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24 January 2024 | Witness Appeals | Article by Lynn Yeates

Witness Appeal: Did you work at J I Thornycroft in Southampton

Lynn Yeates, partner in the Specialist Asbestos team has been instructed by the son Andrew Halladay whose father Ronald Halladay has died from an asbestos related disease – namely mesothelioma.

We believe that Mr. Andrew’s father, Mr Ronald Halladay was exposed to asbestos whilst working for J I Thornycroft (subsequently Vosper Thornycroft) in Southampton which was a major shipbuilding/repairing firm in the area and one of Southampton’s largest employers during the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s. The late Ronald Halladay was employed by them as a machinist between approximately 1953 and 1961.


Mr Ronald’s son is now appealing for help from someone who worked at Vosper Thornycroft both at the Woolston Yard and Southampton docks at the same time as his father who can provide information as to the type of work that the late Mr Halladay undertook and how he would have encountered asbestos.

Anyone who worked with Mr Mr Ronald, or who worked for the J I Thornycroft (subsequently Vosper Thornycroft) in Southampton in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s, who has information regarding asbestos exposure should contact Lynn Yeates at Hugh James on 02920 391 100.

Armed with the experience and specialist knowledge that is required for this complex area, Hugh James has helped thousands of people who have been either injured or developed an illness as a result of their work.

Anyone that worked with Mr. Halladay or who worked at J I Thornycroft , Southampton in the 1950’s/1960’s , who has information regarding asbestos exposure should contact us on: 01223 660 206

Author bio

Lynn Yeates


Lynn Yeates joined Hugh James in April 2021 and is a Partner in the Specialist Asbestos team based in the Southampton office. She specialises solely in asbestos disease litigation and has a long history of representing victims of asbestos exposure and their families.

Lynn has considerable experience working on complex, high value compensation claims and has strong links with medical specialists, palliative care providers, support organisations and barristers. She has in excess of 15 years’ experience working solely with people diagnosed with illnesses such as mesothelioma and other serious asbestos related illnesses.

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