Remembering Ronald Maddison (23 January 1933 – 6 May 1953) [Porton Down]

“Nerve agents including Sarin and VX are manufactured by the British Government in Porton Down, just 8 miles from where Sergei Skripal was attacked. The official British government story is that these nerve agents are only manufactured to help develop effective medical countermeasures and to test systems.”

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray

Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddison

Ronald George Maddison was a twenty-year-old Royal Air Force engineer who died as the result of exposure to nerve agents while acting as a voluntary test subject at Porton Down, in Wiltshire, England. The British government finally consented to an inquest into his death, half a century after the event. In 2004 the inquest decided that he had been ‘unlawfully killed’ by his own government. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Ronald Maddison, an RAF engineer from Co Durham, was just 20 when he signed up for one of the hundreds of experiments carried out at the ‘military science park’ of Porton Down, in May 1953.

“Assured that he was in no danger, he was guided into a gas chamber with five other test subjects, dressed in oversized overalls, woollen hats and respirators for protection.

Scientists applied twenty drops of liquid to two layers of cloth used in uniforms, serge and flannel, which had been taped to the inside of his forearm.

Just hours later the hapless volunteer was dead, the victim of the most severe case of nerve gas poisoning ever recorded in the western world.

He had been exposed to Sarin, a deadly nerve agent that is now classified by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction.

Ambulance driver Alfred Thornhill, who was 19 years old at the time of Maddison’s death, spoke as an eyewitness at the inquest into his death.

‘I had never seen anyone die before and what that lad went through was absolutely horrific,’ he told the inquest.

‘It was like he was being electrocuted, his whole body was convulsing.

‘The skin was vibrating and there was all this terrible stuff coming out of his mouth…it looked like frogspawn.’

He added: ‘I saw his leg rise up from the bed and I saw his skin begin turning blue. It started from the ankle and started spreading up his leg.

‘It was like watching somebody pouring a blue liquid into a glass, it just began filling up.

‘It was like watching something from outer space and then one of the doctors produced the biggest needle I had ever seen.

‘The sister saw me gawping and told me to get out.’

In payment for the trial that killed him, Maddison was offered 15 shillings and three-day leave pass. He had planned to use the money to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend.

In 2004 the inquest decided that he had been ‘unlawfully killed’ by his own government, and two years later his family received £100,000 in compensation.

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Secret files: Porton Down

REFERENCES

Ronald Maddison — Wikipedia

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Remembering Ronald Maddison (23 January 1933 – 6 May 1953) [Porton Down]

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