Both blind veterans. Both enlisted in the Royal Lancaster Regiment. Both supported for life.
100 years ago Hubert Hargreaves was blinded at the Battle of the Somme. Hubert had previously worked as a miner but losing his sight meant he was left unemployed. Luckily we were there to help and invited Hubert to our then Regent’s Park Hostel where he learned Braille, mat-making and poultry farming.
Hubert enjoyed poultry farming and decided to pursue it as a career. To help Hubert his wife Jane also attended a poultry farm course and in 1917 they were both ready to start work on the farm.
Hubert went on to live a busy but happy life with his wife and their three children. They returned to their home town of Clayton le Moors, near Accrington where Hubert passed away in 1945.
100 years later, Craig who also enlisted in the now 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment, receives the same vital support as Hubert.
Craig was just 22 years old when he began receiving our support after being blinded in an operational tour out in Iraq. He had joined the Army in 2002, just 16 years old, and served as a Sniper.
Craig says: “When I lost my sight I was unsure of the direction my life would take.”
Craig didn’t need to worry. After leaving Selly Oak Military Hospital he was told about Blind Veterans UK. We were able to find accommodation for Craig after leaving the hospital and invited him to attend a rehabilitation course. We then supplied Craig with vital equipment to help him adapt to sight loss and live independently. This equipment included computer software which enabled Craig to keep in contact with his friends and family.
Now Craig lives in Liverpool with his wife and two children. He adds: “Without the charity I would not be where I am right now.”