Victorian Philanthropy

PoppyIn an effort to replicate Victorian Philanthropy on a small scale, any royalties the author receives from sales of the book, ‘Inside Broadmoor: Secrets of the Criminally Insane – Revealed by the Chief Attendant’, in any format, will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

Thanks to the support of all those who have purchased a copy of the book so far, the first £1,100 has been sent to the charity and this photograph shows one of their receipts.

The charity was founded after the First World War, and within Charles Bishop Coleman’s lifetime and provides, ‘lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families’.

As a former soldier in the Dorset Militia, Charles took a keen interest in Broadmoor patients with a military background.  For various reasons, the proportion of ex-forces to civilian patients was quite considerable in the late Victorian / early Edwardian period.

The selection of the ‘Legion’ as chosen charity also enables the author to honour other members of the family who fought in both the First and Second World Wars.  In particular, Hubert Standley Forester, known as ‘Bert’ – who served in the Royal Army Medical Corp. and was a ‘Desert Rat’ at El Alamein and Alfred Leonard Tams Cotterell, known as ‘Len’ – who was mentioned in despatches and served in the Royal Army Service Corp. in Africa, France and Belgium from 1939 to 1946.

For more information about The Royal British Legion, and / or to make a personal donation to this long standing and valuable charity whose poppy appeal does so much to remind us of the fallen, as well as to help many people today, please see their website at:

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