasant week — organisation perfect, thanks 
to Mr. Willis. 

To Mrs. Willis, too, and her band of 
helpers, our thanks for the very fine way 
we have been looked after when it came 
to the turn of the inner man, and again 
our thanks to Mr. Willis, who has been 
a tower of strength to all of us throughout 
the year. 

St. Dunstan's Bridge Club held its 
Annual General Meeting at Ovingdean on 
Friday, November 18th. There was a very 
good attendance, Commandant was in the 
chair and everything went like a bell. 
G. P. Brown was re-elected captain and 
the remainder of the Committee was elected 
as follows: S. Webster, Treasurer; J. 
Fleming, H. Gover, and F. Jackson. 

The Club held its Annual Bridge Congress 
at Ovingdean on November 19th and 20th. 
The first round of the Sir Arthur Pearson 
Memorial Cup Pairs competition began on 
the Saturday morning, followed in the 
afternoon by the Team of Four competition; 

the Sunday saw the finals for the Pairs 
and a bridge drive in the afternoon. An 
innovation at this year's Congress was the 
Drummer Downs Memorial Cup. 

Matron graciously presented the prizes 
to the winners and our warm thanks go 
to her, and to Commandant and the Staff 
for all they did to make the week-end such 
a success. To Mr. A. E. Field and Mr. 
Cyril Stokes, our very sincere thanks for 
their great work. 

Results : 

Pairs: 1st, H. Costigan, A. Caldwell. 
2nd, H. Gover, P. Nuyens. 

Teams of Four: 1st, G. P. Brown, H. 
Crabtree, R. Armstrong, J. Fleming. 2nd, 
H. Gover, P. Nuyens, M. Delaney, G. 
Andrews. 3rd, ' Blodwen Simon, Violet 
Formstone, D. Gray, J. H. (Bubbles) Smith. 

Drummer Downs Memorial Cup : W. Bishop, 
Harry White. 


New Method of Printing Braille 

As many St. Dunstaners will have heard 
or read, the R.N.I.B. has announced that 
after several years of research and experi- 
ment, it has perfected a new method of 
printing braille which will substantially 
reduce production costs and increase out- 
put. Furthermore, because the dots are 
uncrushable and can be printed on thinner 
paper, the bulk of a braille volume will 
be reduced and, it is hoped, the braille 
itself will be read with greater ease by the 
great majority of readers. 

Until now, braille has been embossed 
on special manilla paper by distorting the 
fibres of the material to form hollow dots. 
The new method consists, briefly, of the 
baking on to the surface of a thin but 
strong paper, a solid dot of plastic ink. 

Some of the Institute's periodicals are 
already being printed in solid dot and in 
time they will all be. Later the method 
may be extended to the printing of books. 

Up to the time of going to press we have 
not yet had an opportunity of using the 
new process and therefore we must reserve 
judgment until we have done so. In the 
meantime we congratulate the R.N.I.B. in 
overcoming the many difficulties it must 
have encountered in bringing to perfection 
the " solid dot " form of embossing. 


A Christmas Competition 

In the following sentences two words 
are omitted. The two words are an 
Adjective and a Noun, and they are ana- 
grams of one another. (Thus, " His is not 
a spurious title; he is a REAL EARL."). 
The sentences have been constructed to 
give you a clue as to the appropriate words : 

1. Let us have a fresh yarn. What you 
have related are all 

2. The waist doesn't seem to fit properly. 
It does not appear to be the 

3. On this occasion such gaudy clothes 

are out of place. More 

should be worn. 

4. Instead of a nice airy, well-kept room, 
the professor prefers his 

5. "Alas ! Things might have been differ- 
ent," was his 

6. The boy should be encouraged in his 
bent, for undoubtedly he possesses 

7. His family are all of a very changeable 
disposition. In fact, he may be said 
to possess most 

There will be three prizes of three guineas 
for the senders of the first three correct 
solutions opened after the closing date, 
which is January 11th, 1961. Entries 
should be sent to the Editor, St. Dunstan's 
Review, 1 South Audley Street, London, 
W.l, and marked " Competition." 

A happy Christmas to everyone. 

Saint Dunstan 

In a letter to the Editor, John Martin, 
of London, W.ll, writes: "I am a very 
happy and grateful St. Dunstaner but I 
am ashamed to admit that I know absolutely 
nothing about the original St. Dunstan. 
I understand that there is a small church 
in London which bears the name of St. 
Dunstan but I do not know where it is. 
The name of St. Dunstan's is internationally 
known nowadays thanks to Sir Arthur 
Pearson and I think it would be refreshing 
for all St. Dunstaners to learn a bit about 
the original St. Dunstan. When was he 
born, when did he die, and why do we 
carry his name? I think that many of 
my fellow St. Dunstaners would be inter- 
ested to read a short biography of the old 
gentleman whose name we so proudly 

The Editor says : 

The short answer is that we bear the 
Saint's name only through circumstance — 
the fact that Sir Arthur Pearson began his 
work in a house called " St. Dunstan's " 
on the Outer Circle of Regent's Park. The 
house in its turn was called " St. Dunstan's " 
because in its grounds stood the famous 
clock which had been removed from out- 
side the Church of St. Dunstan-in-the-West 
in Fleet Street, in 1830, and, incidentally, 
is now back in its original position there. 
But although St. Dunstan's was not named 
after the Saint, interest in him is inevitable 
and here are some of the facts which are 
known about him. 

• • • 

St. Dunstan was Archbishop of Canter- 
bury for twenty-seven years — until 988. 
Before that he had been Bishop of Worces- 
ter, then Bishop of London. He was born 
near Glastonbury (it is said in Baltons- 
borough) and in the early days of his 
ordination lived in a small cell there only 
5ft. long and the height of a man. He 
enjoyed royal favour at court in the years 
940-945 and was made Abbot of Glaston- 
bury, but later fell from favour and from 
956-958 was in exile in Flanders. Upon 
his return to England he was appointed to 
the bishopric of Worcester. Whether in 
or out of favour, Dunstan was always a 
power in the land — historians have called 
him the " Good Angel of England." 

To quote from Flook's Life of St. Dunstan : 

" He did not neglect the poets, or the 
historians whether ancient or modern, and 
he especially devoted himself to arithmetic, 
geometry, astronomy and music. His man- 
ual skill as an artisan was equal to his 
intellectual power as a man of science and 
his taste as an artist. He spent much of 
his time in writing and illuminating books, 
and especially in the fabrication of orna- 
ments. He worked in gold and silver and 
even in copper and iron." 

It is not surprising, therefore, to find 
that the Goldsmiths' Company claim St. 
Dunstan as their Patron Saint. 

St. Dunstan is usually depicted in epis- 
copal robes holding a crosier (archbishop's 
cross) in his right hand and a pair of tongs 
or pincers in his left hand, obviously refer- 
ring to the legend that while working in 
his cell he was tempted by the devil, 
whereupon he turned and with his red-hot 
tongs, twisted the devil's nose. 


From All Quarters 

H. W. Greatrex, of Peacehaven, has been 
elected Chairman of the Sussex Branch 
of the Rural District Councils' Association. 

• • • 

R. F. Gray, of Dartford, has passed his 
final examination and is now a Graduate 
Associate of the Institute of Musical Instru- 
ment Technology. He began his studies 
for this degree only two years ago. He 
hopes to start employment very soon. 

• * • 

W. E. Lee, of Waterlooville, was awarded 
First Prize in the General Arts and Crafts 
Section of the Portsmouth Handicraft Show 
for a wool rug. 

• • • 

F. Fulbrook, of Edgware, won First 
and Second Prizes for late flowering 
chrysanthemums at Stanmore and District 
Chrysanthemum Show. 

• • • 

J. H. V. Davies, of Braunton, whose 
great hobby is singing, won two Second 
Class Certificates at the Devon and Exeter 
Musical Festival. 

• • • 

Tom Daborn, of Bexleyheath, took part 
in the Dover Three-Day Fishing Festival 
with this result — the prize for the heaviest 
(one-day) flat fish, the prize for the heaviest 
(three-day) flat fish and the prize for the 
greatest number of fish. Two hundred 
and thirty fishermen took part. And with 
a reconditioned rod, fishing recently off 
Dungeness, Tom hooked a fourteen-pound 
cod. * * * 

Our Canadian St. Dunstaner, E. O. Ridler 
and Mrs. Ridler, have recently arrived in this 
country from Oakville, Ontario, where 
their home is, and they intend to stay here 
for two or more years. They are now 
living in Paignton and have already made 
many friends there. 

• • • 

W. Christian and Mrs. Christian, of the 
Isle of Man, left on the M. V. Rangitafa on 
November 18th to visit their relatives in 
New Zealand. They will be away for about 
a year. 

• • • 

Lord and Lady Fraser are visiting South 
Africa and Basutoland to attend to his 
family business. 

They send a message of good wishes for 
Christmas and the New Year. 

What a Night! 

Mr. and Mrs. Les Constable, of Havant, 
attended the regimental reunion last month 
of the amalgamated 4th and 8th Hussars 
at the United Services Club in London, 
at which the principal guests were the Duke 
of Edinburgh and Sir Winston Churchill. 
At the informal get-together afterwards 
they were presented to His Royal Highness. 
Now let the Portsmouth Evening News, which 
devoted nearly a page to our St. Dunstan- 
er's story, take up the tale: 

" This was something which exceeded 
even Mrs. Constable's wildest dreams and 
because it seemed such a natural and 
informal gathering she could not help 
saying, as she shook hands with the 
Royal guest, ' This is something I've always 
wanted to do.' 

' Really,' exclaimed the Duke of Edin- 
burgh,' then let's do it again,' . . . and they 

It was a day — and a night — for the 
Constables to remember. The night before, 
Mr. Constable senior, had hurt his arm 
and it was feared that he would not be 
able to take over the shop, but he insisted, 
and so they set off for London at about 
four o'clock. All went well until they 
missed a turning at a roundabout and 
found themselves back at Hindhead. They 
eventually reached Hyde Park Corner but 
were three times wrongly directed and it 
was ten minutes to eight when they were 
eventually ushered into the hall of the Club, 
only for Mrs. Constable to find something 
wrong with her dress. However, a seem- 
ingly composed lady went in on the arm 
of her husband to take her place at the 
dinner, and speaking to the Duke, said 
Mrs. Constable, " made up for everything." 

But their troubles were not quite over. 
" To cap the lot," says Les, " we had a 
burst tyre on the way home," and about 
two in the morning near Petersfield, Mrs. 
Constable, in evening dress and fur coat, 
was holding an umbrella over her husband 
as he changed a wheel. 

They are still laughing at the events of 
that night. 

Great Grandfather 

A. Collings, of Worthing. 


E. G. Povey, of Southampton; K. Ward, 
of Winchester (two grandsons). 


Day by Day 


Our house looked like a rest centre for 
flood victims. The hall was full of small 
pairs of Wellingtons, mackintoshes and 
various denominations of shoes crammed 
into shopping baskets. There was another 
basket full of apples. We had eleven 
children to tea for the Annual Bonfire 

November 5th is celebrated in a big way 
here. For weeks beforehand a big bonfire 
begins to take shape on the village green. 
This is a great opportunity to get rid of 
garden rubbish. Nowadays, in the age of 
affluence, it is a little startling to find chairs, 
beds and even a mahogany sideboard put 
out to feed the flames. I am happy to report 
that the mahogany sideboard disappeared 
during the night. 

The celebrations began with a procession 
which followed a now traditional route. 
There were about sixty torch-bearers, all 
wearing fancy dress. A couple of cave 
men who could hardly have heard of Guy 
Fawkes looked cold in rather flimsy skins. 
The procession was led by Guy Fawkes, in 
a tall black hat and conspiratorial-looking 
cloak. The more than life-size effigy, 
wearing a light mackintosh and gumboots, 
was carried after him. When the torch- 
bearers reached the bonfire they circled 
it ceremoniously, while the guy was 
carried to the top, then threw their torches 
into the pyre, which burst magnificently 
into flames. 

Once the bonfire was alight it was time 
for the official fireworks display. Since 
this was in aid of charity, helpers in fancy 
dress mingled amongst the crowd with 
collecting boxes. The church was flood- 
lit, then from different corners of the green, 
Greek Fire lit up the houses with gold, 
green, red and blue light. 

After the official fireworks display, the 
celebrations began to get somewhat out 
of hand. Private stores of fireworks were 
let off and one lady had her hair singed. 

Old people complain that things ain't 
what they used to be, and perhaps they are 
right, for as the evening drew on, teddy- 
boys from the local towns began to take 
the upper hand. There was a brawl on 
the green and the police had to be brought 
in. A good deal of damage was done in 

one of the pubs. The celebrations con- 
tinued well into the night, but gradually 
the bangs and singing became more spora- 
dic. Next morning the green looked rather 
like a room that ha? not been cleared up 
after a party, but very soon it was back 
to normal. 

I wonder how many people had the 
faintest idea what they were celebrating? 
There is a strange mixture of ritual in the 
way we celebrate the events of the past. 
One can almost sense, even amongst the 
motor coaches and teddy boys, some linger- 
ing hang-over from prehistoric mysteries, 
of witchcraft and of superstitions not quite 

This week we had the Village Concert 
and on Sunday we celebrated once again 
Remembrance Day. Although I started 
early for church, the British Legion 
was already marching briskly down the 
road. In an attempt to get there first, I 
raced across the green in my chair, but in 
spite of that we both arrived at the same 
moment. I heard them halt smartly. The 
west door of the church was flung ceremon- 
iously open and with a timely heave from a 
standard bearer I reached my nook under- 
neath the pulpit. 

The service is always moving, but especi- 
ally so in a small community. The hymns 
may be unvarying but they seem right, 
and the sentiments we feel are no less true 
for being perennial. 

Soon it will be Advent. The year enters 
its quiet twilight period before Christmas. 
The fallen leaves will soon be laced with 
frost and crackling underfoot in the woods. 
For me this is the best time of the year. 
John Griffin, 
Brockham Green. 

Well Done! 

The Model Engineer magazine, in its issue 
of December 8th, carried a two-page article 
by George Fallowfield describing the build- 
ing and completion of his model paddle 
steamer, " Pandora," which he began 
thirty years ago. The length of "Pandora's" 
hull is forty-eight inches. Three excellent 
photographs of George with his model 
accompanied the article. " Pandora " is 
a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and a 
tribute to George's immense patience and 


What a Coincidence! 

Miss Betty Vaughan-Davies writes : — 

In the September issue of the Review 
you mentioned coincidences. I wonder if 
the following three will be of interest. 

Some older St. Dunstaners may remember 
" Yorkie " Ulyatt who died in 1932 — a very 
loquacious laddie. One day a new man 
arrived and I introduced him to the rest of 
the lads in the lounge. The newcomer — 
Edward Storey — remarked on the unusual 
name — Ulyatt. I left them to become 
acquainted and in a few moments " Yorkie " 
called out, " Hi, Sister. I know this lad. He 
used to work for my father — and now I 
will leave you for HIM to tell you all 
about ME! " 

Some little time later F. Martin arrived 
and, as usual, was introduced all round. 
In a few moments John Plunkett called 
out in his cockney voice, " Sister, you've 
done a nice thing — you've introduced me 
to an old school pal." 

An even more remarkable coincidence 
was in 1943 when Jean Lasowski came to 
the Blackpool Home. One Sunday morn- 
ing he went with Sister MacCarthy to the 
Roman Catholic Church on Lytham Road. 
Jean had a thirst and asked to be taken to 
the Polish Club for a drink. He suggested 
that Sister Mac placed his hand on the 
nearest shoulder and he would do the talk- 
ing. The " nearest shoulder " was that 
of a huge fellow, a Polish airman, who for 
a moment thought he was seeing a ghost. 
He had fought his way through the enemy 
carrying Jean on his shoulder. His friends 
were all quite sure that Jean was dead. 
This meeting brought many Polish airmen 
to the Blackpool Home to visit Jean. 

When the Old Guards Meet 

It happened in August, 1959. I was 
sitting in my wheel chair in the lounge at 
Ovingdean when a Sister asked me, " did 
I know Ted Garthwaite?" Did I not! 
It was thirty-nine years since we had met. 
Then there was Charlie Dennison whom I 
met in October, 1920, who first took me 
in hand and taught me the ropes when I 
joined the College. That was forty years 

I was very pleased to meet them and to 
swop yarns, Sister doing the writing. 
They are both good Yorkies, and very 
good pals. 

Joe Jordan, 
Lusfon, nr. Leominster. 

