Blind veteran from Fareham will march to Cenotaph

Blind veteran from Fareham to march on Remembrance Sunday with Blind Veterans UK'' ''IMGP9973  Bob Strickland & Jeremy HintonA blind veteran from Hampshire will march with other blind veterans to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.'' ''Bob Strickland, 78, will join more than 100 other representatives of Blind Veterans UK, which this year celebrates its 100 years of service to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.'' ''Bob served in the Army in the 33rd Parachute Field Regiment Royal Artillery as a short time Regular. He was trained as a Signaller and served in Cyprus, Egypt and Aden. After three years in the regular Army, Bob served for a further five years on the reserve. He left the regular Army in 1958 as a Lance Bombardier'' ''After the Army, Bob worked as a cartographer drawing maps for aircraft and ships for 44 years until retirement.'' ''Bob noticed he was starting to lose his sight when he couldn't see half of his wife's face. He was later diagnosed with optic atrophy. His sig
Blind veteran from Fareham to march on Remembrance Sunday with Blind Veterans UK'' ''IMGP9973 Bob Strickland & Jeremy HintonA blind veteran from Hampshire will march with other blind veterans to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.'' ''Bob Strickland, 78, will join more than 100 other representatives of Blind Veterans UK, which this year celebrates its 100 years of service to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.'' ''Bob served in the Army in the 33rd Parachute Field Regiment Royal Artillery as a short time Regular. He was trained as a Signaller and served in Cyprus, Egypt and Aden. After three years in the regular Army, Bob served for a further five years on the reserve. He left the regular Army in 1958 as a Lance Bombardier'' ''After the Army, Bob worked as a cartographer drawing maps for aircraft and ships for 44 years until retirement.'' ''Bob noticed he was starting to lose his sight when he couldn't see half of his wife's face. He was later diagnosed with optic atrophy. His sig
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BLIND veteran Bob Strickland will be marching to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

Bob, from Fareham, will be walking with more than 100 other veterans for charity Blind Veterans UK which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The 78-year-old served in the Army in the 33rd Parachute Field Regiment Royal Artillery as a short-time regular.

He was trained as a signaller and served in Cyprus, Egypt and Aden.

After the Army, Bob worked as a cartographer drawing maps for aircraft and ships for 44 years until retirement.

He noticed he was starting to lose his sight when he couldn’t see half of his wife’s face. He was later diagnosed with optic atrophy. His sight continued to worsen over the years and in 2002 he was registered blind.

I’m honoured to march with Blind Veterans UK because we’ve all got two things in common that connects us; we’ve served our country and we’re visually impaired

Bob Strickland

Bob said: ‘Remembrance means a lot to me because of all those who served before me and lost their lives.

‘They deserve to be remembered. I’m honoured to march with Blind Veterans UK because we’ve all got two things in common that connects us; we’ve served our country and we’re visually impaired.’

He added: ‘Blind Veterans UK made me able to look after my life. They’ve provided training to live independently with sight loss including cane training and cookery lessons.’