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Pension for nuclear testing widow
Roy Prescott
Roy Prescott received compensation from the US Government
A widow whose husband campaigned for a military pension has been granted his wish, three months after he died.

Roy Prescott of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, died of lung cancer in September. He said his cancer was caused by nuclear testing.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said there was no proof but now a pensions tribunal has ruled Mrs Prescott should get a military war pension.

Mr Prescott was on national service during testing on Christmas Island.

In 1962, he watched 36 nuclear tests in 11 weeks whilst on the island in the South Pacific.

In July, the US government agreed to pay 40,000 under the US Radiation Exposure Compensation Act for his illness following the nuclear tests.

But the MoD has always said there was not enough evidence the tests caused the 66-year-old's illness.

However the Pensions Appeal Tribunal ruled on Friday that his illness could have been caused by the testing.




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