Ovingdean Notes 

The Commandant, Matrons and Staff at 
all the Brighton Homes send warm greetings 
to St. Dunstaners throughout the country 
and wish them a very happy Christmas 
and New Year. 

At Ovingdean we shall this week be 
saying goodbye to the trainees for the 
Christmas holiday and then get ready to 
welcome the large number of St. Dunstaners 
from all parts expected here for Christmas. 
We hear, too, that there will be a number 
of the girls at Port Hall and children at 
Northgate House. We shall look forward 
to welcoming also a number of local St. 
Dunstaners for one or other of the enter- 
tainments which are being arranged at 
Ovingdean. Don't forget the Staff Show 
on Christmas Eve and the Fancy Dress 
Dance on Boxing Day! 

During December, as has been our 
practice for several years, we have sent 
donations from our Chapel Collection to 
several local Charities. This year we have 
sent £15 each to the Brighton & Hove 
Girls' Orphanage, The Tarner Home and 
St. Matthew's Church Old People's Com- 
forts Fund. 

Helping the Disabled 

S. C. Tarry, m.b.e., of Wandsworth, was 
Chairman of the Committee responsible for 
organising an admirable exhibition of goods 
made by severely disabled ex-servicemen 
which was opened last month by Lord 

Although now retired after forty years 
in practice as a physiotherapist, Mr. Tarry 
is continuing his active voluntary work 
in the district as Chairman of the Wands- 
worth War Pensions Committee and Presi- 
dent of the Wandsworth (North) Branch 
of the British Legion. 

The opening of the Exhibition, which was 
held at Messrs. Arding and Hobbs' store 
at Lavender Hill, was also attended by the 
Mayor and Mayoress of Battersea, the 
Mayor and Mayoress of Wandsworth, and 
three old Parliamentary friends of Lord 
Fraser— the Rt. Hon. Douglas Jay, p.c, m.p., 
Mr. E. Partridge, c.b.e., m.p. and Mr. 
Hughes Young, m.c, m.p. 
• • • 

The Liverpool Club send to all St. 
Dunstaners and their families a sincere 
good wish for a Merry Christmas and a 
prosperous New Year. 

T. Milner. 


Church Stretton Revisited 

Arthur Finney, of Southport, who is 
North-West Appeals Organiser for the 
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, 
recently visited Church Stretton to address 
a Women's Institute meeting there. We 
think his report of his visit, and the three 
prize-winning poems on Church Stretton 
by members of the W.I. which appear 
on this page, will bring back many memories 
to those whose first experience of St. 
Dunstan's was at Longmynd. 

"Although there has been some building 
on the outskirts, I found the village 
virtually unchanged. The Hotel is just 
the same as it was in 1945, although the 
management has changed three or four 
times since Miss Bulley's day. Old Mr. 
Price, the head waiter, died two or three 
years ago, and the only original member 
of the staff who is still there is the old 
gardener who has been there for some 
thirty-five years. 

The hotel bar which many St. Dunstaners 
will remember has been extended but the 
general layout is unchanged. Several St. 
Dunstaners still spend Christmas and Easter 
there and all of us who were at any time 
at Stretton are still remembered by many 
of the customers — for example, Mr. Black, 
now Councillor Black, who looked after 
all the radio sets, and Mr. Hall, who taught 
engineering and capstan lathe work. Miss 
Law, too, is still living in the village. 

The shops seem to be very much the 
same and the two Bolton boys who used 
to take some of us out are now running 
the local greengrocers. 

The two outstanding memories on the 
part of the people of Stretton seems to be 
of St. Dunstaners rushing about all over 
the place on tandem cycles with V.A.D.'s 
(Lady Buckmaster is particularly remember- 
ed in the village in this connection) and 
the independence of those who lived at 
the Longmynd in that after leaving the 
" local " at night, they refused to be taken 
any farther than the wire hand-rail leading 
up to it. 

There is one big change which I am 
sure all St. Dunstaners will be sorry to 
hear about. The wonderful tea-house run 
by the three elderly sisters at Chelmick 
is no more. Two of the sisters are dead 
and the cottage was destroyed by fire 

some years ago. However, the brother 
still has a stall in the Stretton Market." 

My Village 

There, where a line of trees still stands, the last 
Romans paved Watling Street along the dale. 
On that near hill the Saxon huts were ringed — ■ 
And down amongst once feudal fields the pale 
Outline, bleached in the summer grass, of small 
Tost village homes, ra^ed by the casual gale 
Of local war, is seen. Now we live here — 
Half-timber, brick or stone repeat the tale 
Of country life — within each house we filav 
Our patterned parts mechanical and fail 
To feel the comfort of our lot thus cast; 
Surrounded and companioned by our past. 
Miss R. Whateley, 

All Stretton. 

So quiet it lies, so peaceful it atpears — 
The lichened roofs, the mellowed stones, the walls 
That shelter homely joys and grief and fears , 
Drowse in the golden light that o'er them falls. 

There hides the church-tower 'mid the shadowing 

There are the cottage gardens, gay ivith flowers. 
In heavy-scented limes the murmurous bees 
Drone through the afternoon's long languid hours. 

No more I'll tread its ways 'neath leay shade, 
Nor watch the Seasons gently change its face, 
Yet from my mind this scene will never fade, 
Nor will my heart forget this tranquil place. 
Mrs. G. W. Hesbrook, 

Church Stretton. 

The speeding train draws near to journey's end, 
And leaves the reeking chimneys far behind, 
I turn my face towards the western hills; 
My heart recalls the welcome it will find. 
In city streets the crowds surge to and fro, 
The skies are hid, the noise torments the ear, 
And there, I walk along, anonymous. 
The hills enfold the village I hold dear, 
The people there are forthright, wise and kind, 
They have a treasure money cannot buv 
For they lift their eyes unto the hills, 
The lovely line of hills against the sfa<. 

Mrs. B. M. Galloway, 

All Stretton. 

To Chess Players 

A St. Dunstaner, resident in Waterloo- 
ville, Hampshire, is anxious to contact 
other St. Dunstaners in the area who are 
keen chess players. Anyone prepared to 
give him an occasional game should write 
to Mr. Willis at Headquarters. 



Family News 

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Payne, Cardiff, tell 
us that their son living in Tasmania has 
obtained his B.A. Degree after three years 
at Hobart University. 

• • • 

The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Medway, of 
London, W.4, has become a Fellow of the 
Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology. 

• • • 

S. Sephton's son is in Canada and our 
St. Dunstaner has heard from him that he 
has been promoted to Chief Engineer at 
the mine where he works. He has been 
responsible for designing and installing an 
air-heating machine for the mine. He has 
been with his firm only three and a half 

• • • 

Patricia Goding, Weeke, Winchester, has 
won the Bronze Medal of the Amateur 
Swimming Association for the 100 yards 
free style. 

• • • 

Four swimming certificates for John 
Blundell, of Liverpool, who is also goal- 
keeper for his school's "A" team. 

• • • 

Christine Carney, Dunstable, has passed 
her Red Cross Examination, Parts 1 and 2, 
in First Aid, Mothercraft and Home Nurs- 
ing, and has been presented with the Pro- 
ficiency Grand Medal by the Duchess of 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

On June 4th, Clifford Robinson, Ayles- 
bury, to Dilys Jones. 

Joan Trevilion, daughter of our late 
St. Dunstaner and Mrs. Trevilion, of 
Eastbourne, was married in October. 

The Gang Show 

A party of St. Dunstaners from the 
London area, and their wives and escorts, 
had a most enjoyable evening's entertain- 
ment at the Golders Green Hippodrome 
on Tuesday, November 29th, at a perform- 
ance of " The Gang Show." 

The outing was arranged by Mr. G. D. 
Cheeseman and his associates in the Grati- 
tude Club and tickets were provided free 
of charge. All who attended said what a 
wonderful evening they had and wish to 
thank the organisers for all they did to 
make it possible. 


Holland. — On November 14th, to the 
wife of G. Holland, of Newton Abbott, 
a son — Jeremy. 

Hullock — On December 10th, to the wife 
of W. I. Hullock, of Rhuddlan, a son. 


Tomporows ki — Robaczews ka. — On Dec- 
ember 4th, our Polish St. Dunstaner, 
Bronislaw Tomporowski, of Wolver- 
hampton, to Miss Elizabeth Robaczewska. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 

following : 

Abrahams. — To S. J. Abrahams, of Liver- 
pool, whose wife died on December 3rd. 

Dickinson. — To T. Dickinson, of North 
Moulsecombe, Brighton, whose wife died 
on November 30th. 

Dickinson. — To H. L. Dickinson, of 
Southport, whose eldest brother died on 
December 3rd. 

Lowings. — -To W. Lowings, of Chandlers 
Ford, who lost his wife on November 

MattheWx\ian. — -To F. Matthewman, of 
Northampton, and Mrs. Matthewman, in 
a double bereavement. Our St. Dun- 
staner has lost his uncle and Mrs. Mat- 
thewman's mother has also died. 

Paddick. — To C. Paddick, of East Barnet, 
whose father died on August 27th. 

Price. — -To L. Price, of Upton Park, whose 
mother died on November 4th, after a 
long illness. She had lived with Mr. and 
Mrs. Price. 

Golden Wedding 

Many congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
H. Cobley ,of South Molton, who celebrated 
their Golden Wedding on November 23rd. 

Ruby Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. V. Alderson, of Baildon, 
September 20th; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Morgan, 
of Greenford, November 20th. Warm 

Silver Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. A. (" Mickey ") Robinson, 
of Aylesbury, September 29th, 1959 (we 
have only just been informed) ; Mr. and Mrs. 
E. O. Ridler, lately of Ontario but at 
present of Paignton, October 24th. 



Miss Marjorie Reynolds 

Early St. Dunstaners will hear with deep 
regret of the death on November 29th of 
Miss Marjorie Reynolds. 

Miss Reynolds joined St. Dunstan's as 
a V.A.D. in 1915 and remained with us for 
eighteen years, for much of that time as 
a Braille Teacher. She resigned in January, 
1934, on account of ill-health but always 

retained the keenest interest in St. Dunstan's 
and, indeed, was still in touch with a 
number of St. Dunstaners at the time of 
her death. 

A wreath was sent for the funeral " in 
affectionate remembrance from her friends 
at St. Dunstan's." Mr. and Mrs. W. Lacey, 
of Edmonton, who had visited Miss Rey- 
nolds for many years, were among those 
who attended the funeral. 

Jilt M-ZtttOVlf' {continued from page 12) 

Corporal Eugene Joseph Kift, Queen's Royal West Surreys 
With deep regret we have to record the death of E. J. Kift, of West Norwood. He was 67. 
He enlisted at the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war and was discharged from the Army in December, 
1918, but it was not until May, 1955, that he came to us. His age and health ruled out any serious training 
but he was given hobby training. Another great source of interest to him was the local Darby and Joan 
Club where he and Mrs. Kift were most popular members. Although his poor health forced him to take things 
very quietly, his death on November 23rd was nevertheless sudden and unexpected. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Kift and to our St. Dunstaner's son by his first marriage. 

Private Robert Patterson, 4th Bn. Black Watch 

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of R. Patterson, of London, N.W.10. Blinded 
at Dunkirk, he is believed to have been the first lad blinded on active service in the Second World War and was 
among the first to come to St. Dunstan's. He was 42. 

Enlisting in July, 1939, Bob entered St. Dunstan's in July, 1940, and originally trained as a poultry 
farmer. However, war-time conditions later ruled this out and he took re-training at Church Stretton, later 
to become a router operator in a factory. In 1948 he changed to a pen factory where he remained until a few 
months ago. He was admitted to hospital in October, but was discharged knowing that he was seriously 
ill. His death came very suddenly on December 4th. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Patterson in her bereavement. 

Private George Thomas Pinner, 7th East Surreys 

With deep regret we record the death of G. T. Pinner, of Widcombe, Bath. He died within a few 
days of his seventy-seventh birthday. 

He enlisted in September, 1915, and was discharged from the Army the following year, coming to 
St. Dunstan's at once. He trained as a mat-maker and worked at this craft until 1950 when his increasingly 
poor health compelled him to give up. He had been a semi-invalid for several years. He passed away on 
November 13th. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to his children, all of whom have cared for him constantly. Latterly 
he had lived at Widcombe with his son, Basil, and his wife. 

Gunner Ernest Vivian Saunders, Royal Garrison Artillery 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of E. V. Saunders, of Pearson House, but later of 

Southampton. He was 71. 

He served from March, 1915, until February, 1919, but it was not until June, 1958, that he entered 

St. Dunstan's when, owing to his age and the state of his health, he did not undertake any training. His 

health had gradually deteriorated and he entered Pearson House a few months ago. He died on November 

10th and was laid to rest with his wife at Southampton. 

He leaves a sister and a nephew (he had been living with the latter), to whom we send our sincere 


Private William Morton Williamson, 17th Manchester Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death at Pearson House of W. M. Williamson, of Denton, Manchester. 

He died at the age of 78 on November 28th, only three weeks after the death of his wife. They had celebrated 

their Golden Wedding this year. 

He served from 1916 until 1917 and was wounded at Arras, coming to St. Dunstan's the following 

year. He was a poultry farmer until 1925 when he went over to basket work. An expert in his craft, he carried 

this on until 1953 until his age compelled him to give up. 
We send our deep sympathy to all relatives. 

Sapper Edgar Wilson, Royal Engineers 

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Edgar Wilson, of Keighley. He died in 
hospital on November 10th, at the age of 69. 

After serving from 1914, he was gassed in France. He was not discharged until 1918 and it was 
only recently that his sight deteriorated. He came to St. Dunstan's as recently as May of this year when owing 
to his age and ill-health, no training could be contemplated. He was, however, able to spend one happy 
holiday at Pearson House and was looking forward to becoming a permanent resident there. 

He was a bachelor and our sincere sympathy is sent to his relatives. 



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Boy Alfred William Back, Royal Navy 

We record with deep regret the death of A. W. Back, of Shaldon, near Teignmouth, at the age of 61. 

Enlisting in April, 1915, he was discharged the following year and in August, 1916, came to St. 
Dunstan's where he trained in netting, mat-making and boot repairing. He carried on working as a mat-maker 
from that time until within a few months of his death, which occurred on No ember 27th. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family, to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Private Ernest Beckham, 7th Canadian 

With deep regret we record the death of E. Beckham, a Canadian St. Dunstaner who had 
recently come to live at Rottingdean. He died on November 21st, within a month of his 80th birthday. 

He served from January, 1916, until September, 1919, but he had already been admitted to St. 
Dunstan's in March, 1918, where he trained in netting and basket-making. In February, 1937, he decided to 
settle in England but in fact went back to Canada in October, 1947. He lost his wife at the beginning of 
this year and in April came back to England, leaving his daughter in Canada. It was arranged that he should 
spend a prolonged holiday at Ovingdean in November, but he died suddenly a few days before. 

Our sincere sympathy is sent to his daughter in Canada and other relatives there, to his sister in 
London, who is herself 93, and his niece and other members of his family. 

Private Frederick Thomas Dance, 7th Labour Corps 
We have to record with deep regret the death of F. T. Dance, of Stocking Pelham, near Buntingford. 
He was 79. 

Enlisting in December, 1917, he left the Army the following year and came to St. Dunstan's in 
September, 1919. He trained in mat-making and boot repairing and did this work for some years; then he 
carried on with wool rug-making. Since the death of his wife in 1954 he had lived with various members 
of his family, in the past year or so with his son and daughter-in-law. A few weeks ago he had a fall and he 
entered Pearson House for a period of convalescence, but unhappily his health gradually deteriorated and he 
died on December 8th. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his sons and daughters. 

Private Michael Doyle, 2ndj5th Manchesters 

We record with deep regret the death of M. Doyle, of Worthing, at the age of 71. 

He served from February, 1916, until March, 1918, coming to St. Dunstan's immediately, where he 
trained as a masseur. He gave this work up in 1937 to re -train as a telephonist and he continued with this 
work until the early part of 1948 when he retired. 

He leaves a widow and son and daughter, to whom our deep sympathy goes. Mrs. Doyle, who was 
a V.A.D. at St. Dunstan's, is herself almost blind. 

Sergeant Patrick Norman Leo Gunter, Queen's Royal Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death on December 3rd of P. N. L. Gunter, at one time 
of London, S.E.3, but since 1957 a permanent resident at Ovingdean and Pearson House. He was only forty 
years old. 

Enlisting the week before war was declared in 1939, he served until March, 1946, but did not come 
to us until May, 1956. His health then was extremely poor and after hospital treatment he became a resident 
at Ovingdean and later at Pearson House. 

