Various Newspaper & TV Items
Britain's nuclear test veterans ARE the victims of a genetic curse, new research reveals.
18th October 2014
After six-decades of denial research at the University of Liverpool has proven some of the service-men ordered to watch bomb tests during the Cold War could have passed deadly radiation onto their children.
Scientists have finally confirmed that Britain’s nuclear veterans ARE the victims of a genetic curse.
After six decades of denial it has been proven many service-men ordered to watch bomb tests during the Cold War passed on the effects of deadly radiation to their children.
NUCLEAR VICTIMS: Son backs fund for veteran radiation victims of British Christmas Island tests.
5th November 2014
THE son of a veteran who died because of exposure to nuclear test blasts has backed plans for a benevolent fund to be established.
British Nuclear Test Veterans Association chairman Nigel Heaps, from Castle Donington, made the comments after it emerged nine political parties were backing moves for the fund.
In 2012, an inquest ruled Mr Heaps's father, Derek, died partly due to radiation exposure while working as an engineer in the RAF on Christmas Island.
RAF airman who stood and watched H-bomb tests in his shorts fears he has passed rare radiation-linked brain conditions to his grandson.
26th January 2014
An RAF veteran who watched nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s while wearing just shorts fears he may have passed radiation-related illnesses to his grandson.
Stanley Macdonald, 75, witnessed three H-bomb tests carried out at the Maralinga test site in the south Australian desert.
The senior aircraftman stood on a concrete runway and watched the mushroom clouds caused by the devastating thermonuclear devices.
Jessie Boylan: Maralinga 60 Years On
Jessie Boylan – July 2012
We arrive at Maralinga late afternoon on the 9th of November 2011. It’s nearly a full moon; sort of eerie, just strange mostly.
Using the old phone box at the gate, we call the caretaker Robin and his partner Della who eventually come down and let us in through the gates.
We follow his truck along the old Maralinga road, and into the remnants of the Maralinga village, once host to over 10,000 servicemen over eleven years.
Middlesbrough woman campaigns for justice for nuclear test veterans and their families
9th January 2014
THE daughter of a nuclear bomb test veteran who believes she has inherited genetic diseases is campaigning to help other families who could also have been passed the toxic legacy.
Shelly Grigg recently celebrated her 49th birthday but has been told by a doctor that she has the bones of an 80-year-old.
Like the offspring of thousands of other unsuspecting servicemen who were sent to Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s and 60s, her health has been blighted which, she thinks, is as direct result of the radiation poisoning he endured.
Britain’s nuclear test veterans fight for justice
5th April 2014
An estimated 22,000 military personnel served at Britain’s nuclear tests in the central Pacific in the late 1950s.
Servicemen who observed the explosions from Christmas Island say they had no protective gear, but were ordered to turn their backs and cover their faces with their hands. Some reported the flash was so bright they could see their bones through closed eyes, like an x-ray. Others were knocked down by the blast and burned by the heat.
Combat engineer Ken McGinley (founder of the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association) said that afterwards he was ordered to clean up piles of dead birds and bomb debris. Men went swimming in the lagoon, ate fish they caught in the blast zone, and drank rainwater collected in tarpaulins – oblivious to any risk from radioactive fallout.
Justice for nuke vets campaign: Kids inherit nuclear bomb curse but UK fails to recognise their plight
22nd December 2013
A woman crippled by genetic disease from her H-bomb test victim dad is campaigning to help other affected children and grandchildren.
Shelly Grigg and the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association are fighting for recognition for descendants of men poisoned by radiation fallout.
Backed by the Sunday Mirror and 80 MPs, the campaigners also want the Government to recognise the sacrifice made by the thousands ordered to watch the explosions during the Cold War.