Scottish War Blinded remembers Willie Dyer

Posted: 09/03/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Fellow members and staff of Scottish War Blinded acknowledge the loss of Willie Dyer. 


Willie Dyer, who served in the Royal Scots Greys as a Wireless Operator and Driver on Centurion tanks in the 1960s, has recently passed away.  Willie’s service in the forces saw him posted to Germany and Aden, Yemen. During his time in the Armed Forces, Willie suffered dreadful injuries in a road accident, and was subsequently registered as blind as a result of those injuries. Following his return to Scotland, his disabilities meant he struggled to find anything other than unchallenging manual work.

Willie was introduced to Scottish War Blinded and to the old Linburn workshops by former Superintendent Mrs Meikle in 1998 and started to visit one day a week. He began to enjoy his weekly visit to Linburn so much that he left his job and began full time work in the workshop alongside fellow veterans, many of whom would become close friends.

Soon after his introduction to Scottish War Blinded, Willie and his wife moved into a new house on the Linburn estate and were supported in making adaptions to their home which enabled Willie to become more independent.

Despite his sight loss, Willie became a skilled craftsman and spent many hours in the Linburn workshop producing beautiful coffee tables and furniture which were used and enjoyed by the wider community. He found a great sense of camaraderie in the mix of men from all different areas of the forces, and having lost his wife in 2012 spent more and more time socialising and playing dominoes with friends at the newly developed centre.

Jim Thomson, Centre Manager commented “Willie’s daily visits to the centre will be much missed, as he was a valued member of the Linburn community who although a man of a few choice words, had become a friend for life for many of his fellow members.” He is much missed by the staff, all of whom would like to offer their condolences to Willie’s family.

He was held in high esteem as a man whose unassuming character belied his real presence. Willie exemplified Scottish War Blinded’s aim to expand horizons and find purpose after sight loss.