£1million personal injury compensation is being paid out by the Ministry of Defence, to three families of people who died from the asbestos related illness Mesothelioma.
It was reported by The Mirror, the only one of the victims to be named was Richard Rouse, who was a soldier that died at the age of fifty three.
It was said that as a child he lived on an RAF base in Essex, where he used to play hide and seek in cupboard which contained pipes that were insulated with asbestos and also used to sleep next to a radiator that was also covered in the substance.
Mesothelioma, is a severe form of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, but takes years after inhaling the toxic fibres for any symptoms to occur.
Mr Rouse, was exposed the asbestos dust again during his time as a soldier before he left the army after thirty three years in 2005. He sadly died in 2008 because of the deadly disease.
The MoD denied liability for the exposure but in court it was ruled in favour of the families of the victims. Mr Rouse’s widow has since received a six figure personal injury compensation payout.