Marine with ill wife faces eviction from home

AN ARBROATH Marine who gave up fighting on the front line for an armed forces desk job so he could care for his cancer-stricken wife could be set to lose his home in the town.

David Millard who has served in the Royal Marines for 30 years, and has taken part in several overseas tours, lives with his family in East Muirlands Road in a home owned by the Ministry of Defence.

However when his wife, Wendy, fell seriously ill in 2006 with a cancer that caused her spine to start to crumble, he took a position in a military recruitment office so he could be closer to her and their two children Mollie (11) and Cameron (9).

Their home in the town was then specially adapted to help Mrs Millard which included installing a special bathroom and stairlift as well as kitchen fittings.

And just two years ago Mollie and Cameron were honoured by winning a Children of Courage award for the role they play in helping to look after their sick mum.

But now the MoD have started legal action to have the family evicted claiming Marine Millard’s contract as a recruitment officer means he cannot stay in the home he was given while on the front line.

A civil summary cause case, taken in the name of Lord Wallace of Tankerness against David Millard was called at Arbroath Sheriff Court on Monday.

The couple did not attend the hearing and the case was continued until October.

If the application by the MoD is granted, it would then give the family just 28 days to move out of their home.

A spokesman for the MoD said: “MoD properties in the local area are for entitled service personnel.

“The MoD has a duty to ensure members of the armed forces and their families are provided with suitable accommodation to meet their specific requirements.

“This particular property is subject to an ongoing court case and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”