Our very sincere sympathy is extended to his mother and brother. 

Private Alfred Edward Harrington, 2nd Bn. Royal Scots 

We record with deep regret the death of A. E. Harrington, of Thundersley, Essex. He was 61. 

His war service was from November, 1916, until October, 1919, but it was not until September, 
of this year that he entered St. Dunstan's, when he was so ill that even hobby training was out of the question. 
He died only two months later, on November 28th. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to his widow and her son and daughter. 

Private Arthur W. Hurrell, Labour Corps 

It is with deep regret that we record the death on November 22nd of A. W. Hurrell, of Broadstairs. 
He was 71. 

He served with the Army from September, 1916, until January, 1919, and came to St. Dunstan's 
in February, 1932. He trained in telephony but in 1933 took a job as a shorthand typist until the following 
year, when he was able to take over a switchboard. This work he continued until his retirement in July, 1954. 
Since then he had lived quietly and happily at Broadstairs, his health only beginning to deteriorate during the 
last year. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Hurrell and her daughter. 

(continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 488— Volume XLV 

JANUARY, 1961 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan'i Mbn 


BLINDNESS handicaps a man in many ways, the most familiar of which are in the matter 
of moving around and reading. Loneliness is a condition that may affect all men and 
women from time to time bvt I think that it offers a special problem for the blind 
because it is not so easy to avoid it or deal with it without sight. For example, loneliness 
may arise from the physical difficulty of moving about freely, as when a man sits alone, 
unable to go out and meet his friends at the club or the pub, or even walk around his garden 
and pass the time of day with his neighbour. Here the handicap of relative immobility 
aggravates the handicap of loneliness and so the cure for the former may be the cure for the 

But not all of us can move around easily, 

Some are too ill, some too old and some too 

I dwell upon this matter of loneliness because I think in some ways it can be a source of 
considerable unhappiness. 

Psychologists tell us that some of us are introverts and some extroverts. The Concise 
Oxford Dictionary says that an introvert is a person given to " turning his mind inwards upon 
itself," and an extrovert is, of course, the opposite. 

The introvert also has his social disability which is that of being unable to make friends 
easily or talk freely about the weather, the news and the day-to-day happenings around him. 
He is apt to sit alone, say " yes " or " no " to a question — perhaps because he is shy or 
perhaps because he is idle and won't pull himself together. It takes two to make a conversa- 
tion and often the opening gambit, " This is pretty awful weather, isn't it? " is not really a 
comment on the weather but just an opening for a conversation which may lead to perhaps 
an hour's pleasure and perhaps even to a friendship. Sometimes the introvert says, " Nobody 
ever talks to me. They seem to pick on one or two others and get on well with them, but 
they don't take any notice of me." This is probably very unfair on " they," whoever they 
may be, and if you could get inside the mind of " they," you would probably find that they 
would say, " Old so-and-so's a pretty dour fellow. You can't get anything out of him." 
Such persons are often unhappy and while I am not prepared to say it's their own fault, I 
think the cure will lie to some extent in their own hands. If you don't lead a conversation 
on, then it dries up and presently the person who started it will leave you alone and you may 
be sorry for yourself and lonely. 


There are other physical ways in which blindness makes contact with fellow human beings 
more difficult. - The use of the eyes is such an easy way of exchanging a greeting as you pass 
in a room or in the street, and if you are blind you cannot nod or smile or pass a message 
with, your eyes simply because you don't see. There are two lessons to be drawn from this. 
One is that all those who can see and are in touch with the blind should speak as they pass. 
"Hallo, Tommy. This is Matron. How are you this morning?" Or, "Hallo, Joe. 
What are you backing in the 2.30 ? " are obvious examples. If the answer is merely, " Hallo," 
or the name of the horse, you don't get much further, but if you care to you can make this 
the beginning of a talk which may last a few seconds or many minutes, and may lead on to 

It's easy for the extroverts, who can't help bubbling over and who talk nonsense easily, 
but it's hard for the introverts, and they are the ones who should give this subject some thought. 

Incidentally, thinking is one of the exercises which the blind can undertake without any 
handicap and I suggest it's worthwhile thinking about this matter of loneliness so as to 
establish a technique for avoiding it. But we musn't let thinking shut ourselves in, when 
it becomes brooding. 

Some may disagree with some of my observations, but at least I hope I will be credited 
with having written them to try and help some of my friends in the pursuit of happiness. 


Royal Tournament and 
Trooping the Colour Ceremony 

St. Dunstaners are reminded that we 
usually receive a few complimentary tickets 
for the Royal Tournament and Trooping 
the Colour Ceremony, which takes place 
in June each year. 

Anyone wishing to attend either of these 
well-known events should apply to my 
secretary at Headquarters before March 31st 
next. If there are insufficient tickets to 
meet the demand, a ballot will be held to 
decide distribution, after priority has been 
given to persons who have not attended 
either functions previously. The tickets 
for the Royal Tournament are usually for 
the Private View, which is held on a 
Tuesday afternoon. 

• • • 

Later in the year we usually receive a 
few tickets for the Festival of Remembrance 
at the Royal Albert Hall, and St. Dunstaners 
who have not attended this impressive 
display before are invited to apply for 
tickets as above. Again the allocation 
will be by ballot if there are insufficient 
tickets to go round. 

C. D. Wills, 
Welfare Superintendent. 

"World Without Shadow" 

St. Dunstan's film of this name can be 
seen at the Scala Picture House, Ilkeston, 
Derbyshire, from Thursday, February 2nd, 
for three days. 

The Honours List 

St. Dunstaners will be delighted at the 
honour of Knighthood conferred by Her 
Majesty the Queen upon Mr. T. F. Lister, 
c.b.e., ' for services to the British Legion.' 
Mr. Lister has served as a member of St. 
Dunstan's Council since 1953, having been 
nominated by the British Legion to repre- 
sent it on our Council following the death 
of Captain William Appleby. 

• • • 

Another award which will give pleasure 
is that of the m.b.e. to Mr. Leslie S. Pinder, 
Chief Engineer of the Nuffield Talking 
Book Library for the Blind since 1936. 

Result of Christmas Competition 

This competition proved very popular. 
It will be remembered that seven sets of 
two words had to be found which were 
anagrams of each other. The correct 
solution was: 







The first three correct solutions opened 

were from W. Seymour, of Saltdean; E. L. 
Gray, of Romford; and George Rowley, 
of Canterbury, who each receive three 


London Club Notes 

Christmas Party. Prize presentations 
started our Christmas Party on December 
20th, 1960. Mrs. A. D. Lloyds made 
the presentations. Gifts were also made 
to Mr. and Mrs. " Bob " Willis with sincere 
thanks from all members for their hard 
work and interest. This was followed by 
a lovely tea, served by wives cf St. Dunstan- 
ers and Mrs. Willis. After tea our very 
good friend, Mr. Jacques Brown, provided 
us with a most enjoyable show. The Four 
Maple Leaves sang many songs in which 
everyone joined, " Tollefson " with his 
wonderful piano accordion provided his 
usual grand performance which is always 
very much appreciated, then that cheeky 
chappy, John Blythe, with many saucy 
stories, and last but not leas* - , the pianist, 
Mrs. M. Earl, who never seems to get tired 
of playing the many requests called for. 

Mr. Willis acted as Father Christmas and 
gave the men a gift. Mrs. Webster and 
Mrs. Harding gave the ladies a gift. 

Our sincere thanks to everyone for all 
the work involved, which was appreciated 
by all. A grand evening and company. 
Bill Harding. 

Brighton Club Notes 

There were thirty St. Dunstaners present 
at the A.G.M. on Thursday, December 8th. 
The Chairman opened the meeting by 
thanking all those who had contributed 
to the smooth running of the Club during 
1960, special reference being made to Mrs. 
Griffiths, who raised well over £15 with 
the monthly Club raffles. The report on 
finances was read and unanimously ap- 
proved. The election of the Committee 
resulted as follows: Chairman, F. Rhodes; 
Vice-Chair man, J. Walch; with Messrs. 
Kelk, Martin and Pike. Mr. Griffiths 
having expressed his wish to stand down, 
Mr. Kelk was elected in his place. 

Matron Ramshaw kindly paid us a visit 
and presented the prizes, after which Mrs. 
Walch, with a charming little speech, 
presented Matron with a spray of flowers. 
Frank A. Rhodes. 

Silver Weddings 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. R. 
Goodhead, of Sheffield, and to Mr. and 
Mrs. M. Leigh, of Warrington, whose 
Silver Wedding anniversary was on Boxing 

News From All Quarters 

On Remembrance Sunday, a Tablet was 
unveiled on the War Memorial in Armley 
Park, Leeds, and our St. Dunstaner, Ernest 
Russell, performed the ceremony. The 
invitation to attend the ceremony, which 
was issued by the British Legion Armley 
and Wortley Branch, ended with these 
words: "Mr. Ernest Russell is doing us 
the honour of unveiling the Tablet and we 
can't think of anyone more suited to fulfil 
this task." 

A welcome visitor to Britain is J. E. 
(Jimmy) Ellis, of Cape Town, who with 
Mrs. Ellis and their two children, arrived 
in this country on December 23rd for a 
five-weeks' stay. They would like to see 
or hear from as many old friends as possible, 
but time is now very short (they leave 
on the return journey on January 31st); 
until then their address will be 119 
Gloucester Place, London, N.W.I, and 
their telephone number, WELbeck 3401. 

Jimmy is now Public Relations Officer 
to the South African National Council for 
the Blind and in the course of his work 
travels alone more than 20,000 miles during 
the year. 

S. W. Wain, of Pearson House, who is, 
we think, our oldest St. Dunstaner, was 92 
on January 5th. The occasion was cele- 
brated by a special birthday tea and an 
article (and photograph) in the Brighton and 
Hove Herald. 

When the Archbishop of York recently 
took a dedication service in M. Goundrill's 
church at Keyingham, he complimented 
our St. Dunstaner on his singing. Mark 
has sung in the church choir for many years 
as a tenor. 

W. I. Hullock, of Rhuddlan, was highly 
commended for his work in the Chester 
Arts and Crafts Exhibition held recently. 

H. Bridgeman, of Allenton, Derby, has 
been elected to the Committee of Allenton 
British Legion for the sixth year. 


I .. to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

Talking of coincidences, I had been 
writing about our railways prior to 1914, 
chiefly about the colours of the engines 
and coaches and referring to Mr. Stroudley's 
yellow engines on the old London, Brighton 
and South Coast Railway. I also mentioned 
there is a model of one in the Brighton 
Museum (or was). 

Next morning came a letter from Australia, 
from a man who emigrated before the 
First War. He went on to describe his 
railway journey across Australia to visit 
his son and ended, " What is the old 
Brighton line like these days, George? 
Tell me something about it." 

The next morning came Nuggets, and the 
first article was, " L.B.S.C.R." 

Next evening my wife settled down to 
read me an ink-written letter from a friend 
and believe it or not, he plunged into his 
views on British Railways! 

Yours sincerely, 
George Fallowfield, 

Another Story of St. Dunstan 

Still speaking of coincidences, following 
our article on St. Dunstan in last month's 
Review, we came across the following 
extract from the Brighton and Hove Herald of 
September 17th, 1960: 

Hove's Goldstone 

"Puzzled" writes: "Some months ago 
a short paragraph appeared in your paper 
concerning the death of the last of the 
family of the ' late William Hollamby, a 
former Hove Councillor and the discoverer 
of the Goldstone.' What is the Goldstone ? 

Well, it is a large mass of yellowish rock 
and gives its name to the Goldstone district 
of Hove. According to one legend it was 
thrown there by the devil in anger when 
frustrated by St. Dunstan in his efforts 
to flood the Weald by extending the Devil's 

At any rate, the first record of it is on 
a farm owned by a Mr. Rigden, which 
included what is now Brighton and Hove 
Albion's Goldstone Ground and Hove 
railway goods yard. Farmer Rigden be- 
came very annoyed by repeated visits from 
archaeologists and well over a century ago 
had the stone buried on his land. 

It remained buried for over sixty years. 
Then there was a local agitation about the 
end of the last century for it to be recovered. 
Mr. Hollamby was the only person then 
living who remembered where it had been 
buried and through his assistance it was 
discovered on what is now the Hove goods 
yard. It was dug up again in 1906 and 
placed in the newly-opened Hove Park, 
where it remains until this day — at the 
South-West corner, near Old Shoreham 

Strange to think of Saint Dunstan making 
his presence felt all those hundreds of years 
ago where one day " St. Dunstan's " was 
to be a household word. 

Straight from the Shoulder 

" Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes " — " I 
fear the Greeks even when they are bringing 

Father Thomas J. Carroll, National 
Chaplain of the Blinded Veterans Associa- 
tion of the United States, adapted the old 
schoolboy tag to push home his point in 
his address to the recent 5th Annual 
Convention in Boston, Mass. Commander 
R. C. B. Buckley, g.m., was attending as 
St. Dunstan's representative and it is at his 
suggestion that we are printing Father 
Carroll's forthright words, which impressed 
him so greatly at the Convention. 

" Timeo typhlophiles et dona ferentes " 
— " I fear the ' lovers of the blind ' even 
when they are bringing gifts." 

" The typhlophiles," said Father Carroll, 
" the ' lovers of the blind ' . . . the well- 
intentioned . . . the do-gooders . . . and 
all of those who out of their inner need, 
or their ignorance or an abhorrence for 
blindness, would make you inferior and 
dependent while thinking that they were 
being kind to you. They are the patrons 
of special privilege and of special handling. 
They are the backers of all the movements 
which would set you apart from society 
in one way or another by a special interest 
treatment . . . 

" The typhlophiles would spare you 
all the difficulties of the sighted world 
and of living in it. Perhaps there are some 
among you who would also have it this 
way. But, at least on your fifteenth 


birthday I can claim the privilege of your 
National Chaplain in warning you not to 
let yourselves or your organisations fall 
into their hands, not to let yourselves be 
led down the path of special privilege . . . 
they are well intentioned, well meaning, 
but I say to you that this is perhaps the 
greatest and most insidious danger. And 
I fear the typhlophiles even when they are 
bringing gifts — in fact, I fear them most 
in their gift-bringing. 

" I have spoken before of the word 
' ambivalence ' — that factor within us that 
makes us wish and wish-not at the same 
time, which makes us love and hate the 
same object simultaneously, which urges 
both dependence and independence, which 
both at the same time seeks and runs away 
from. Without your even being aware 
of it, in each of you, or at least in many of 
you — in the face of all your nice words 
about the equality and dignity of blind 
people — there may also be a strong force 
at work which seeks that you set yourself 
apart from a world which obviously will 
not, cannot understand . . . You your- 
selves could become the typhlophiles. 

" And if you find this happening, then 
I say examine yourselves and re-examine 
yourselves. See if you are really working 
for your blind fellows ... or if within 
yourselves you are working to satisfy your 
own needs, needs for feelings of superiority, 
needs to overcome your own insecurity 
and perhaps even your own problems with 

" I have spoken to you of my fears. Let 
me tell you of my hopes. I hope that 
you will continue to make the distinction 
between veterans' rights and special privi- 
leges to be accorded for a handicap; I hope 
that you will always fight for the right 
of every veteran while shunning like the 
plague all of those things which would mark 
you as a group apart to be separated from 
society and to be pitied by it. I hope 
you will continue your long-since stated 
battle — to take your rightful place in the 
ranks of your fellow-citizens and work 
with them for the creation of a peaceful 

"But beware of the typhlophiles! And 
most of all beware lest you yourselves should 
contract the dread and insidious disease 
of typhlophilia." 

Miss Margaret Cox 

St. Dunstaners resident in the East 
Anglia area, previously visited by Miss Cox, 
will be pleased to learn that their generous 
subscriptions to a Presentation Fund enabled 
her to select a gift of a silver salver and 
to have in addition, a substantial cheque 
with which she intends to purchase glass- 
ware. I arranged on your behalf to have 
the salver inscribed as follows: 

" Presented to Miss Margaret Cox by 
her St. Dunstaner friends as a token of 
their esteem, affection and appreciation 

C. D. Wills, 
Welfare Superintendent. 

Miss Cox Writes — 

My dear friends, 

I do not know how to tell you all how 
delighted and greatly touched I am by your 
generous and beautiful gift of a silver 
tray and cheque. The tray is perfectly 
lovely and this, together with the inscription 
on it, is something I shall always treasure 
and which will be a constant reminder 
of the happy years we have known each 

I should also like to thank you all for 
the many, many lovely cards and letters 
you have so kindly sent me. I am only 
sorry it has not been possible to reply 
to you individually. 

