THE family of a joiner who died from the fatal asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma are appealing for witnesses to establish where he was exposed to the deadly dust.

George Charlesworth, who worked at Eton College and Windsor Castle in the 1950s and 1960s died aged 79 in November last year and started to suffer from a number of debilitating symptoms including nausea, back pain, weight loss and a persistent cough in the autumn of 2013.

Mr Charlesworth's daughter, Julie, said: “My dad was a wonderful, dedicated and hardworking man who really enjoyed his job.

"He was always so active, so to watch him deteriorate so quickly was incredibly hard – even more so when we learnt after he had passed away that he had been suffering from mesothelioma."

Mr Charlesworth's symptoms were mistakenly thought to be as a result of a car crash he had been involved in earlier in the year.

It wasn't until the Coroner ordered a post-mortem that it was revealed that he had been suffering from mesothelioma and bronchopneumonia, and that his death was the result of an industrial disease.

Mr Charlesworth's career took him to locations all over the country, including Berkshire where he worked for Wells Joiners in Windsor during the 1950s Industrial disease law experts Leigh Day are helping the family to undertake a legal battle for justice.

Miss Charlesworth added: “We are hopeful that his workmates from across the country will get in touch to help us with our investigation into how, when and where he was exposed to asbestos in a bid to understand whether his illness could have been prevented.

“Any information could prove vital in achieving justice for my dad.”

The family are now appealing for witnesses to contact their legal team with any information they might have with regards to Mr Charlesworth’s working conditions.

If you have any information that could help Mr Charlesworth's family's appeal, email Helen Ashton on or call 01613933544.