Veterans Aid through the years.

The charity Veterans Aid started life in January 1932 when a canteen and recreation centre known as H.10 opened on the Thames Embankment. This is the fascinating story of how it developed.

Veterans Aid exists to help former servicemen and women in crisis.

1924-11-02 16:35:00

Sinking of HMS Calypso

2nd November, 1924: Preserved in the archives of the Public Record Office is the log book of HMS Calypso, a light cruiser of the Mediterranean Fleet, moored on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd November 1924, in Grand Harbour, Malta.

1931-12-14 00:00:00

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN . . . for rent of £1.

14th December, 1931: Advertisement placed by Mrs G.I. Huggins in The Times – 1931

1939-06-01 00:00:00

Michael Powell’s short film "Smith" was made for VA

Summer 1939;The film “SMITH” was made for the Embankment Fellowship Centre – now Veterans Aid. The idea was to raise awareness of the work that the charity undertook together with fundraising.

1939-06-28 00:00:00

VA Luncheon at The House of Commons to see a preview of the film 'Smith'.

28th June 1939: The Luncheon for Veterans Aid (formerly The Embankment Fellowship Centre) to see a preview of the film 'Smith' was chaired by Lord Milne GCB, GCMG, DSO at the House of Commons in June 1939.

1949-01-01 00:00:00

National Service

National Service was formalised as a peacetime form of conscription by the National Service Act 1948.

1954-12-01 00:00:00

Broadcast Appeal by Miss Cicely Courtneidge

December, 1954: Broadcast Appeal by Miss Cicely Courtneidge realised £660. She visited Belvedere House and joined the residents in a game of snooker.

1962-06-01 00:00:00

Miss Anna Neagle supports VA

June, 1962: Broadcast Appeal by Miss Anna Neagle realised £606.

1970-05-14 00:00:00

Sketch for the EFC booklet

14th May, 1970: "A sketch for an illustration in the EFC booklet (Annual Review?) by my clerk, Mr Lockett, at Belvedere House, 159 Tulse Hill, SW2."

1973-12-01 00:00:00

New Belvedere House opens

December, 1973: New Belvedere House opens. It was built next to The Rectory in Stepney. Today it is home to 55 ex-servicemen and has a computer suite, TV lounge, snooker room/gym and patio area.

2005-08-01 11:17:06

HQ moved to 40 Buckingham Palace Road

August, 2005: EFC's HQ and Drop-In Centre moved to 40 Buckingham Palace Road.

Veterans Aid through the years.

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