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A Hampshire man exposed to asbestos through his work on warships has died from mesothelioma, an inquest has heard.

74-year-old David Barclay from Stubbington died in February at a local hospice.

The inquest heard that Mr Barclay had contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust through his work on HMS Bulwark in the 1970s. He was working as an electrical engineer and was also exposed in the 1960s while working on HMS Victorious.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer almost always caused by work-related exposure to asbestos. It occurs when toxic chemicals create a thickening of the lining of the lungs, which is also known as the pleura, and this develops into a tumor.

At the inquest into Mr Barclay’s death, held at Winchester Coroner’s Court, Hampshire deputy coroner Simon Burge concluded that his death was ‘asbestos-related’ and as a result of epithelioid malignant mesothelioma.

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