12 January 2009
Veteran to take injury claim against MoD to high court
A man who claims he suffered injuries as a result of witnessing nuclear testing is to take his legal case to the high court this month, it has emerged.
According to reports in the Lancashire Evening Post, George Harrison was stationed on Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia, when he saw one atomic bomb and two hydrogen bomb tests.
Just over ten years ago, the 73-year-old World War II veteran developed a skin complaint and he is currently being treated by specialists for a number of other health problems.
He said: "It's about time it was settled after all these years.
"We have lost a lot of blokes earlier than they should have gone. I'm one of the lucky ones."
Mr Harrison alleges that he and his colleagues were treated like "guinea pigs" by the MoD - which has an annual budget that exceeds £32 billion.
The MoD, however, denies liability in the case.