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A woman is to receive £76,250 in damages from the Ministry of Defence after her father died as a result of asbestos exposure while working onboard naval ships in Portsmouth.

Leslie Elwall, 85, died two years ago after developing mesothelioma as a direct result of coming into contact with asbestos when he worked on board ships including HMS Ark Royal and HMS Albion.

His daughter, Irene Morris, of Bath brought the compensation claim on her father’s behalf after his death.

The family’s solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, of Swindon law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall, said that although Mr Elwall worked on naval ships he was still able to make a claim for compensation because he was a civilian.

She said: ‘Unfortunately there is Crown immunity for members of the armed forces who are not allowed to bring claims for exposure to asbestos, however Mr Elwall was a civilian which is why his daughter was able to make a claim on behalf of his estate.’

Mr Elwall joined the MOD in Bath in 1947 to work as a draughtsman and technical officer.

His job meant he had to live on board ships moored in Portsmouth for weeks at a time. The ships were often being refitted which meant asbestos lagging on cylinders and boilers was exposed.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Support group provides support for families of asbestos sufferers. To contact it call 01793 813616.