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About Ron

Ron served with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War and was one of the first soldiers to land on the beaches in the D-Day landings. In this interview Ron talks about preparing for D-Day, the experience of taking part in it and reflects on those who were lost in the war.

Ron joined Blind Veterans UK in 2013 having lost his sight as a result of age-related macular degeneration.

This interview was conducted in 2019 by our friends at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their Voices of Liberation: Preserving our memories of the Second World War podcast and is included in Unseen Stories with their permission. Sadly, he died in 2020.

Blind veteran Ron in his living room, smiling as he holds a phone
Blind veteran Ron using a large button phone
Blind veteran Ron wearing his military badges and laughing with care worker Kirsty
Blind veteran Ron, right, with Blind Veterans UK care worker Kirsty
Blind veteran Ron pointing at his framed medals on the wall in his home
Blind veteran Ron with his medals