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October 1957

Miner had silicosis - was only 40
   Although only 40 years old, former colliery ripper Edward Hare was in receipt of a 100 per cent disability pension for pneumoconiosis, a Wigan inquest heard today.
   Hare, of 22 Roach-green, Whelley, died from silicosis, said consultant pathologist Dr. J. Schrager. The dead man had worked in coal mines for 25 years.
   "I haven't received the report of the Pneumoconiosis Medical Panel, but Dr. Schrager's evidence leaves no doubt in my mind that this is one more of a series of terrible cases", said the coroner, Mr. J. Hopwood Sayer.
   "I am fully persuaded that the cause of death in this case was an industrial disease," he added.
   Mr. J. Hammond, who appeared on behalf of the NUM and the dead man's relatives, commented: "It strikes me as a very young age to get the disease as emphatically as this."
   "It was usually men in their 50s and 60s who had it. This man must have had it before he was 40," said Mr. Hammond.

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