To you all my most sincere and heartfelt 
thanks, and may this year bring you good 
health and peace in your hearts. God 
bless you all. 

Margaret Cox. 

Cardiff Club Notes 

Our happy social event, the Cardiff 
Club Annual Dinner, was held at the 
Bristol Hotel on December 17th, once 
again a very well-attended occasion with 
all our members present. 

Miss Blebta was the guest of honour 
and was met with a grand welcome from 

Mr. Caple carried out the duties of 
Chairman in the same capable way that he 
has always done. Photographs were taken 
by his son-in-law to remind us of a very 
enjoyable evening. Indeed, it was a gay 
time at which the predominant feature was 
the spirit of comradeship and good neigh- 

Dick Jones, 




D. E. Williams, of Brisbane, who recently 
successfully completed three years' study 
at London University to obtain his Ph.D., 
has been appointed Honorary Director of 
Training of Braille House, which has just 
founded a Training Centre for the Civilian 
Blind in Brisbane. 

Taking Their Pick 

For those who were not able to listen 
to " Take Your Pick," which was broad- 
cast from Radio Luxembourg on Christmas 
Day with a specially invited audience of 
blind people, we give the prizewinners 
among the St. Dunstaners who took part. 

Ted Dudley, of Croydon, won a stereo- 
phonic radiogram and ten long-playing 
records of his own choice, Harry Wheeler, 
of Merton Park, an automatic tea-making 
alarm clock, and R. Fullard, of Norbury, 
a bag of crisps. However, this was not as 
disappointing as it seems for the salt was 
wrapped up in a five-pound note! 

Surprise Caller 

Bill Griffiths, of Blackburn, had an 
unexpected visitor just before Christmas. 
It was the Australian doctor who operated 
on him when he was wounded in Java. 
The doctor was on a world lecture tour 
and had been to an engagement in Liverpool. 
This was the first time they had met 
since Bill's prisoner-of-war days. 

Profit and Loss 

What are they worth to you, my friend? 

The smile on a baby's face. 
The cheery light at journey's end. 

And the free, unfettered pace. 

The smooth clear white of winter's scene, 
The green of the springtime leaves, 

The mingled tints of summer floivers, 
The gold of the autumn sheaves. 

What were they worth to him who marched, 

Or went aloft with the few? 
He knew them all, he loved them all, 

And he lost them all, for you. 

Now pause awhile and think, my friend, 

Of him in perpetual shade. 
While you check books and count your gains, 
Are you worth the price he paid? 

H. N. Symes, 

North Harrow. 


Once again St. Dunstaners and their 
families have sent me such lovely Christmas 
cards that I wish to say how much I appre- 
ciate them and the kind thoughts. Thank 
you all so very much ; it is with regret that I 
cannot reply to each individually, but you 

My very best wishes to all for a happy 
and peaceful New Year. 

Matron, Ovingdean. 

On behalf of us all here in the Northern 
Area Office at Headquarters, we would like 
to thank all the many St. Dunstaners who 
sent Christmas and New Year greetings. 
We had so many cards that it would be 
impossible to answer them all individually 
so we hope that you will accept this 
acknowledgement. We send our good 
wishes to you and your families for a very 
happy and prosperous New Year. 
M. A. Midgley, 
Area Superintendent (North). 

Once again Christmas has come and 
gone, but the happy memories of the annual 
influx of gaily coloured cards, calendars 
and gifts received in Southern Area Office 
remains very much alive. Thank you all 
for your kind thoughts so pleasantly ex- 

On behalf of the Staff in Southern Area 
Welfare may I wish all St. Dunstaners and 
their families a happy New Year. 
P. J. Rogers, 
Area Superintendent (South). 

The Welfare Visitors of both North and 
South Areas have each received a tremen- 
dous number of personal greetings cards 
and calendars and would like to take this 
opportunity of thanking everyone for 
remembering them in this kind way, and 
hope that this acknowledgement will show 
their sincere appreciation. 

Miss M. K. Wilson would like to thank 
the many St. Dunstaners who sent her 
greetings at Christmas. It was such a 
pleasure for her to be remembered by all 
her " boys." She would like to be able 
to answer each one personally, but owing 
to her mother's grave illness, she is not 
able to do this just now. 


Ovifigdean Notes 

Our Christmas programme of entertain- 
ments at Ovingdean got off to a fine start 
with the Staff Concert on Christmas Eve 
entitled " Corn and Coons," which every- 
one seemed to enjoy. A fairly well-kept 
secret was the identity of our guest artist — 
G. H. Elliott, of the " Chocolate-coloured 
Coon " fame, who is now living at nearby 
Saltdean. The second half of the show 
consisted of well-known songs and choruses, 
in which the audience joined the singing 
— and very lustily they sang too ! We hope 
very much that Mr. Elliott will be coming 
back here again before very long and we 
shall look forward to giving him another 
warm welcome. 

On Christmas morning a number of 
St. Dunstaners attended Chapel Service and 
then returned to the Lounge for the distri- 
bution of port received from representatives 
of the Brighton, Hove and District Grocers' 
Association, and to be handed their Christ- 
mas presents. After the traditional Christ- 
mas dinner, with all the trimmings, we 
settled down to a quiet afternoon and in the 
evening were entertained by a play reading 
of " The Chiltern Hundreds." The follow- 
ing afternoon a party went off to the 
Brighton Hippodrome for the Boxing Day 
performance of the pantomime " Dick 
Whittington," and in the evening we held 
our usual Fancy Dress Dance in the Lounge. 

During the rest of the week there were 
drives and visits to the pantomime and 
theatre in Brighton and on Saturday 
evening a fine week came to a close with 
the New Year's Eve Gala Dance from 
8.30 p.m. until 12.15 a.m. As midnight 
approached, the Commandant made known 
a gracious gift from Her Majesty the Queen 
to St. Dunstan's this Christmas, and we 
drank our New Year's toast to, " The 
Queen — God bless her," and to our absent 
friends. The last waltz soon followed and 
the local St.Dunstaners drifted homewards 
and those staying in the Home, or some at 
least, made their way to bed. 1961 was 
beginning ! 

With the New Year, however, came an 
outbreak of influenza for us at both Oving- 
dean and Port Hall, to which both Staff 
and St. Dunstaners fell victim. The rapid 
series of admissions to Sick Bay for the men 
resulted in a decision being taken to 
temporarily cease all holiday admissions to 

the Centre. Now, half-way through the 
month, the germs seem to be dispersing, 
and we hope all will be back to normal 
here again shortly. 

Finally, a word of thanks from the 
Commandant, Matrons and Staff at all the 
Brighton Homes, to those St. Dunstaners 
who sent Christmas greetings. They hope 
to meet many of you again during the 
coming year. 

Family News 

Mr. T. Everitt, father of Mrs. Frank 
Rhodes, who died on January 5th at the 
age of 89, had lived with Mr. and Mrs. 
Rhodes for fourteen years although for 
the past three years he had been confined 
to his bed. Mr. Everitt was well-known 
to many St. Dunstaners as " Mary," for 
at St. Dunstan's whist drives, which he 
attended as Frank's escort, he invariably 
played as " lady." 

• • • 

We have also heard with regret of the 
sudden death of the father of Mrs. H. 
Windley, Salford. 

• • • 

We have heard with regret that the 
brother-in-law of E. Griffiths, of Wrexham, 
has lost his life in a coal-mine accident, 
and that S. J. Abraham, of Liverpool, has 
also lost his brother-in-law. 

Nicholas Davis, Stratford, has passed his 
Grade 2 music examination with a merit 

Twenty Girl Guides of the 3rd Hove 
Guide Company, among them 13 year old 
Yvonne Beard, have decorated an unused 
room in a local church as their gurray, or 
" den." This has now been officially 
opened and blessed by the vicar. The girls 
worked throughout the Summer and a 
photograph of Yvonne and her friends 
appeared in the Brighton and Hove Herald. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Margaret Newton, Southport, on January 
7th, to John Howard. 

The son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Stock, 
of Southampton, to Janet Hunt, on Decem- 
ber 10th last. 


Talking Book Library 
First Five of 1961 

A good selection of reading to soothe 
away any trace of Christmas and Hogmanay 
excesses. One of the five I am vague about, 
but I do recall that the impression I had from 
one of its two stories was most favourable. 

" The Rainbow and the Rose," by Nevil 
Shute, reader Stephen Jack, is a fascinating 
story fully maintaining the high standard 
of entertainment this author always used 
to set himself. An Australian pilot, friend 
of another pilot who crashed in an almost 
inaccessible part of Tasmania, pieces to- 
gether his friend's life with the aid of an 
ex-wife and an air hostess. He lives in 
his friend's quarters awaiting a break in 
the weather to enable him to rescue the 
crashed man by air. An odd and a very 
entertaining story emerges which cannot 
fail to please above 90 in every 100 readers. 
Cat. No. 64. 

" All Change Here," by Rupert Downing, 
reader Robert Gladwell, and " The Darling 
Buds of May," by H. E. Bates, reader 
Stephen Jack, compose a two-in-one book. 
The second half, I do recall, portrays a rebel 
against the conventional life with a most 
rooted objection to rent, rates, and taxes, 
living well in a ramshackle old country 
house with a warm generous woman and 
hordes of children and local friends. It 
doesn't sound much but the atmosphere 
is indescribably waggish. Cat. No. 392. 

" The Wheel Spins," by Ethel Lina White, 
reader Andrew Timothy, tells of an inter- 
esting experiment in collusion to murder. 
Two acquaintances agree to do each other's 
dirty work, one deciding his uncle is 
expendable and the other judging his wife 
to be so. The suspicion and treachery 
resulting from the " good turns " make an 
ironical study and our heroes surprise each 
other with their unavailingly clever re- 
sourcefulness. Cat. No. 234. 

" Adventures in Two Worlds," by A. J. 
Cronin, reader Eric Gillett, is a beautifully 
written book concerning first a doctor, 
then a sick doctor, and finally a successful 
writer. This book must be a re-make, or 
my faint recollection that I wrote it up once 
before is an error on my part. I recall 
vaguely being misguidedly rude about the 
sacrilege of a good doctor turning scribbler; 
maybe I dreamt it. Anyhow the above 
is the version of the book that ought to 
stand. Cat. No. 869. Nelson. 


Bickley. — On December 8th, to the wife 
of G. R. Bickley, of Clapham, a daughter 
— Jeannette Marie. 


Our deep sympathy goes out to the 

following : 

Acton. — To H. Acton, of Paignton, whose 
father died on December 31st. 

Cashmore. — To D. Cashmore, of Selly Oak, 
whose father died on January 3rd. 

Clarke. — To A. Clarke, of Blackpool, 
whose brother died shortly before Christ- 
mas at the age of 58. 

Freer. — To R. Freer, of Gravesend, who 
lost his mother in September. She died 
at Torquay. Our St. Dunstaner was at 
Harrogate for the Bridge Congress when 
he received the news. 

Garthwaite. — To E. Garthwaite, of York, 
who lost his wife on December 27th. 
Mrs. Garthwaite died in hospital after a 
long illness. 

Langham. — To T. J. Langham, of Arnold, 
Notts., whose wife died on December 

Megson. — To W. Megson, of Carterton, 
Oxford, who lost his wife on January 6th. 

Orrell. — To J. Orrell, of Pearson House, 
whose sister died on Christmas Day. 

Pownell. — To H. Pownell, of Caterham, 
who has lost his wife. Mrs. Pownell 
had been ill for a long time. She was 
admitted to a London hospital but her 
condition worsened. She passed away 
very peacefully on January 2nd. 

Revell. — To G. Revell, of Watford, whose 
mother died on January 2nd. She had 
been an invalid for several years and had 
suffered a great deal. 

Whyte. — To F. Whyte, of Gainsborough, 
whose sister, Mary, died on December 


Clarke. — On December 17th, A. F. C. 
Clarke, of Luton, recently a trainee at 

Great- Grandfathers 

P. Lynch, Brandon, for the seventh time. 


For A. J. Radford, of Castle Cary, and 
R. Popple, of Llandebie, new grand- 
daughters. T. Brougham, of Liverpool 
(his daughter has just had her second child). 


Miss Mary Law 

St. Dunstaners everywhere will hear 
with the deepest regret of the death of 
Miss Mary E. Law. Miss Law died on 
January 6th, in her 91st year. 

Miss Mary Law was a voluntary braille 
teacher at St. Dunstan's in Regent's Park 
during the First World War and her infinite 
patience, understanding and lovable person- 
ality made her popular with everyone. 
When the Second World War came, Miss 
Law returned to St. Dunstan's at Church 
Stretton at the express wish of Matron 
Dorothy Pain, and again her services were 
given unreservedly. With loving care and 
skill, she taught another generation of 
St. Dunstaners braille, music and English, 
at which she particularly excelled. When 
the war ended and St. Dunstan's returned 
to Ovingdean, Miss Law stayed on in the 
village of Church Stretton, but throughout 
her life she was always in touch with many 
of her old pupils and friends, who now will 
grieve with us at her passing. 

Miss Reynolds 

T. Rogers, of Huddersfield, writes: 
St. Dunstan's has always been rich in 
the devotional quality of the men and 
women to be found at any given period 
in the various departments of our unique 
organisation. The seed of this traditional 
quality was planted by a small company 
of pioneers — hand-picked by our Founder — 

of whom the late Miss Reynolds was one. 
Renny, as she was affectionately known in 
the Braille Room, with her quiet, patient 
approach to everything, was a never-failing 
source of kindly encouragement to the 
freshmen commencing the arduous task of 
educating the touch and memory to act 
as substitutes for loss of sight. 

No-one could meet Miss Reynolds with- 
out feeling better for the meeting. Those 
of her former pupils and friends still with 
us will find their memory of this gentle 
soul echoing a fervent, " Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant." 

Mrs. L. E. Nichols, of Portslade, writes : 
I was very sorry to hear of the passing 
of Miss Marjorie Reynolds, a dearly loved 
and loyal friend of my husband for so many 
years. A truly good woman who never 
spared herself' in service for others. 

I am thankful my husband went first — - 
he would have mourned her so much. 


Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Jordan, of Hove, 
sailed for Australia on January 11th. They 
expect to return to this country in April. 
• • • 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Cover, of Leigh-on-sea, 
leave for the Canary Islands on January 
27th. They will be away for six weeks. 

** JJn MrtmOVtt" {continued from page 10) 

Private John Francis McDonough, M.M., Royal Irish Rifles 

With deep regret we have to record the death of J. F. McDonough, of Clifden, County Galway. 

He served with the Royal Irish Rifles from 1917 until 1919, coming to us that same year. The 
Military Medal which was awarded him was presented to him by Sir Arthur Pearson. His training was in 
netting and mat-making. 

He had been staying at Pearson House for some time, Mrs. McDonough being in hospital herself 
for prolonged treatment. He died on Boxing Day and was 77. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. McDonough, who is still in hospital, and to her family. 

Private Ernest Guest Povey, 1st Dorset Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of E. G. Povey, of Bitterne, Southampton. 

Enlisting in 1915, he was discharged after the war and was admitted to St. Dunstan's in March, 1947. 
He trained on rugs and basket-work, carrying on the latter craft right up to the time of his death, in spite of 
very poor health. He died in a nursing home on December 26th at the age of 66. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Povey and her son and daughter, both of whom are married. 

Private Walter Henry Timbrell, Royal Yield Artillery and 'Labour Corps 

With deep regret we record the death of W. H. Timbrell, of Watford. 

He served from September, 1915, until March, 1918, and came to St. Dunstan's in November, 1931. 
where he trained as a telephonist. He continued with this work right up to the time of his retirement in 1958, 
when he and Mrs. Timbrell settled in Watford. He had previously lived in Southall, Middlesex. 

His death occurred very suddenly on December 23rd. He was 64. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mrs. Timbrell and her son. 



Jn Mtmotii" 

Driver Thomas Henry Breakwell, Royal Field Artillery 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of T. H. Breakwell, of Westgate. He was 67. 

Enlisting on September 5th, 1914, he served until March, 1919, but it was not until 1952 that he came 
to St. Dunstan's. The same year he entered industry and he carried on this work until February, 1956, but 
by then his health was deteriorating. This grew gradually worse and he was admitted to Westminster Hospital 
where he passed away on January 2nd. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Mrs. Breakwell and her son. 

Private Frederick Edward Charles Bulley, Labour Corps 

We record with deep regret the death of F. E. C. Bulley, of Hassocks. 

