Blind veteran receives Legion d'Honneur award for helping liberate France from the Nazi's.
2 August 2016 11:12
John McIntosh was called up for the Army in June 1943 and later landed on Sword Beach, Normandy. The Normandy landings are still the largest seaborne invasion in history and would finally free France from Nazi control.
He then continued fighting his way through France, Belgium and finally the Netherlands. Unfortunately, as John made his way to the Ardennes to support the Americans he was injured in a landmine accident.
John says: “We were going through a forest path when my Commander stepped on a landmine which blew him and myself up. I was lucky I only had some shrapnel wounds. Afterwards, I kept getting headaches and, after I was examined, it turned out it was my sinuses causing the pain after the blast.”
Because of this, John was transferred to the Royal Army Supply Corps until he was demobbed in 1946 as a Private.
Around 10 years ago John noticed he was starting to lose his sight. After seeing a specialist he was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. Luckily, John attended a garden party where Billy Baxter, a Blind Veterans UK employee, was speaking. Billy encouraged John to get in touch and since then John has been supported by our charity.
John says: “The support from Blind Veterans UK has been very good and they are always so helpful. I can’t fault them.”