Blind 103-Year-Old Former Prisoner Of War Will Be Oldest Veteran At Cenotaph
Former Army sergeant Ron Freer was captured in the Second World War while serving as a soldier with the Royal Artillery.
Ron Freer was left blind by four years of malnutrition at a prisoner-of-war camp(Picture: Blind Veterans UK).
A blind 103-year-old former prisoner of war will be the oldest veteran to march at the Cenotaph as the nation marks the centenary of Armistice.
Former Army sergeant Ron Freer will lead more than 100 comrades who also lost their sight when he attends the memorial in London on Sunday.
Confirmed by the Royal British Legion as the oldest veteran due to attend, he will be representing charity Blind Veterans UK.
He said this was a "huge honour" and the Remembrance commemorations hold a "special significance" for him as he remembers his own father's death in battle on 4 September 1918.
The former postmaster, who lives in Kent, paid his respects at his father's graveside earlier this year when he travelled to the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery in France with his family to lay a wreath.