97-year-old veteran Douglas Meyers outside court with his medals
Veterans

'Extraordinary' Blind 97-Year-Old Veteran Makes Plea To Leave Care Facility

Royal Navy veteran Douglas Meyers told a High Court judge he was unhappy at the care facility where he lives.

97-year-old veteran Douglas Meyers outside court with his medals

Former Royal Navy gunner Douglas Meyers served in Italy and North Africa during the 1940s (Picture: PA).

A blind 97-year-old Second World War veteran who wants to leave a care facility and end his life at home is waiting to hear whether he has won a High Court battle.

Mr Meyers, who served in the Italian and north African campaigns during the 1940s, arrived at Monday's hearing in a wheelchair and sat at the front of the court holding a row of campaign medals.

He has already lost two rounds of his fight.

Mr Justice Hayden, who has overseen earlier hearings in London, refused to allow him to go home for Christmas.

The judge said he had safety concerns and that the pensioner's life could be at risk.

He said all evidence and care options had to be analysed before he would consider letting Mr Meyers leave the care facility.

A Court of Appeal judge refused to overturn that ruling at a subsequent Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Social services bosses at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have welfare responsibility for Mr Meyers and lawyers representing the council have asked the judge to make a decision about what is in the veteran's best interests.

Mr Meyers told the judge that he wanted to end his life at home, said he could look after himself and that he would get help from a relative.

Mr Meyers also said he was unhappy at the care facility.

The judge has described Mr Meyers as an "extraordinary man".

Mr Meyers had told Mr Justice Hayden that he is a war veteran who deserves "some respect at my age".

"I am a veteran and I am due the respect of a veteran who wants to end his life in his home," he said at an earlier hearing," he said.

"I did six years in the Navy during the war. I think I deserve some respect at my age."

He told the judge: "I still have my senses. I know what I am doing. I am strong enough to look after myself."

Mr Justice Hayden says he will deliver a ruling in the near future.