He served from February, 1918, until November, 1919, entering St. Dunstan's immediately. He 
trained as a poultry-farmer and followed this occupation until 1930, from then on doing only hobby-work. 
He devotedly cared for his invalid wife until her death in 1945. The following year he came for a time to 
one or other of the Brighton Homes. In 1949 he went with a housekeeper to live in Hassocks. He 
died on December 24th. He was 78. 

He leaves a son to whom we offer our sincere sympathy. 

Private Frederick William Chappie, 22nd East Surreys 

We have to record with deep regret the death of F. W. Chappie, of Enfield, Middlesex. 

He enlisted at the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war but was wounded the following year, coming to 
St. Dunstan's in August, 1915. He took up joinery, concentrating on picture frames and meat safes, and 
this he did until 1939, when he went into business. In 1944 he entered industry and it was not until 1956 
when his health began to fail that he gave up work. He had been bedridden for a long time prior to his death 
on December 30th. He was 65. 

Our sincere sympathy goes out to Mrs. Chappie and her family. 

Private John Henry Greaves, Royal Army Service Corps 

We have to report with deep regret the death of J. H. Greaves, of Oldham. 

His Army service was from 1916 to 1918 and he came to St. Dunstan's in 1920 where he trained first 
in boot-repairing. He continued boot and clog repairs until 1942, then entered industry to help the war 
effort. In 1949 he took up mat-making, with a little clog and shoe repairs, but increasing ill-health forced him 
to give up both occupations. He came to Pearson House for a holiday, but his death came suddenly and 
unexpectedly on Christmas Day. He was 68. 

Jack Greaves was in his time a noted athlete and was one of the few people to have swum Morecambe 

Our deep sympathy is extended to his family. 

Rifleman Thomas Arthur Harold, 12th County of Eondon Regiment 

With deep regret we record the death of T. A. Harold, of Harold Hill, Romford, Essex. 

Although he had served from June, 1915, until April, 1916, he did not come to St. Dunstan's until 
September, 1950, when his age and the state of his health ruled out any training. Although he had not been 
very fit during the last few years, his death, on January 7th, was quite sudden. He was within a few weeks 
of his 66th birthday. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Robert Humble, Ordnance Factory 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of R. Humble, of East Howden-on-Tyne. 

He was a munitions worker during the First World War and he came to St. Dunstan's in 1918. He 
was first settled in a small tobacconist's business and this he carried on until 1924. He then transferred to 
rug-making and netting and made articles for our Stores right up to the time of his death. Although he had 
been in poor health for some time, his death on December 17th was sudden and unexpected. 

To Mrs. Humble and her family we send our deep sympathy. 

Private James Kay, Eancashire Fusiliers 

We record with deep regret the death of J. Kay, of Heywood, Lancashire. 

He saw service from 1915 until 1919 but sustained mustard gas poisoning in 1918. It was not, 
however, until 1949 that he came to St. Dunstan's. He trained in rug-making and string bags, making articles 
for our Stores until November, 1960, when ill-health forced him at last to give up. His death on January 2nd 
was nevertheless sudden and unexpected. 

He leaves a widow and grown-up family to whom we offer our deep sympathy. 

{Continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 



For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 489 -Volume XLV 


Price 3d. Monthly 

[Frkb to St. Dunstan's Men 


ON JANUARY 10th, at the Johannesburg Public Library, I had the pleasure of 
opening an Exhibition for the Blind. St. Dunstaners may be interested in my 
remarks on this occasion. I said: 

" Care of the blind springs from motives of kindness and most efforts throughout the 
world have started with the simple object of relieving distress and poverty. Soon it became 
apparent, however, that blind people, though greatly handicapped, were not necessarily 
cut off from all useful activity and that one of the best ways of meeting their need was to help 
them to help themselves, and so Societies sprang up almost always with local support to 
help the local blind by visiting them in their homes, providing them with braille literature 
and teaching them to use it, and by the establishment of sheltered workshops in which they 
could undertake selected manual work. Later, jobs in factories, telephone operating and 
physiotherapy were successfully followed. Thus, to some extent, the handicap of blindness 
has been reduced and many now lead useful and more or less contented lives. 

This pattern is common to all civilised countries and we see it in the history of the South 
African blind world. I should add that of course, special schools for the children are also 
an important feature and some of these have done remarkable work. 

As the nation becomes more conscious of its duty to its less fortunate citizens 
national societies spring up to co-ordinate work for the blind and to undertake these 
functions such as the distribution of braille literature and, more recently, the distribution 
of talking books and to publicise the needs and capabilities of the blind generally and to 
influence Governments on their behalf. 

Here again the pattern has been followed in South Africa and I offer my congratulations 
to those who founded the National Council for the Blind as well as all those concerned 
with local efforts. 

Inevitably the needs of the central organisations and of the local organisations find 
themselves in competition, especially in the matter of money raising and this may lead to 
overlapping and to the public receiving too many appeals for what seems to them to be 
one good cause. This in its turn leads to affiliations, friendly arrangements and eventually 
joint money-raising activities and preferably in the end one single, poignant, gigantic 
National Appeal. 

You are approaching this phase in South Africa, and I warmly commend this 

This Exhibition shows many aspects of aid for the blind and each piece of apparatus 
tells a story of the conquest of blindness. The watch is not merely a simple necessary device 
but a symbol of emancipation. 

I have had thousands of blinded ex-servicemen under my care at St. Dunstan's and the 
first thing I do when I hear of or meet a newly-blinded soldier, sailor or airman is to give 


him a watch. The excitement and interest of being able to do something for yourself 
without having to ask for help is the first lesson and it has a magical effect. 

Then there is braille, which opens the door to literature, brings the blind person in touch 
with the outside world, educates him, passes the time and keeps his mind alive. More 
recently the Talking Book — the greatest invention for the blind since braille — has brought 
professional reading aloud into thousands of homes. The Talking Book reads better than 
the amateur or the relation or the kind friend, and it never gets tired and you don't have to 
ask it to work for you, you just switch it on. 

On Saturday of this week, in Johannesburg, I shall be demonstrating our latest British 
Talking Book, which utilises tape instead of discs and is much simpler and more economical 
to operate. The box, no bigger than a large Bible, carries up to 20 hours of reading. Nearly 
half a million pounds is being spent on this in Britain and it is now available to Commonwealth 
countries, who are eagerly anxious to take advantage of it. 

If you are blind you cannot write very easily for your handwriting deteriorates, but the 
typewriter might have been invented for the blind because it keeps the lines straight, avoids 
putting one letter on top of the other, and it is extremely easy to learn to use it. For example, 
amongst more than 5,000 blinded ex-servicemen, 95% have learnt to typewrite, and some do 
so without sight and with additional disabilities. I have just received a letter from Jimmy 
Ellis, your well known Public Relations Officer, typewritten on a strange typewriter which 
he borrowed on board ship, and he is not only blind but has only two fingers. He apologised 
for the mistakes in the letter and, in fact, in a long letter there are only four mistakes; on 
his own typewriter I don't suppose there would have been one. 

Then there are the goods made by the blind in their special workshops, another aspect 
of blind welfare. 

Another example is the apparatus used by physiotherapists. This profession is ideally 
suited to the blind. I personally know some hundreds who carry on their work in hospitals 
and in private practice in Britain and in other Commonwealth countries. Half a dozen 
distinguished practitioners operate in South Africa who are personal friends of mine and there 
are many others. 

The healing touch of the blind physiotherapist, his own example of recovery from his 
disability, are a source of many cures and alleviations. 

If I may say so, South Africa does well to do so much for all its blind people of all races, 
but obviously we could do more. The object of this great money-raising effort and of this 
Exhibition is to provide the means to this end. 

In declaring this Exhibition open, I send my personal good wishes to all blind people 
in the Union and the British Territories of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland, and 
hope you will have great success." 

Jock Boyd 

Mr. J. Boyd (Jock Boyd) retired at the end of last month from his post as Area Representa- 
tive in the Appeals Department. I am glad to say, however, that Jock Boyd will continue 
in a temporary part-time capacity to undertake certain appeals and public relations duties 
for us in the Brighton District from his own home. 

Jock came to St. Dunstan's in 1919, having been grievously wounded — he suffered 
amputation of his right leg and injuries causing permanent immobility to the left leg, as well 
as blindness. After a short period as a shorthand typist with the Royal National Institute 
for the Blind in their Brighton Office, he joined St. Dunstan's staff and when he retires will 
have completed a little over forty years' service. 

I do not know anyone who has met the cruel blows of fate with more courage and a 
better spirit, and not only was his work of the utmost value to St. Dunstan's, but he set an 
example of cheerfulness and good humour which encouraged many who came in contact 
with him during their visits to our Homes. 

We will still see him from time to time at Ovingdean and he will continue his contacts 
with many of our supporters in the district. 

St. Dunstaners generally and members of the staff will join me in saying thank you to 
Jock and to Mrs. Boyd, who has been a tower of strength to him, and in wishing them 
good luck. FRASER. 


London Club Notes 

The Club's A.G.M. was held at Head- 
quarters on Thursday, January 19th. A 
very interesting meeting was presided over 
by Mr. A. D. Lloyds. The following 
were elected to serve on the Committee: 
Messrs. G. P. Brown, W. Bishop, G. Dennis, 
W. Harding and S. H. Webster. 

Members of the London Club meet for 
dominoes, whist, bridge, etc., on Tuesdays, 
Thursdays and Saturdays as follows: — 
Tuesday, 5—10 p.m. Main Event, Whist 

Thursday. 5—10 p.m. Main Event, 

Domino Drive. 
Saturday. 2— 10 p.m. Mainly Bridge, with 
a Whist Drive com- 
mencing 7 p.m. 
A good variety of refreshments are available. 
Any St. Dunstaner and his wife or escort 
can be assured of a sincere welcome. Why 
not come along and give the Club a trial? 
Sir Arthur Pearson Competition 
Whist (Aggregate) : 1st A. Carrick. 
2nd P. Ashton. 
Dominoes (Aggregate) : 1st W. Harding. 

2nd G. Dennis. 
Crib: 1st W. Scott. 

2nd P. Ashton. 
Darts (Totally Blind) : 1st S. Webster. 

2nd W. Lacey. 
Dominoes (Knock-out) : 1st S. Webster. 
2nd W. Bishop. 
All entries for the current year's Com- 
petition should reach Mr. Willis not later 
than Saturday, March 4th. 

St. Dunstaner to Broadcast 

The Rev. G. L. Treglown, m.b.e., is to 
speak in the Silver Lining programme on 
the Home Service on Tuesday, March 7th, 
March 14th and March 28th, at 4.45 p.m.' 
on " The Psychology of Disability." 

Lee-on-Solent Camp 

An invitation has come from H.M.S. 
Ariel to St. Dunstaners to be their guests 
at the Royal Naval Barracks, Lee-on-Solent, 
from Friday, August 25th, to Saturday' 
September 2nd. 

Will those who would like to come 
please send along their entries to me: 
Mrs. Spurway, The Vicarage, Holmwood, 
Dorking, Surrey (Dorking 73191). 

Fares refunded over the first £1. Camp 
fee, £2, payable at Lee-on-Solent. 

Liverpool Club Notes 

What charming hosts the Liverpool 
Club-ites are to be sure, but alas, what 
havoc can be caused among them by 'flu 
and other wintry ailments. Instead of the 
usual Christmas party and excellent concert 
of other years, seats were booked for the 
pantomime, "Robinson Crusoe," with Bruce 
Forsyth taking the lead. The show was a 
great success. The laughter and shouting 
of the many kiddies there added much to 
the pantomime atmosphere. The show was 
followed by a most enjoyable dinner at 
Reece's Restaurant. Reece's cater for parties 
of all sizes and although the place was 
packed with other folk, the privileged St. 
Dunstan's party were tucked away in a 
special corner room making it a happy 
private party. 

My regret about the change in proceed- 
ings was that there was less time than usual 
for chatting with the 'troops' and theirwives. 

Miss (Linen-Room " Rags ") Davies joins 
me in saying " thank you," Liverpool 
Club, for a happy time and for the loyalty 
and friendship extended to us. 

How I wish more and more St. Dun- 
staners would join the Club, so that I 
could be sure of meeting more old friends. 

Thank you again, " Frisby Dykes," with 
wishes for a speedy recovery to all invalids. 
Betty Vaughan-Davies. 


H. L. Dickinson, of Southport — a grand- 
son was born in Australia on January 24th; 
J. Roughley, of Sheffield, a son for his 
youngest daughter; E. Mills, of Walsall, 
who has become a grandfather again, this 
time to twin grandchildren, a boy and a girl. 

For Sale 

" Myers " two-tier Bunk-Bed. Width, 
2ft. 6in. Complete with spring overlays and 
interior sprung mattresses. Price: £\°) 15s. 
Also Single Divan Bed. Width, 2ft. 6in. 
With interior sprung mattress and head- 
board. Divan is fitted with two deep 
drawers. Price £\\ 10s. These items are 
in good condition and the prices include 

Apply R. Bridger, 26 Patten House, 
Amwell Court, Green Lanes, London, N.4. 
Telephone: Stamford Hill 3290 (evenings). 
• • • 

For the third year in succession, Mark 
Goundrill has been elected Chairman of 
his local branch of the British Legion. 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

It was most appropriate that the Chair- 
man's Notes re loneliness should coincide 
with Commander Buckley's " Straight from 
the Shoulder " reproduction. Both articles 
are calculated to make us think, that is if we 
are disposed to having our minds jolted into 
thinking for ourselves rather than remaining 
a typhlophile, content to sacrifice one's 
independence for the sake of the gifts and 
sympathy at which Father Carroll looks 
askance. There is a great movement in 
the U.S.A. to draw the blind out of their 
twenty cents an hour jobs in some institu- 
tions and encourage them to greater efforts 
to regain that social equality which is lost 
to so many when they lose their sight. We 
all know (who are truly blind) the utter 
loneliness that one can feel even when one 
is presumably enjoying a day out with 
sighted friends who carry on light con- 
versation based on the passing scene or 
their own day-to-day activities. But the 
climax of all psychological reaction to this 
supreme handicap comes when one tries 
individually to assert oneself as a normal 
person among the sighted people who con- 
sider you to be abnormal. One need not 
be an introvert nor an extrovert to combat 
loneliness, for one can be one's own best 
companion if one has developed the blessed 
gift of meditation that is not brooding 
over the past, but requires the freedom 
from distraction that our supposed handicap 
gives. We all know the extreme extro- 
verts who, with a stream of perennial non- 
sense and romantic discourse on their own 
life story, monopolise and bore even more 
than that other man or woman who has 
little to say until he or she finds a com- 
panion who can truly converse. 

" Straight from the Shoulder " draws 
attention to the danger of allowing your- 
self to expect as well as accept gifts and 
assistance that at once brands you as a social, 
economic and psychological inferior. 

We members of St. Dunstan's cannot 
avoid being apart for we are more favour- 
ably situated economically than many of 
our comrades with other major disabilities, 
but we should, as the American Veterans' 
Association Chaplain exhorts, seek at all 
costs to refrain from contracting typhlo- 

True physical blindness creates that sixth 
sense of discrimination and the seventh 

sense of appreciation that allows us to retire 
within ourselves and enjoy the blessing 
of true meditation that links us with our 
Creator. Think how Christ fed a multi- 
tude of five thousand with five loaves and 
two fishes and gathered twelve baskets of 
fragments. Then think how He also fed 
a smaller multitude of four thousand with 
seven loaves and several fishes but only 
gathered seven baskets and ask " Why? " 
One would have expected the smaller 
crowd to have yielded more. But He gave 
sight to the blind and we can see that He 
feeds us with seven pieces of spiritual food 
for thought and so we are no longer blind, 
but messengers even as Paul. Our Chair- 
man truly asks us to think and Father Carroll 
asks us to beware. 

Yours very sincerely, 

A. J. Radford, 

Castle Cary. 

Dear Editor, 

The appearance of G. H. Elliott (the 
Chocolate Coloured Coon) at the Oving- 
dean Christmas Party took my mind back 
to many years ago — 1903 to be exact. I 
was then twelve years of age and I appeared 
with others on the London music hall stage 
in a show called " John Selkirk's Juveniles." 
We were trained by John Selkirk and did 
an acrobatic drill act. 

When I meet G. H. Elliott soon, I shall 
say, " Hello, George. With all your long 
memories of the stage, can you recall 
Selkirk's Juveniles?" I imagine him to 
pause for a while and with a big smile say, 
" Methinks I do." My quick reply will be, 
" Well, I was one of those Juveniles, and 
appeared on the same programme as you 
nearly sixty years ago, I believe it was at 
the old Bedford Music Hall, Camden 
Town," and his reply will probably be, 
" Well, that's mighty fine, but how you 
have grown! " 

Yours sincerely, 

W. Seymour, 


" World Without Shadow " 

St. Dunstan's film of this name will be 
shown at The Tatler Cinema, Northumber- 
land Avenue, Newcastle-on-Tyne, on March 
27th, for six days. 

