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  • Peter Newlove - obituary

    Peter Newlove
    4 January 2014

    Peter Newlove joined the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1943 and later transferred to the Green Howards. He was discharged in 1944 after being wounded at the Battle of Anzio in Italy. His injury led to the amputation of his right arm in 1949 in Scotland, where he met and married his wife, Rose. Peter and Rose had three sons and a daughter, and Peter worked for many years for British Aluminium and, later, Tarmac. Peter was an active Member of Blesma from 1968 in the Stirling and, later, Glasgow Branches. He was Minute Secretary from 1992 until 2010, all in longhand. He was Bran

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  • Blesma Members embark on Walking With The Wounded challenge

    Walking With The Wounded
    23 November 2013

    Four Blesma Members have set off today on a challenge to reach the South Pole in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.   Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater are part of Team Glenfiddich and will be taking on Team US and Team Commonwealth in a race to the South Pole.    The race will cover 335km in 16 days with temperatures as low as -35°c and constant winds. Members of all teams have sustained injuries while serving their countries, making this no ordinary South Pole expedition!    Everyone here at Blesma wi

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  • Thackray Medical Museum

    Thackray Medical Museum
    19 November 2013

    We have a great opportunity for Blesma Members to have a say in a new exhibition at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds that is due to open in August 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. The exhibition will focus on the medical responses to, and advances from, injuries sustained in military service - mainly hearing loss, PTSD and limb loss. The museum would like to make contact with veterans who have lost a limb through military service to help them with both the c

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  • Remembrance Sunday

    11 November 2013

    29 injured military veterans will march past the Cenotaph in the Remembrance Sunday Parade this weekend as part of the Blesma contingent

    The contingent this year will consist of a total of 29 Members - 23 on scooters or electric wheelchairs and 6 ‘walking wounded’. The ex-service men and women will be led by the Parade Commander Lt Col (Retd) Jerome Church; also Blesma Chief Executive and Member who lost his leg in Northern Ireland. Partners and carers of the Members will march behind them.

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