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 The Royal Star & Garter Homes, 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.
George, Royal Marines
George is a former Royal Marine who has been widely recognised for his service both to the Armed Forces and the Fire Service. Inspired by his father’s military career, George enlisted with the Marines in 1941, aged 18. During his service George was involved in the D-Day landings, supporting the Americans on Utah Beach as part of ‘Operation Neptune’, the amphibious phase of D-Day.
George now lives in one of our Homes where he is supported in his love of socialising and living a full life. As a keen sportsman, he relishes the challenge of physiotherapy. He also loves musical activities and socialising, especially live entertainment and pub lunches. George is a popular figure and a true gentleman.
Joan, Auxiliary Territorial Service
Joan was 15 when war was declared. Desperate to play her part in the war effort, Joan fibbed about her age, declaring she was 16, so she could join the Air Raid Precautions (ARP). In April 1942, aged 18, Joan joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) “to do or die for England.” Joan’s strongest memories of her time in the ATS are of the camaraderie that got her through hard times.
Joan came to live at The Royal Star & Garter Homes in December 2016 after finding it no longer possible to live independently at home. Joan feels that she is well looked after, “I’ve encountered a great deal of kindness here, several people here have been very, very kind to me.” She likes to get involved with as many activities as she can and is a well-loved figure around the Home.