A blind veteran from Wiltshire is set to march at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday for the first time with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Alice Wolynskyj, 93 and from Zeals near Warminster, will be marching at the Cenotaph as part of the national Remembrance Sunday commemorations with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Alice joined the Women’s Royal Navy Service in 1944. She served at Bletchley Park, as well as two other connected outstations in Eastcote and Stanmore as Bombe Operator. She left the service in 1945 as a Wren. She says: “I used to use an Alan Turing bombe machine to decode the messages sent by the Germans. I made a lot of friends in service and five of us made lifelong friends”.

Alice was diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) which has caused her to lose her central vision. Fortunately, she found out about Blind Veterans UK and started receiving support from the charity in 2018.

Alice Wolynskyj. Former Women’s Royal Navy Service. She served at Bletchley Park
A young Alice pictured during her time at the Women’s Royal Navy Service 1944.

“All your needs are thought of at Blind Veterans UK and there is a wonderful feeling at their Brighton centre. There is so much kindness and a feeling of warmth”

Alice has particularly benefited from the talking books and magnifier that the charity have given her to be able to read again. She says: “It’s great to be able to read again as it makes you more independent”.

Alice will be marching with 100 other blind veterans at the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday.

“I want to march as a gratitude to Blind Veterans UK. It will be very emotional to march as I had friends that didn’t come back. I will be thinking of them.”
Alice

Blind Veterans UK was founded more than 100 years ago to support those blinded in the First World War. Now, the charity supports veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight.

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB says: “Alice will rightly be proud to march with our blind veterans this Remembrance Sunday. This is the time of year when we reflect on the sacrifice and service of all our members of the Armed Forces and their families.