Braille Tests 

Repeat Senior Braille Test: F. Ripley, of 



J. (Tiny) Fleming, of Sudbury, recently 
retired from his post as a telephone operator 
with Shell Mex after eighteen years, a fact 
which was reported by the London Evening 

• • • 

G. P. (Jock) Brown, of Twickenham, 
left R. B. Pullin's on January 27th, where 
he had been a telephone operator for 
twenty-four years. The Pullin Group's 
magazine made him its " Personality " for 
the winter number and paid warm tribute 
to his war record and fine service with the 

• • • 

Harry Cook, of Chingford, also retired 
at the end of 1960. He has been physio- 
therapist at Hackney Hospital for the past 
sixteen years. Before that he was with 
Everton Football Club and treated many 
internationals. Mrs. K. Townsend, an old 
friend of St. Dunstan's, and herself one of 
Harry's patients, sends us a cutting from 
the Hackney and Kingsland Gazette in which 
another of his patients pays tribute to his 
" never-failing cheerfulness, kindness and 
courtesy," and endorses those words. 

St. Dunstaner's Son in Sea Rescue 

The following extract from the Nen> 
Zealand Herald has been sent to us by J. E. 
May. The Mr. D. E. Somervell referred 
to is the elder son of our New Zealand 
St. Dunstaner, A. J. Somervell. 

" A man was drowned and two youths 
were rescued in a two-hour battle in boiling 
surf at the entrance to Whangamata Harbour 
yesterday morning. Three aircraft were 
used in the rescue. The drowned man, 
Mr. Eric Mulford, and his son, were in an 
lift, dinghy. They intended to go for a 
trip up the harbour where the water was 
fairly quiet. The outboard motor would not 
start and while the boat was drifting, one 
oar floated away. The tumbling surf soon 
swamped and overturned the boat. A 
launch tried to reach the men but the sea 
was too rough and it had to give up. People 
on the beach called the Whangamata Surf 
Club. Only junior members were in the 
clubhouse because the beach was closed 
for swimming. A surf ski was sent by 
car to the beach and a junior club member, 
Gordon Skinner, entered the water on the 
ski. A hundred yards offshore the ski 
overturned and was swept from his grasp. 

The club captain, Mr. D. E. Somervell, 
then entered the water with a belt and line. 
He swam two hundred yards into terriffic 
surf and rescued Dennis Mulford. The 
tide carried the boy's father along the beach 
until he was washed into fairly shallow 
water. He was dragged ashore but could 
not be revived. By this time Gordon 
Skinner had drifted nearly half a mile to 
sea and Mr. Somervell's line was too short. 
He was forced to return to the beach. 
Then Mr. D. McCleay, a former New 
Zealand surf ski champion, entered the 
water on a ski ... he lost this in the surf 
but managed to hold on to Skinner, who 
was semi-conscious but revived. 

Mr. Somervell said: 'The sea was so 
rough that it made things very difficult 
for us. The members of the Club worked 
as a team. The promptness of the police 
and the good view obtainable from the 
aircraft made the rescue of Skinner possible. 
Skinner himself deserves praise. He was 
making a prompt and courageous attempt 
to save a man.' " 

Ewell Walk 

A Two Mile Walk was held at Ewell on 
Saturday, January 7th. It was very cold 
but fine. The ten competitors were started 
bv Col. McColl, and it could not be a St. 
Dunstan's Walk without Mr. Hairis, who 
framed the handicap. He was assisted by 
Supt. F. James. Mr. F. Duff and other mem- 
bers of the Metropolitan Police acted as 
escorts, helped by members of Ewell and 
Epsom Harriers. The Countess of Onslow 
presented the prizes. 

The next Walk is over five miles on 
Saturday, March 11th. If there are any St. 
Dunstaner walkers who feel that five miles 
is more than they can tackle, a two mile 
race could be arranged if there are enough 





Handicap Time 

Hewitt, G. 

. 1840 



Dennis, G. 

. 20-28 



Stafford, C. . 

. 2040 



Madgwick G. . 

. 21-32 



Lilley, J. 

. 23-28 



R. Young 

. 2340 



M. Burns 

. 23-42 



G. B. Read . 

. 2409 



E. Cookson . 

. 24-31 



J. Wright 

. 25-23 



1st, R. Young; 

2nd, E. 

Cookson; 3rd, G. B. Reed. 

Fastest Loser: 

G. Hew 



Talking Book Library 

Six to read as the dykes all fill. 

An entertaining mixture this month as, 
I hope, the blurb beneath will convey. 

" The City and the Dream," by Ernest 
Raymond, reader Laidman Browne, tells 
the story of a struggling writer beset by a 
pompous, solicitor brother, and living with 
a sweet, simple, sister addicted to a little 
spasmodic shop-lifting. A colourful old 
actor and his wife share their lodgings and 
the hero's girl friend-cum-secretary, by her 
constant visits, brings trouble on his head 
from a would-be blackmailing caretaker. 
However, the little man plugs on and with 
the aid of an unorthodox publisher circum- 
vents the attempt of a more reputable firm 
to do him down. A naive, unlikely, but 
amusing yarn. Cat. No. 126. 

" The True and the Tender," by Norah 
C. James, reader Peter Fettes, concerns the 
romance of a lady almoner inside and out- 
side the hospital where she works. Amongst 
the daily round of soothing the troubles 
of patients and their dependants she dis- 
covers the man to whom she is engaged 
is a trifle unfaithful. A surgeon at the 
hospital knows it too, and naturally they 
get together and discuss all the implications. 
Both angles of this book read well; both 
our lady almoner's work, and her developing 
romance. Cat. No. 199. 

" Cloak Without Dagger," by Sir Percy 
Sillitoe, k.b.e., reader Robin Holmes, is the 
brilliant career of a policeman, or the 
career of a brilliant policeman, or perhaps a 
mixture. Ill luck drives Sillitoe, a Rhodes- 
ian policeman, home to serve in the capacity 
of Chief Constable in rural Yorkshire, 
Chesterfield, Sheffield, Glasgow, all in 
quick succession; each post adding to his 
distinction and reputation. His final berth 
was Kent, from which task he was seconded 
to M.I. 5 during the war. Cat. No. 252. 

" Inspector French and the Starvel 
Tragedy," by Freeman Wills Crofts, reader 
Arthur Bush, is a most complicated quad- 
ruple murder sort-out. Routine police 
inquiries fill most of the book, and it 
transpires that the unravelling of the case 
is much delayed by the culprit having 
managed to convince most authorities that 
he was one of the victims. Interesting, 
exciting, and, I imagine, amply rewarding 
to the painstaking author. Cat. No. 127. 

" Suspicious Circumstances," by Patrick 
Quentin, reader Peter J. Reynolds, is a 

story told by a 19-year-old son of a glamour 
star mother. In a garish setting of theatrical 
characters fatal accidents keep occurring, 
all of which seem to benefit the mother. 
The son, sick at heart, begins to suspect 
the accidents are no accidents and that his 
mother has a hand in them. The in- 
evitable hint of blackmail comes along but 
after much intrigue and juggling the 
mystery is eventually very simply solved. 
The reader in this one adds much to the 
atmosphere of the book. Cat. No. 326. 

" The Mary Deare," by Hammond Innes, 
reader Eric Gillett, is a fascinating story 
of a marine insurance fraud. Members of 
a salvage firm piece together the story of 
the Man Deare from Gideon Patch, her 
discredited master, who charters them to 
take him to that ship whilst awaiting the 
outcome of a Board of Trade enquiry. 
There ensues a thrilling race to the floating 
ship on the rocks just off the Channel Islands, 
between Patch, whose intention is to either 
bring the ship in or recover to evidence 
clear himself, and a member of his crew 
employed by the contrivers of the fraud. 
A harassing story which it is best to read 
for onself. Cat. No. 306. Nelson. 

Family News 
We have heard with regret of the death 
during the latter part of last year of Mrs. 
E. Barrett, of Lower Edmonton, widow 
of our late St. Dunstaner. 

• • • 

Our sympathy is extended to Mr. and 
Mrs. A. Osmond, of London, E.17, in the 
death of Mrs. Osmond's mother, who lived 
with them. She had been ill for some time 
and had been cared for by them. 

• • • 

We also send sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. 
A. Adams, of Doncaster, in the death of 
Mrs. Adams' father, and to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. E. Cunningham, of Liverpool, who tell us 
of the death of Mrs. Cunningham's father. 

• • • 

Brian Higgs (Southfields, S.W.I 8), has 
completed his apprenticeship, passing out 
with his National Certificate with endorse- 
ments for English, Thermodynamics and 
Principles of Electricity. 

• • • 
Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Pamela Biggs, Hildenborough, on Decem- 
ber 26th, 1960, to Mr. W. Brockington. 

Marlene Care, High Wycombe, on Feb- 
ruary 4th, to Mr. Keith Hayward. 


Jack Greaves 

Joe MacDonald, of Oldham, writes : 
Most St. Dunstaners will have come 
into contact with Jack Greaves at some 
time or another. I had a life-long friend- 
ship with him for we were born in the same 
street in the same town and served in the 
same regiment. Before I became a St. 
Dunstaner myself I was his escort for over 
twenty years. He was hail-fellow, well-met, 
always ready to entertain his pals at the 
piano or with his concertina; with his 
conjuring tricks; and rowing, swimming, 
high-diving, walking, running — he was 
game for anything to suit his fellow men. 
I remember the early days when I used to 
take him to Reunions. He liked a nice 
sing-song and drinks up at Manchester 
with the rest of the old brigade. I could 
fill a book about the happenings in our 
life-time. May he rest in peace. 

Ruby Weddings 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Millar, of Chessington,on 
May 8th last; Mr. and Mrs. F. Sherwood, of 
London, S.W.16, December 25th, 1960; 
Mr. and Mrs. P. Ashton, of Peri vale, 
February 5th. Congratulations. 

Silver Wedding 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Blakeley, of Farnworth, 
November 29th, 1960. Congratulations. 


Congratulations to the Rev. Frank and 
Mrs. Spurway upon becoming grandparents. 
Their daughter, Odeyne, gave birth to a 
daughter on January 15th. 


New all. — On January 13th, to the wife of 
H. Newall, of Kingsway, Manchester, a 
daughter — Jacqueline Brenda. 


Our very sincere sympathy is offered to 

the following: 

Cadman. — To Leslie D. Cadman, of Lon- 
don, N.W.3, whose father died last 

Dennis. — To G. Dennis, of Bush Hill Park, 
Enfield, who lost his mother on January 
30th. She died at the age of 73 after a 
short illness. 

Harry. — To P. Harry, of Ewenny, Glamor- 
gan, who has lost his father. 

Hind. — To B. Hind, of Nuneaton, whose 
brother died suddenly in January. 

Jackson. — -To G. Jackson, of Ashford, 
Kent,whose sister died on December 21st. 

Jarvill. — To B. Jarvill, of Doncaster, who 
lost his wife on January 25th. Mrs. 
Jarvill had been very ill for about a 

Jones. — To V. Jones, of Northwich, whose 
sister died recently. 

Lees. — To Maureen Lees, of Birkenhead, 
whose mother has died following a long 

Lucas. — To J. Lucas, of Water Orton, who 
lost his mother on January 19th, after 
a long illness. 

Madieson. — To G. G. Madieson, of Brigh- 
ton, in the loss of his wife on February 
11th. Mrs. Madieson was 86. 

Marsden. — To E. Marsden, of Blackpool, 
in the recent death of his mother. 

Mowtell. — To F. Mowtell, of Cramling- 
ton, whose wife passed away on Feb- 
ruary 4th. 

O'Kelly.— To F. E. O'Kelly, of Putney, 
whose wife died on February 11th. She 
had been in poor health for several years. 

Spurgeon. — To P. Spurgeon, of Halstead, 
who lost his wife on February 8th. She 
had been an invalid in a wheel-chair for 
many years and had been nursed devoted- 
ly by her daughter Joyce, and by her 


Mrs. F. W. Chappie asks us to point out 
that her husband, whose death we reported 
last month, served in the 2nd East Surrey 
Regiment and not the 22nd. It should 
also have been made clear that he was an 
all-round joiner, not specialising in any 
particular branch. 

Jin ffizttlOX]}" {continued from page 8) 

Nathaniel Topping, 20th Canadians 

We have also heard with deep regret of the death of our Canadian St. Dunstaner, N. Topping, of 
Toronto, Ontario. 

Enlisting in July, 1915, he was wounded at Lens in August, 1917, and came to St. Dunstan's almost 
at once. He was trained as a shorthand typist and returned to Canada in 1918 to work in the Provincial 
Secretary's Office, Parliament Buildings, Toronto. When last we heard he and his family were fit and well 
and he was still busy with his Government work. He died on November 7th last, aged 68. 

Our sincere sympathy is sent to his widow and family. 


"fit HUmori]' 

Acting Sergeant Donald Thomas Child, Devonshire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of D. T. Child, of Tunbridge Wells. He was 67. 

Donald Child enlisted in September, 1914, and was discharged in 1919. He came to St. Dunstan's 
only in May, 1956. He was then in very poor health and was forced to take things very quietly. As time 
went on his health did not improve although there was no marked deterioration, but he died suddenly on 
January 24th after a heart attack. 

He leaves a widow and a grown up family to whom our deep sympathy goes. 
Private Andrew William Drew, Durham Eight Infantry 

With deep regret we record the death of A. W. Drew, of Derby, at the age of 61. 

He served from March, 1916, until 1919, suffering a mustard gas attack in 1917. It was not until 
October, 1959, that he came to St. Dunstan's when his age and state of health ruled out any training. He 
had been in hospital just before Christmas and seemed to be making good progress towards recovery when he 
died very suddenly following a heart attack. 

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his widow and family. 

Private Joseph William Johnson, Royal Field Artillery 

We have to record with deep regret the death of J. W. Johnson, of St. Helen's. He was 72, 

He had served in the R.F.A. from October, 1915, until May, 1918, and he, too, was a mustard gas 
victim in 1917. He came to us in 1955 but was only able to undertake hobby training. He was keenly inter- 
ested in many Chapel activities, being an ex-Deacon. He was also an ex-President of the local Y.M.C.A. He 
had been seriously ill for some months but his death at his home on February 6th was sudden. 

He leaves a widow and grown up family to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

Sergeant John Mitchell, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders 

With deep regret we record the death of J. Mitchell, of Leith, Edinburgh. 

A regular soldier — he had enlisted in 1904— he was wounded in 1916 at Sierre and came to us the 
same year. Before his enlistment he had worked for the Scottish Co-operative Society and he returned to 
them in 1919, carrying on boot-repairing in his free time. It was a great pleasure for him when, in 1958, he 
was invited to go to Germany to see his regiment presented with new Colours. 

He died suddenly at his home on January 10th, at the age of 74. 

Our deep sympathy is extended to Mrs. Mitchell and her family. 

Private George Pell, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment 

We have to record with deep regret the death of G. Pell, of Kettering. He died on January 4th at 
the age of 76. 

Enlisting in 1914, he was wounded at Meeholt in 1915, coming to St. Dunstan's two years later. 
He became a first-class joiner, making goods of excellent quality, and carried on this craft until the early days 
of the Second World War, when ill-health forced him to give up. 

Mrs. Pell died only last June and we send deep sympathy to all their relatives. 

Lance Corporal Charles Smith, 9th Highland Eight Infantry 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of C. Smith, of Blakenhall, Walsall. 
He enlisted in 1916 and was wounded at Ypres, coming to St. Dunstan's in 1918. For a very short 
time he kept a shop but later concentrated on netting, at which he excelled. He carried on his craft right up 
to the time of his death which occurred at his home on January 21st. He was 74. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Smith who is herself at present in hospital, and to her family. 

Corporal Herbert Vickers, Field Ambulance Unit 

With deep regret we record the death of H. Vickers, of Bolton. 

He saw service from the outbreak of the First World War until its end in 1918. He was wounded 
in France and came to St. Dunstan's immediately, where he trained as a physiotherapist. He followed his 
profession until 1958 when failing health compelled him to give up. His death occurred on January 21st 
at the age of 68. 

He was a widower and our sincere sympathy is sent to his family. 

