My father-in-law joined the Royal Engineers aged 15.

All the time I’ve known him, he and his fellow recruits from that intake met each year in Pontefract for a reunion.

As of this year, there are only two or three still alive.

Grandad has suffered for years with skin cancer. His son and daughter and my son all have psoriasis. All three of his children have mild to severe medical problems.

He was on Christmas Island in 1958. Years ago, those who were there got together to sue the M.O.D. for their medical problems. The M(inistry) O(f) D(efence) denied all liability.

This is absolute LIVING HISTORY TRUTH.


Grandad is now 83 and failing. From the age of 15 to 65 he served Queen and Country. Now they ignore him. He was just a stupid, innocent, loyal test subject from long ago.