Rifleman Stephen was 19 when he was wounded by a mortar bomb whilst serving in Basra in 2007. He received brain injuries which left him severely disabled. Stephen’s disability means that he uses a wheelchair and communicates via a tablet.
Stephen now lives at Royal Star & Garter, where he finds the care “Excellent”. He is sociable and enjoys sharing the activities on offer in the Home with his fellow veterans. His courage is striking: he perseveres with regular Physiotherapy at the Home which helps him to maintain his strength and wellbeing and to control pain. Staff work with Stephen and his family to help him live as independently as possible and to lead a full and interesting life.
John decided to sign up to the Grenadier Guards because of their fine reputation and uniform. It was a decision which would lead him to bear witness to some of the 20th century’s most historic moments – the funeral of King George VI and Her Majesty The Queen's coronation.
In later years, in the position of Queen’s Body Guard (a ceremonial position) he attended the wedding of Charles and Diana. Post World War II, he took part in peace-keeping missions in Palestine, and training troops in Malaya.
He praises Royal Star & Garter for improving his health, and adds: “I think it’s very good here. I feel so comfortable and I get 100% care night and day."
In 1942, at the age of 17, Amy was given permission to join the WAAF. She trained as a barrage balloon operator. These were huge explosive balloons that forced enemy bombers to fly at higher altitude, making them less accurate when bombs were dropped, and forcing them into range of anti-aircraft guns.
Amy then went to work as a plotter. She was there during the Normandy D-Day landings and later on as Allied countries continued to gain the ascendancy over the enemy.
Amy was demobbed in 1945, shortly after WWII finished. By then she was already married to Ted, who she had met during the war.