20 April 2009
Veteran seeks compensation over nuclear test exposure
A man who served for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean in the 1950s when nuclear bombs were tested is seeking compensation.
Archie Ross alleges that he and two further generations of his family have suffered ill health as a result of his exposure to radiation, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.
The 74-year-old has to have surgery every three months to remove skin growing in front of his eyes.
His daughter, Julie, who is now 49 years old, was born with a series of deformities, with a finger that was too long and an arm that was twice the size of a normal one. She also suffers from chest problems.
Meanwhile, her son, Jacob Howes, was born with Down's syndrome.
Mr Ross is among a group of former service men who were present for the Christmas Island tests and who are awaiting a high court ruling as to whether the MoD has a legal case to answer.
He said: "Without any doubt I believe Julie's deformities and [Jacob's] condition are down to me being exposed on Christmas Island."