A man from the UK who worked at an underground site used by the Ministry of Defence for the storage of weapons and as a bunker died from asbestos related cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos at the site, according to a recent report. Maurice Bilby died last year, aged eighty one, from the asbestos related disease mesothelioma.

According to reports Mr Bilby worked as a carpenter, and from 1952 was required to work at the underground site in Corsham. This is where he is said to have contracted the disease following exposure to asbestos, and for the last three years of his life he was confined to his bed.

His widow stated: “He worked there on and off for 10 years. He said it was very dusty because they were grinding stone down there. I didn’t know much about what he was doing because the Official Secrets Act prevented him from discussing it. He mentioned to me that there was asbestos down in the quarries.”

She went on to state: “He continued to come home covered in wood dust and he was a heavy smoker, getting through 20 a day. Just after he had built us a bungalow he started having problems with his lungs. I told him that if he gave up smoking he would be alright but he carried on. As the years went by it got worse and worse until he had to retire in the 1980s. His health got worse and he became bedridden. He gave up smoking in 2003 because it became too much.”

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