The Victory over Blindness sculpture

A free exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum is commemorating those who lost their sight during World War One.

The Victory over Blindness sculpture

Johanna Domke-Guyot’s sculpture, Victory over Blindness, forms the centrepiece of the showcase, which has been developed in partnership with Blind Veterans UK.

The artist said she hoped the work would highlight the different sacrifices given by servicemen.

“Commemorating war veterans through contemporary sculptures encourages the audience to use their imagination while exploring the vulnerability of the young men portrayed, as demonstrated by their stripped back and simplistic appearance,” she said.

“It is an honour to have my work displayed at the National Memorial Arboretum.”

The exhibition, which runs until December 3, features real life stories from veterans who fought at the Battle of Passchendale.

Godfrey Robinson, CBE MC, served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, losing sight in both eyes in August 1917, and Australian national Harold Fordyce who, despite losing his sight, trained as a poultry farmer and setup a farming business with his brother when he returned home.

Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, said: “The Victory over Blindness exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum provides an engaging method of assisting visitors to learn about people who have been blinded during war, highlighting the importance of the support and assistance that must be provided to help veterans adjust to life after they lose their sight.”


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