Former senior Royal Marine, 55, who suffered a heart attack and developed ... trends now

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A former senior Royal Marine who suffered a heart attack and developed major depression after his 'relentless' and 'impossible' workload put him under stress is suing the Ministry of Defence for more than £500,000.

Warrant Officer Jimmy Mann, 55, served in the elite unit for more than 30 years and was placed in a job covering 'G1' or personnel matters for the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, (CTCRM) at Lympstone, Devon.

As well as handling around 1,300 recruits and 400 potential officers every year, the G1 role includes advising servicemen facing disciplinary proceedings and discharge from the services. 

MailOnline can reveal that Mr Mann is suing the MoD for more than half a million pounds after claiming that the workplace stress led to his depression and a week later a heart attack.

Mr Mann worked incessantly, taking his caseload home, and working outside his allotted hours, and had a sense of duty to complete the work, the writ states. He says he asked for extra support as his department was understaffed, but claims this was not forthcoming. 

An internal investigation accepted that Mr Mann's workload was routinely sensitive, complex, emotive and psychologically demanding, with a relentless pace and turnover, and his workload needed two people rather than one, according to his writ.

The MoD's own barrister, Commander Graeme Knox had warned in an email that Mr Mann's heart attack could be down to workplace stress. In another email, a senior Royal Navy barrister said of Mr Mann's heart attack: 'Any lawyer worth their salt could spin this into a successful claim for negligence which would result in substantial damages.'

Warrant Officer Jimmy Mann rose to the most senior non-commissioned officer rank and was appointed to the role of G1 advisor in 2012

Warrant Officer Jimmy Mann rose to the most senior non-commissioned officer rank and was appointed to the role of G1 advisor in 2012

Mr Mann (right). His role was described in an MoD document as being the 'the most demanding G1 appointment within the Royal Marines'

Mr Mann (right). His role was described in an MoD document as being the 'the most demanding G1 appointment within the Royal Marines'

Commander Knox described Mr Mann and his predecessor as: 'Hugely capable blokes who are both highly skilled in G1 administration… and both struggled to keep pace with the workload.

'Mr Mann's health clearly suffered from the demands placed upon him which could easily be attributed (should he unexpectedly seek to establish legal liability) to his workload'.

The document said: 'Furthermore, on a recent visit to CTCRM, I spoke with Mr Mann (after his return to work) and he was again working excessive hours in order to facilitate the throughput of discipline service complaints work.

Mr Mann served in the elite unit for more than 30 years

Mr Mann served in the elite unit for more than 30 years

'I appreciate that Mr Mann may have chosen to work such long hours through professional pride and his desire to do a good job, but in law, his line management have a

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