Blind ex-soldier from Chesterfield to attend Remembrance Service at Cenotaph

Blind ex-soldier Brian Eldridge, 67 and from Chesterfield
Blind ex-soldier Brian Eldridge, 67 and from Chesterfield
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A blind ex-soldier from Chesterfield will be remembering friends and family killed in action when he takes part in the Remembrance Sunday march to the Cenotaph.

Brian Eldridge, aged 67, will be taking part in the annual commemorations in London on Sunday with Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for visually impaired ex-service men and women.

He will be among 100 veterans at the event who are supported by the charity since losing their sight.

Mr Eldridge, who served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps for nine years between 1966 and 1975, was stationed in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East.

He said: “Remembrance Sunday means a lot to me, particularly given that this year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War – my grandfather served in WWI and was gassed and wounded in service.

“A lot of my family have served and a good friend who I grew up with died while serving with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, so I’m going to dedicate the two minutes’ silence to friends and relatives who’ve served and sacrificed.”