Private George Worgan, 13th Gloucestershire Regiment 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of G. Worgan, of Blakeney, Gloucestershire. 
He enlisted in January, 1915, and came to St. Dunstans upon his discharge in February, 1917. He 
trained in boot-repairing and mat-making and concentrated mainly on mats right up to the time of his retirement 
in 1949. He lost his wife two years ago and since then he has lived with his married daughter and her husband, 
Mr. and Mrs. Craddock. He died on January 27th at the age of 70. 

Our deep sympathy is offered to Mr. and Mrs. Craddock and the other members of his large family. 

H. H. Woods, 5th Brigade Signals' Band 

We have heard with deep regret of the death of our New Zealand St. Dunstaner, H. H. Woods 
of Wellington, New Zealand. 

He had served with the New Zealand Forces, seeing service in North Africa. He died in November 

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs. Woods. {Continued on previous page) 

Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 490— Volume XLV 

MARCH, 1961 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunstan's Mbn 


Dick Dufton Joins the Staff 

MR. R. DUFTON has joined the staff of St. Dunstan's as Director of Research. When 
Mr. Nye left, Mr. Norman French took his place as Research Engineer and he will 
continue in that post in which he is doing excellent work. But Peter Nye was not 
only a research engineer but also our adviser on many research matters and on broad technical 
affairs. As Director of Research Mr. Dufton will undertake those duties as well as acting 
as the executive officer of our Scientific Committee and of our Development Workshops 
Committee under the Chairmanship of Air Commodore Dacre. 

The Scientific Committee is working on a number of projects connected with reading 
and guiding devices and the Workshops Committee is the one that deals with inventions 
and gadgets to overcome the handicap of blindness and in particular, to help the doubly 
handicapped, at work, at play, or in the home. 

Another responsibility of Dick Dufton's will be to seek information on the scientific 
aspects of blindness and technical aids as they are developed throughout the world, and keep 
us in touch with progress. He will also be available to advise on aids for use in the 
technical training and employment of St. Dunstaners. 

A few months ago I recorded in these notes that Dick Dufton had become an Associate 
Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and this attainment, together with many 
years of industrial experience in research and production, plus the fact that he is himself 
a regular sailor who was blinded in the Second War will, I have no doubt, qualify him to 
be of great service to our organisation and to St. Dunstaners generally. 

He will have an office at Marylebone Road and letters can be addressed to him there. 

Limited Telephone Calls 

Every now and then the opportunity arises in Parliament to put in a word for my friends. 
The other day the Post Office Bill was receiving its Second Reading and I said: 

" I understand that telephone calls will be cheaper — that they may even be 2d. each, 
but that talking for a long time on the telephone in the evening is going to be severely limited. 
Now some people may rejoice at that, but others will be very sorry. For example, I had a 
pathetic letter only two days ago from an old, blind person, who says : ' My telephone is 
my only friend. I live alone, and I ring up and talk to my friends, and I like to talk as long 
as I like.' 

" Once the connections have been made and the overheads have been paid, it does not 
cost the Post Office anything to allow people to talk for a quarter of an hour, or even half 


an hour, if they want to. I ask that sympathetic consideration be given to this point — and 
not especially for blind people since this may affect all lonely people." 

Lord St. Oswald, the Minister replying, said: 

" Lord Fraser asked whether it was strictly necessary for local calls to be limited in time, 
as is the intention. I can tell him that the Postmaster-General has at heart the position of 
such people as he mentioned, particularly elderly people whose life rather depends on being 
able to carry on long conversations with each other. The noble Lord asked whether some- 
thing could not be done to lengthen the set time of a local call at night and on Sundays. I 
cannot give him a precise answer, but I will naturally bring his thoughts on this matter to the 
attention of my right honourable friend, and I am sure that it will have the influence that 
his ideas always have on Ministers." 

I hope something may come of this. 



All Reunions will be held at 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m. lunch, with afternoon tea, unless 

otherwise stated. 



12th April 


13th April 


15th April 


27th April 


29th April 


13th May. 


27th May. 


29th May. 


31st May. 


3rd June. 


21st June. 


22nd June 


24th June. 


1st July. 


12th July. 


22nd July. 


5th Oct. 


13th Oct. 


CHESTER (Miss Broughton). 
BLACKPOOL (Miss Everett). 
BIRMINGHAM (Miss Blebta). 
EXETER (Miss Webster). 
CARDIFF (Miss Blebta). 
LUTON (Miss Meyer). 
MANCHESTER (Miss Everett). 
EDINBURGH (Mrs. King). 
NEWCASTLE (Mrs. King). 
DUBLIN (Mrs. Thompson). 
IPSWICH (Miss Meyer). 
NOTTINGHAM (Miss Broughton). 
LEEDS (Miss Broughton). 
WINDSOR (Miss Stevens). 
CANTERBURY (Miss Stevens). 
BOURNEMOUTH (Miss Webster). 
LONDON (Miss Dodd). 
Evening Function. 
BRIGHTON (Miss Jones). 
Evening Function. 

Member of Executive 

Council Presiding 

Colonel Ansell. 

Colonel Ansell. 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell. 

Sir Neville Pearson. 

Sir Neville Pearson. 

Lord Fraser. 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell. 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell. 

Lord Fraser. 

Colonel Ansell. 

Mr. D. G. Hopewell. 

Sir Neville Pearson. 

Lord Fraser. 

Sir Brian Horrocks. 

Sir Neville Pearson. 

Lord Fraser. 

Lord Fraser. 

Sir Neville Pearson. 

Lord Fraser. 



The Casino. 







Royal Station. 


Great White Horse. 

Victoria Station. 


White Hart. 



Lyons Corner House, 

Coventry Street. 


Welfare Week-ends at Ovingdean 

Interested St. Dunstaner's should note 
the following : 

Chess Week-end: November 3rd — 5th. 
Bridge Week-end : November 17th — 19th. 

Talking Book Library 

A Correction 

We regret that owing to a printer's error, 
the Catalogue Number of " The True and 
the Tender," by Norah C. James, was given 
last month as No. 199. Will Talking Book 
readers make a note that this should have 
been Cat. No. 299. 

Staff Retirement 

Mr. F. Ralph, a St. Dunstaner of the 
First World War and member of the staff 
for more than twenty years, now leaves the 
service of St. Dunstan's upon reaching 
retirement age. 

Frank Ralph joined us in August, 1940, to 
become a braille teacher at Church Stretton, 
and later became joinery instructor there 
and at Ovingdean. 

He has made many friends, both among 
the hundreds of St. Dunstaners of both 
wars whom he has taught and on the 
staff, and all will join with us in wishing 
him the very best of good luck. 


London Club Notes 

Bridge. — The Harrogate Week will be 
held this year from September 16th — -23rd. 
This year's event is a very special one for it 
is the twenty-first anniversary of our first 
visit to Harrogate. Arrangements have 
been made for our party to be accommo- 
dated again at the Dirlton Hotel, Ripon 
Road, and the terms per day will be 28s. 6d. 

As we must make our final reservations 
at the hotel, will all members who would 
like to join the party send in their names 
to Mr. Bob Willis as soon as possible. 

The St. Dunstan's Bridge Congress will 
take place at Ovingdean during the week- 
end of Friday, November 17th. 

Will all bridge players who are interested 
and wish to enter for the Sir Arthur 
Pearson Cup Competitions — namely, for 
Pairs and Teams of Four — send in their 
names to Mr. Willis, at the London Club, 
at the same time giving the name of the 
partner they have arranged to play with. 
This will enable the Committee to make the 
Draw and ensure the smooth running of the 
competitions at Brighton. If I have any 
single names, I am afraid I cannot guarantee 
a partner, but I will do my best. 

Lee-on-Solent Camp 

Dates : Friday, August 25th, to Saturday, 
September 2nd. The closing date for 
receiving camp entries is Saturday, April 8th. 
Camp fee, £2 (payable at Lee). Fares re- 
funded over the first £1. 

51 Mile Walk— Ewell East 

Saturday, March 11th 

Twelve St. Dunstaners took part in this 
event at the L.C.C. Ground, Ewell East, 
in brilliant sunshine. It was a most success- 
ful and happy afternoon and our thanks are 
due to the escorts from the Metropolitan 
Police and the Ewell Harriers and to Mr. 
and Mrs. Plant of the L.C.C. Sports Ground. 
The result was: 

1st in the handicap: R. Newton. 

2nd „ „ J. Wright. 

3rd „ „ J. Lilley. 

Fastest loser: G. Hewitt. 

Braille Tests 

Senior Braille Test. R. Slade, of Addiscombe. 

Derby Sweepstake, 1961 

Applications are once again invited from 
St. Dunstaners and St. Dunstan's trainees 
for tickets in St. Dunstan's Review Derby 
Sweepstake. The attention of everyone is 
drawn to the new rule, that every applica- 
tion for tickets must be accompanied by 
a stamped addressed envelope. 

Tickets are 2s. 6d. each and application 
for them should be made as soon as possible 
and will be received up to the first post on 
Wednesday, May 17th. Each application 
must bear the name and full address of the 
sender, together with the number of tickets 
required, and, with a stamped addressed 
envelope enclosed, must be sent to the 
Editor, St. Dunstan's Review, 1 South 
Audley Street, London, W.l. 

Postal orders should be made payable 
to St. Dunstan's and crossed. Loose money 
should not be sent unless it is registered. 

Tickets will be issued consecutively and 
will be limited to twenty-four to any one 

The total money subscribed, less the cost 
of printing and sundry postage and station- 
ery expenses, will be distributed as follows : 

50% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
winning horse ; 

20% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
second horse; 

10% to the holder of the ticket drawing the 
third horse; 

20% to be divided equally among those drawing 
a horse which actually starts in the race. 

No prize won in the Sweepstake will be 
paid to any person other than the person 
to whom the winning ticket was sold. 

The Draw will take place at the London 
Club on the evening of Thursday, May 25th. 

Ruby Weddings 

Many congratulations to the following 
who are celebrating their Ruby Weddings: 
Mr. and Mrs. W. H Harding, of Finsbury 
Park, N.4, March 27th; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. 
Matthews, of Maidenhead, March 28th. 

The Hon. Mrs. Anthony McDonald 

From The Times, February 28th, 1961 : 


McDonald. — -On 26th February, 1961, at 

Wokingham, Berkshire, to Jean, wife of 

Anthony McDonald — a son. 

This is Lord and Lady Fraser's fourth 
grandchild and their third grandson. 


Sutton Club Notes 

Owing to the indisposition of the Treas- 
urer, Bob Giffard, our A.G.M. was post- 
poned to February 25th, although he was 
still not able to be present. 

Three members of the Committee — B. 
Daw, C. Luker and B. Miller — finished 
their term of office and the following new 
members were elected: P. Spring, E. Flynn 
and G. Jenrick. 

Our President, Lady Onslow, was unable 
to be with us but one of our Vice-Presidents, 
Miss Stevens, at very short notice, kindly 
acted as Chairman. 

Club members have been invited by 
Lady Onslow to visit Clandon Park in the 
summer, and Mrs. Spurway has given the 
Club an invitation to the Vicarage at Holm- 
wood, dates to be verified in due course. 

I, on behalf of all Club members, would 
like to take this opportunity of thanking 
Mr. Lloyds for all the help he has given 
and is giving to us at Sutton. 

We are still hoping that more St. Dun- 
staners living within reach of our Club 
will come along and join us at our meetings. 
If any information is needed, I can be 
contacted at Croydon 0596 any evening 
after 6 p.m., or at week-ends. 

Ted Dudley, Chairman. 


T. Noon, of Manchester; F. G. (Freddy) 
Richardson, for many years a member of the 
Appeals Department and now of Ovingdean 
— his grand-daughter has given birth to a 
little girl. 


W. Lee, of Waterlooville ; W. McCarthy 
of Manchester (for the sixteenth time); R. 
Meader, of Whaplode (he now has nine 
grandchildren and three great-grandchild- 
ren); J. H. Daltonof Middlesbrough — the 
seventh grandchild; T. J. Floyd, of Teign- 
mouth ; (he now has four) ; R. G. Field, of 
Potters Bar (his third); A. C. Scott, of 
Belfast — another grand-daughter; A. Hart- 
hill, of Sedgley, a grandson; J. Hier, of 
Kenfig Hill, near Bridgend — a grandson and 
he arrived on March 2nd, our St. Dunstan- 
er's own birthday. 

• • • 

With the dominoes recently sent from 
St. Dunstan's to G. Waterworth, of Cov- 
entry, he promptly won his Works Dom- 
inoes Tournament and was awarded a Cup 
and a money prize. 

Olympic Gold Medallist Tests 
St. Dunstaner's Invention 

Don Thompson, Britain's only athletics 
Gold Medallist at the 1960 Olympic Games, 
tested Les Dennis's ingenious indoor train- 
ing device at the Victory Ex-Service Club 
on March 15th. Les Dennis, of Thornton 
Heath, has designed a roller-trainer on 
which he can walk or run for miles in his 
own parlour. It consists of a series of 
rollers over which an endless belt is 
stretched. It was built with the aid of a 
sighted friend and is equipped with a 

Les, himself a Centurion who has com- 
peted in twelve London to Brighton Walks, 
has raced many times against Don Thomp- 
son and wryly says, " I see Don at the start 
and that's the last I know of him until after 
the finish." When Don heard about the 
roller-trainer he was eager to try it out. It 
will be remembered that he acclimatised 
himself for the Rome Olympics by training 
in his bathroom. 

The machine can be adapted for use in 
rehabilitating invalids or disabled persons. 

The Times of March 17th gave pride 
of place on its sports page to a photograph 
of Don Thompson testing the machine with 
Les Dennis looking on. 

From All Quarters 

Ken Revis will appear on B.B.C. Tele- 
vision on April 5th in the programme, 
" It Happened to Me." 

• • • 

Tommy Rogers, of Hudderrfield, who 
was a stonemason before he lost his sight, 
was on December 12th made a Life Member 
of his craft's Union. They presented him 
also with an illuminated scroll recording 
fifty year's of unbroken membership and a 
medallion in gilt and enamel. 

• • • 

It was the wish of our late St. Dunstaner, 
G. Mitchell, of Edinburgh, that his medals 
and his famous dirk should be given to the 
Seaforth Museum at Inverness. 

• • • 

Their many friends will regret to learn 
of the death of Mrs. Harry Gover, of 
Leigh-on-Sea. She and Harry had been 
on holiday at Las Palmas, arriving home on 
Thursday, March 9th. Mrs. Gover passed 
away two days later. Paul Nuyens, accom- 
panied by Mr. Jack Armstrong and Mr. Alf. 
Field, was present at the funeral. 


Cottagers and Commuters 

We are often being told that an over- 
whelming proportion of the British popula- 
tion lives in large industrial cities and that 
country life no longer exists. But this is 
not true and my own experiences in at 
least three different country places convince 
me that country life is not dead, it is only 
changing. At the same time there is a 
certain similarity of pattern wherever you 
go. Perhaps the greatest change that has 
come about is the wide diversity of interests 
that are shown by people in what used to be 
thought remote rural areas. Looking 
around the village there are a surprising 
number of activities taking place within 
a small community. Since Christmas we 
have had the Annual Meeting of the 
Horticultural Society, the British Legion 
Party and the Women's Institute Party. 
The Dramatic Society has given us a play 
and the Choral Society has performed in 
church. We have had the Parish Supper 
and other societies and organisations have 
been going full blast with lectures, discus- 
sions and entertainments too numerous to 
mention in detail. 

Nowadays everybody travels everywhere 
and almost everybody comes back with 
quantities of colour slides. By the end of 
the year most of these have been developed 
and everybody is rushing around showing 
them to everybody else. This year, it 
seems, I am the only person for miles around 
who has not been to Spain. Perhaps the 
biggest single advantage of being blind 
is that one is not expected to look at other 
people's holiday photographs. 

The sophisticated fringe have been enter- 
taining each other at cocktail parties in their 
low-ceilinged cottage sitting rooms. This 
might suggest that the village is no longer 
truly rural. This is true up to a point. 
Such old village families as still remain 
nowadays live for the most part in new 
pink houses along the main road. The 
ancient labourers' cottages around the 
green are sold to commuters for thousands 
of pounds. On the whole everybody seems 
to be fairly satisfied with this arrangement. 

Side by side with the changes other habits 
and institutions still remain and are sturdily 
holding their own. The English village 
may not be what it used to be but it still 
exists. Whether you like it or not, country 
life has taken a new shape and whether 
you live near Exeter or Ambridge, or in 

the overcrowded south-east of England, 
the pattern is quickly changing. The 
amount it has changed may vary, but 
almost everywhere certain similarities can 
be found. John Griffin. 

