Nuclear test victims to meet with Defence Secretary in major step forward for medal campaignGavin Williamson agrees to meet with the man who suffered cancer and watched his children come down with illnesses after being made a “guinea pig”20:48, 8 JUL 2018Updated20:55, 8 JUL 2018Nuclear test veteran John Ward, who will meet the Defence Secretary, with wife Margarette and their daughter Denise (Image: Ben Lack Photography Ltd) Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA victim of Britain’s nuclear tests has written an open letter to Defence Secretary Gavin ahead of a historic meeting today.Mr Williamson has agreed to meet test heroes to hear their case for recognition.He is the first defence minister to do so in more than 30 years of campaigning.Ex RAF clerk John Ward, who witnessed three A bombs and two H bombs, suffered cancer and watched his children struggle with illness, has asked the Secretary of State to finally honour the nation’s debt to the survivors.He writes: “The H bombs were 100 times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”I now believe we were nothing but guinea pigs.”What does Novichok look like? Horrifying truth behind deadly nerve agent as Amesbury victims fight for lifeMr Ward, 81, has suffered from bladder cancer and his son Mark had part of a kidney removed due to a tumour.But his daughter Denise, 56, causes him most concern.He describes her as “a medical mess” and says she lost most of her teeth.She has had “14 years of fertility treatment, a hysterectomy, a dysfunctional pancreas. And problems with her stomach and bowels”.Mr Ward, of Chesterfield, Derbys, writes: “Denise has to take 43 pig enzyme tablets every day in order to eat and has suffered severe depression. I hope you will be able to get veterans recognised.”Ours is the only nuclear power not to do so.”Shoko Asahara, founder of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinri Kyo, executed along with other membersOf 22,000 men who took part in the British tests in Australia and the South Pacific between 1952 and 1967, 1,500 are thought to be alive.Days after the Mirror launched a campaign for veterans to receive medals, Mr Williamson agreed to meet them..
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