Every now and then a book is published on a subject that seems so deserving that it is strange no one has done it comprehensively before. The men and women who serve in the military and risk life and limb deserve care beyond active service but often are quietly forgotten by politicians and sadly neglected. This story is about an enduring example of care of veterans. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: The History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1682-2017, The Warriors' Repose FILE: R2797 AUTHOR: Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 229 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Veterans, veteran care, Royal Hospital, tradition, London, red coats, Chelsea flower show, Chelsea Pensioners
IMAGE: B2797.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y3ewagmw LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Every now and then a book is published on a subject that seems so deserving that it is strange no one has done it comprehensively before. The men and women who serve in the military and risk life and limb deserve care beyond active service but often are quietly forgotten by politicians and sadly neglected. This story is about an enduring example of care of veterans. - Most Highly Recommended The Chelsea Pensioners are always a popular sight in their distinctive uniforms as they attend public events. They deservedly hold a special place in the British heart, and yet very few known how long their institution has been in existence, or any detail of what its history entails. The authors have done a fine job of correcting this with a book that reads well and includes some very interesting images. The careful research has produced fascinating detail of the life of the institution and its Chelsea Pensioners. The Royal Hospital was created at a time when few cared about veterans. It was a ground-breaking attempt to provide a system that would be able to repay the service of military personnel at a time when their service was over and it was their turn to be cared for by society. To have survived in a rapidly changing world since 1682 is exemplary. The only sadness is that it is unable to provide a home for all veterans who need one and that it is not matched by a comprehensive range of services to ensure that all veterans can receive whatever help they need in making the transition from military service to civilian society and beyond into old age. The authors have logically approached their subject by looking at the Governors who have steered the Royal Hospital down the years and a selection of those who have become Chelsea Pensioners. That includes the experiences of WWI and WWII when the Royal Hospital became a target for the Germans and suffered damage and death in consequence. To that set of elements the authors have noted those buried in the grounds including former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Dennis whose ashes are interred there. A fascinating and absorbing history.