Axminster war veteran invited to Cenotaph ceremony

John Glanvill-Smith, 87, will join other members of the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association

AN Axminster war veteran has been invited to attend the national remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph, in London, on Sunday (November 13).

John Glanvill-Smith, 87, president of the town’s Royal British Legion branch, lost his lower leg during fighting in Holland,

He will be amongst the contingent from BLESMA - The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.

Jerome Church, BLESMA’s General Secretary said: “Remembrance Sunday is important for BLESMA as we remember those who have died in the service of our country. But we also remember those who have made a different sacrifice and who live with the consequences of the battlefield everyday, those amongst our membership who have lost limbs or their eyesight but who ‘soldier on’ regardless. BLESMA is here for those brave men and women and always will be.”

BLESMA, who are the expert leaders in prosthetic care and provision, organises a number of annual events for its members of all ages to assist with their rehabilitation, as well as to build their confidence and self-esteem. The charity has been helping serving and retired servicemen and women and their families for more than 75 years, with the aim of proving there really is life after amputation!