The Shell-Mex Party 

The tenth Annual Party which Messrs. 
Shell-Mex Ltd. give for their blind tele- 
phone operators was held at Shell-Mex 
House on Tuesday, February 28th. The 
programme was a cocktail party, dinner, 
and a visit to the Savoy Theatre to see 
" The Gazebo," with coffee afterwards at 
Shell-Mex House. 

The seven St. Dunstaners present were: 
Messrs. J. (Tiny) Fleming, of Sudbury, who 
recently retired from the company's service; 
W. G. Phillip, of Plaistow; R. Phillips, of 
Shoreham-by-Sea ; H. Petty, of Leeds; G. 
Poole, of Preston; J. E. Blackwell, of 
Bridgwater; and Leslie Northwood, of 

Mr. J. H. Ruscombe, one of the directors 
of Shell-Mex, and Mr. A. A. E. Morgan, 
Establishments Manager, received the guests 
who also included Lord and Lady Fraser, 
Mr. A. D. Lloyds, Mr. C. D. Wills, Mr. 
and Mrs. P. Owens, Commandant L. 
Fawcett, Lieut. Commander and Mrs. 
R. G. B. Buckley and Mrs. Brown. 

From the Chairman's Post-bag 

When the Russian delegation representing 
organisations for the blind visited this 
country last autumn, Lord Fraser, as Chair- 
man of St. Dunstan's, entertained them to 
dinner and later presented them with photo- 
graphs of themselves taken with other 
guests on that occasion. Our Chairman 
has now received the following reply: 

Respected Sir, 

We heartily thank you for the sent 
photos. We remember with great affection 
the days spent in Great Britain and our 
interesting talks. 

Our common work — this great and 
humane task, directed to improve the life 
of the blind. 

We wish you success in your further 

Chairman of the Main Administration 
for the Blind Association of All Russia. 

B. Zimin. 
Chief Engineer of the Main Adminis- 
tration for the Blind Association of 
All Russia. 
A. Kvitko. 


Talking Book Library 
Another Spring Selection 

No classics among the month's half 
dozen books. I can outline five of them and 
I have a sneaking idea that the one whose 
story escapes me is quite a thriller. 

" Intimate Story," by Rose Franken, 
reader Arthur Bush, is a homely and inter- 
esting story of an American doctor's widow. 
The setting is usually at her home some way 
outside New York. The widow has a 
romantic attachment to a novelist whom she 
met whilst on a trip to Europe, but having 
also a married daughter in process of having 
a first child, she is tremendously chary 
about her own budding romance. An 
awkward son-in-law frantic from complica- 
tions in his wife's pregnancy, many and 
varied domestic upsets, and lack of news 
from her novelist, practically reduce the 
widow to a nervous wreck. Read how she 
copes with it all. Cat. No. 630. 

" In Pursuit of Perilla," by Hermina 
Black, reader Arthur Bush, is an uncomplica- 
ted little romance. Naturally, Perilla is a 
model and extremely easy on the eye. 
Hounded by a very rich and very persistent 
wolf who is not above a bit of crime, her 
predicament can be imagined when, en- 
gaged to a man of an old family, she has 
to overcome their prejudice and combat 
the wolf all at the same time. Again, 
read how she copes. Cat. No. 256. 

" The Sunlit Isle," by Juliet Armstrong, 
reader Arthur Bush, has a rather ordinary 
beginning — young girl, eldest daughter of 
an Irish family looking for a job — she is 
offered one as secretary to a mother and 
son running a world-wide charitable organ- 
isation. The job involves going to a small 
island near Malta for several months. The 
family think it a fine opportunity but to a 
Yankee reporter friend the whole set-up 
stinks. She takes the job, then the shadowy 
corners of the ' sunlit isle ' begin to show, 
and eventually she is happy that the reporter 
based himself in Malta to be near at hand 
just in case. Cat. No. 174. 

" Before Lunch," by Angela Thirkell, 
reader Andrea Troubridge, is an account 
of social activities in the country, concerning 
mainly the inmates of two neighbouring 
large houses and the village affairs thrown 
in for good measure. A kind of gossipy 
outpouring. Cat. No. 319. 

"Windsor Castle," by W. Harrison 

Ainsworth, reader Eric Gillett, is a solid 
and interesting tome. Inset in a story in 
the days of Henry VIII is a detailed descrip- 
tion and history of the castle. The legend 
of Heme the Hunter runs through the 
story and reveals the superstitious dread of 
people in those far-off days. The very 
cornerstone of our history scraped and 
polished by a master of the historical novel. 
Cat. No. 269. 

Also released: — 

" The Night the Fog came down," by 
John Bude, reader Arthur Bush. Cat. 

No - 173 - Nelson. 

Family News 
The son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Lloyd, 
of Cardiff, has been awarded his Master's 
Degree Diploma at the State College, 
Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

• • • 

Lora, daughter of R. A. Benson, of 
Orpington, has passed the Public Schools' 
Common Entrance Examination. She is 
thirteen and was one of only five who were 
successful at her previous school. 

• • • 

Susan Womack, Leicester, is Head Girl 
of her school. 

• • • 
Fourteen-year-old Pamela BilclifF, Bir- 
mingham, has been made a Brownie Pack 
Leader by the local Commissioner of Girl 
Guides. This is an honour, for Leaders 
are usually appointed considerably older. 

• • • 

Denise Craddock, Warrington, with other 
Life Guards, has been presented with a 
Certificate of Merit by the Chairman of 
the Baths Committee. 

Marriages of Sons and Daughters 

Gerald Horner, Holmfirth, on March 25th 
to Margaret Ekin. 

Oliver Cromwell's Head 

Will the St. Dunstaner living in Wood- 
bridge, Suffolk, who talked to D. Batchelor, 
of Woodbine Cottage, Batley, near Banbury, 
about Oliver Cromwell's head, give him 
some information about its present where- 
abouts ? 

• • • 

In a letter to the Chairman, Tom Daborn, 
of Bexleyheath, says: " In the sea in 1960, 
my best fish was 341b. 12oz., a conger taken 
off Dungeness in July. On that day I had 
seven fish weighing just over 801b." 



Blackmore.— To the wife of S. Blackmore, 

of Gosport, Hants., a daughter — Christine 

Paris. — -On February 28th, to the wife of 

E. Paris, of Tooting, a son — David 

Southall. — -To the wife of S. Southall, of 

Smethwick, on February 6th, a daughter 

— Rachel Elizabeth. 


We extend our deep sympathy to the 

following : 

Andrew. — To G. Andrew, of New South- 
gate, N.ll, whose mother died on 
February 13th. Although she had been 
bedridden for several months with arth- 
ritis, her death was very sudden. 

Fletcher. — To J. W. Fletcher, of Lenton 
Abbey, Nottingham, in the sudden death 
of his wife on February 25th. 

Gover. — To Harry Gover, of Leigh-on- 
Sea, whose wife died on March 11th. 

Hold. — To A. A. Hold, of Yeovil, whose 
father passed away on February 13th. 
Mr. Hold senior, who was within a few 
weeks of his 83rd birthday, leaves a 
widow and our sympathy is sent also 
to her and to the other members of the 

King. — To J. R. King, of York, whose wife 
died in hospital on February 14th. 

McCaffrey.— To M. C. McCaffrey, of New 
Maiden, whose brother died in Ireland 
shortly before Christmas. 

Palfrey. — To A. Palfrey, of Barry Dock, 
in the recent death of his brother. 

Paterson. — -To. D. L. Paterson, of Rose 
Bay, New South Wales, Australia, who 
has recently lost his wife. The sad news 
came to us from his daughter, Mrs. 
Patricia Markley. 

Pollitt. — To A. Pollitt, of Patricroft, near 
Manchester, whose father died after a 
long illness on February 2nd. 


Mrs. Cook would like to thank all her 
friends of St. Dunstan's who have sent 
such kind expressions of sympathy and 
lovely flowers on the sudden death of her 
very dear husband. 

• • • 

We have heard with regret of the deaths 
of the widows of a number of St. Dun- 
staners. They are Mrs. W. H. Conlon, 
of Hurstpierpoint ; Mrs. R. Edwards, of 
Denbigh; Mrs. F. Johnson, of Derby; 
Mrs. A. Seal, of Portesham; and Mrs. W. 
Sebbage, of St. Leonards-on-Sea. Our 
deep sympathy is sent to their families. 

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Lance Corporal William Ashley Robinson, 1st Lincolnshire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of W. A. Robinson, of Grimbsy, at the age of 74. 

He was a regular soldier, having enlisted in 1904. He was wounded on the Menin Ridge and came 
to St. Dunstan's in 1917. He trained as a boot-repairer and mat-maker and had a shop from 1919 until 1925. 
He then moved to the country to carry on mat-making. This he was able to do intermittently until a year 
ago when poor health forced him to give up the craft. 

Our deepest sympathy is sent to Mrs. Robinson and her family. 

Private Patrick Summers, 1st Royal Scots Regiment 

We record with deep regret the death of P. Summers, of Burnbank, Lanarkshire. He was 86. 

Serving from the outbreak of war in 1914 until 1919, he came to St. Dunstan's that year. He trained 
in netting and rug-making and was able to work at these handicrafts until 1939 when ill-health forced him 
to give up. His health had been failing for the past year or so. 

He was a widower and our sympathy is extended to his family. 

Private Reginald Woodcock, West Yorkshire Regiment 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of R. Woodcock, of Ingleton, via Carnforth, Lancashire. 
He was 64. 

He saw service from 1915 until 1916 but did not come to St. Dunstan's until 1937. He trained in 
rug-making and netting and was an excellent craftsman, carrying on these occupations right up to the time 
of his death, which occurred at his home on March 9th. 

He was a single man. 

Michael Harris, Australian Forces 

We have only just heard of the death in March last year of Michael Harris, of Melbourne, Victoria, 
Australia. He came on to our lists in 1959. 

The news was sent to us by his widow, to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 


"$n ffitmQty' 

Private Robert Brown, Durham Light Infantry 
With deep regret we record the death of Robert Brown, of South Shields. He was 63. 
He served from the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war until its end and during that time suffered mustard 
gas injuries. He was admitted to St. Dunstan's in 1954 when, on account of his health, he was not able to 
undertake any training. He had been in indifferent health for some time past but his death was nevertheless 
sudden and unexpected. 

Our deep sympathy is sent to his widow and her family. 

Private Richard Harry Cook, I j4th East Lancashire Regiment 
It is with deep regret that we record the death on February 25th of R. H. (Harry) Cook, of Chingford . 
Enlisting at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war, he came to us in September, 1915, and trained as a 
physiotherapist. For many years he was with Everton Football Club, treating many internationals; he came 
South sixteen years ago to take up an appointment with Hackney Hospital and he remained there until his 
retirement at the end of last year. He also took a keen interest in the Hackney Boys' Club, giving his professional 
services to the lads. He was an active and popular member of St. Dunstan's Bridge Club and had been 
playing on the afternoon of his death. He died only an hour or so after leaving his friends there. Among 
those present at the funeral were St. Dunstaners A. Carrick, T. Gaygan, J. Fleming, F. Jackson, W. H. Harding, 
W. Lacey, P. Nuyens, T. Roden and W. T. Scott. Mrs. Sammy Webster represented her husband, who was 
unable to attend. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Willis were also among the mourners. All flowers were sent to Hackney 
Hospital. Harry was 65. 

Our deep sympathy goes out to Mrs. Cook in her loss. 

Private Patrick Garrity, B.E.M., Army Veterinary Corps 
It is with deep regret that we record the death of P. Garrity, of Brighton, at the age of 78. 
Enlisting in December, 1914, he came to St. Dunstan's in 1917, and he trained as a telephonist. In 
1919 he joined the staff at the British Legion Headquarters and his kindly greetings on the telephone and his 
all-round efficiency made him known and liked by thousands of ex-servicemen throughout the years he was 
there. He was also one of the best-known St. Dunstaners. He retired from the service of the British Legion 
in August, 1950, and it was only recently that his health began to fail. He died on February 11th after 
a short illness. 

We send our deep sympathy to Mrs. Garrity and her two daughters. 

Private Kelvin Curtis Gatrell, 9th Royal Sussex Regiment 
With deep regret we record the death of K. C. Gatrell, of Rottingdean. He was 67. 
He was a regular soldier when the 1914-18 war broke out — he had enlisted in 1913 — and he was 
discharged from the Army in August, 1917, coming to St. Dunstan's almost at once. He trained first in boot- 
repairing and centre cane-work, then for a time had a confectionery business. In 1940 he re-trained as a tele- 
phonist and a year later became St. Dunstan's telephonist at Longmynd, Church Stretton. He returned with 
us to Ovingdean, staying there until his retirement in January of last year. His health during 1959 had not 
been good and he underwent a serious operation, but his condition worsened and he passed away on March 7th. 
He leaves a widow and two daughters to whom our deep sympathy is sent. 

Gunner Frank Victor Gresson, Royal Artillery 

We record with deep regret the death of F. V. Gresson, of Thornton Heath. He died at Pearson 
House on February 23rd at the age of 66. 

He was a Second War man, enlisting in November, 1939, but he served until October, 1945. He was 
admitted to St. Dunstan's the following year and trained first for a Country Life settlement. He continued 
with this until 1950, when he re-trained for industry. He took up assembly work and carried this on success- 
fully until 1955, when his health began to fail. He was forced to give up but his health grew worse and in 
October, 1960, he was admitted to Pearson House where he became seriously ill and died on February 23rd. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mrs. Gresson and her 11 year old son, Barry. 

Private Walter Heushaw, 14th London Regiment 
We record with deep regret the death of W. Heushaw, of Halstead, Sevenoaks. He was 65. 
He enlisted in November, 1915, and came to St. Dunstan's in September, 1917. Prior to joining the 
Army he had been with the Metropolitan Water Board and he returned to them as a shorthand typist. He 
remained with them until 1934 when he began poultry-farming in a small way. He then moved to Potters 
Bar where his garden and greenhouse gave him the greatest enjoyment, as also did his very beautiful garden 
at Halstead later. This was based on the "no digging" principle. He was most active also inside the house 
and had recently laid a new floor in his dining room. His death on February 21st was very sudden after a 
brief emergency admission to hospital. 

He leaves a widow and son to whom our deep sympathy goes. 

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Published by ST. DUNSTAN'S for Men and Women Blinded on War Service. 1 South Audley Street, London, W.l, 
and Printed by Brighton Herald Ltd., Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, 1 

For Men and Women Blinded on War Service 

No. 491— Volume XLV 

APRIL, 1961 

Price 3d. Monthly 

[Free to St. Dunjtan's Mbn 


I HAVE just recovered from more than a week in bed with influenza. When I wasn't 
asleep I spent much of my time reading braille and listening to one thing and another. 

Thirty years ago I read braille so badly that I could not have enjoyed it and there 
was no talking book and no radio. Looking back I must have been very much at a loose end 
if ever I was ill in bed, which I do not particularly remember. 

Of course I learnt braille at St. Dunstan's in 1916-17 but I didn't like it and didn't become 
very good at it, and it was not until the Second War broke out that I felt that I must get better 
at it if only to set an example to the younger generation. I worked very hard at it for a few 
weeks and was surprised to find that I could double and even treble my speed of reading. In 
the Second War I have no doubt we taught braille better than in the First and gave it more 
emphasis. Nevertheless there may be some Second War men now in the 40's and 50's who 
have not kept it up. I urge them most strongly to exercise some self-discipline in this matter 
and give themselves some regular practice or perhaps even have a regular lesson when they 
go to Brighton for a holiday or convalescence. Nothing will reward them better as they get 

I listened a little to the talking book and was delighted with the recordings and the readers. 

All the listeners are 'blind' 

B.B.C.'s interest 

Normally I do not listen much to radio except the news, etc. when I am dressing in the 
morning, but during my week in bed I listened a good deal. I confirmed a conclusion I had 
earlier come to that you get much better value out of radio if you study the programmes in 
the morning and choose what you are going to listen to. The Programme Parade at 7.10 and 
8.10 in the morning is a great help in this connection and so are the short interpositions after 
the weather forecast, etc. when they tell you about certain features that will be on the Light or 
the Home Service or the Third Programme. 

In November last I wrote to THE TIMES newspaper saying : 

"The wireless is the blind man's newspaper, theatre and magazine and, above all, his 
friend. At this time when official committees are considering broadcasting generally, I 
earnestly hope that the value of sound broadcasting to the 100,000 blind persons and a much 
larger number who