Victory Over Blindness

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Reference WMO/260289

Address:

Manchester Piccadilly Station

Manchester

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Serviceman/woman sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Post-1945 War or Conflict
About the memorial: Statue entitled 'Victory Over Blindness' depicts seven blinded First World War Soldiers leading one another away from the battlefield with their hand on the shoulder of the man in front. Unveiled in October 2018, it was designed and sculpted by Johanna Domke-Guyot and is believed to be the first permanent memorial to blinded servicemen. The location was chosen as a convalescent camp at Heaton Park in Manchester treated and trained thousands of wounded WW1 service personnel, many with sight loss. Victory Over Blindness was commissioned by Blind Veterans UK and funded by The Gosling Foundation, individuals and other organisations.
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Victory Over Blindness/Johanna Domke-Guyot/Remembering the returning blind veterans /of the First World War/More than 3,000 veterans lost their sight as a result of their service in/the First World War. Making their way home from the front, they began/their journey to rebuild their lives after sight loss/In 1915 a charity was founded to support them./Blind Veterans UK , formally known as St Dunstan's, has continued to/support thousands more blind veterans to live independently as they/begin that same journey today./Rebuilding/lives after/sight loss/ This statute was unveiled by/HRH The Countess of Wessex,/GCVO on 16 October 2018 to/commemorate the 100th/anniversary of the end of the/First World War./

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