War hero backs fair deal for disfigured soldier

A British soldier burnt so severely during a Taliban ambush that he "died" three times has been awarded less than £100,000 compensation.

L/Cpl Martyn Compton, a member of the Household Cavalry, suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of his body when he was trapped in flaming body armour after being set alight in an armoured vehicle in southern Afghanistan.

His heart stopped three times and he lost his ears and nose.

Simon Weston, the former Welsh Guardsman who was severely burnt in combat during the Falklands conflict, has denounced the award as "scandalous".

L/Cpl Compton, a 24-year-old, from Staplehurst, Kent, would have been given £366,875 if his injuries were each paid at the full rate but Ministry of Defence rules mean he only receives the maximum amount for the worst injury.

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