HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 c717
75. Mr. Salt

asked the Secretary of State for War whether soldiers requiring to wear spectacles will be kept out of the front line of attack, in view of the anger to themselves and to their comrades which would be incurred by the breakage or loss of their glasses while in action?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)

No, Sir. A soldier is not posted to a combatant unit unless his sight attains a reasonable standard without glasses. The extra risk incurred by wearing glasses is negligible.