A pair of disabled brothers could be thrown out of the house they grew up in after their serviceman father and mother died of cancer within months of each other.

Clive Samson, 50, and his 49-year-old brother Peter, lost their father Geoffrey, a regular at the Gravesend branch of the Royal British Legion, to pancreatic cancer in December 2012.

Just five months after the former RAF serviceman passed away aged 73, his wife of more than 50 years, Yvonne, succumbed to breast cancer and lymphoma at the age of 72.

The tenancy of the Samsons' three-bed, semi-detached 1930s council house in Orchard Lea, Westwood Road in Betsham, near Southfleet, was in Mrs Samson’s name.

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With a picture of their parents Geoffrey and Yvonne Samson.

Clive applied to Dartford Council for the lease to pass on to the next generation but has been told he and Peter must pack-up and leave the family home as they now have a spare bedroom which the council feels other tenants could fill.

Clive, who has been unable to work for four years and struggles to walk because he suffers from arthritis and tendinosis, told News Shopper: "It would be devastating if we had to leave.

"The council just see two people have died and think ‘we want our house back’.

"It just seems pretty callous.

"They said they would look into it and do everything they could to help us stay here - ha ha."

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Peter has long suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia, and moving from the area would force him to give up the part time work he has in the village doing odd jobs for a family friend, David says.

The former mechanical engineer said: "We are still grieving and have a whole house of our parents’ things we haven’t even been through yet.

"I understand the council has a problem with not having enough properties but how does making our lives a misery help anyone?"

Greenhithe and Swanscombe Royal British Legion branch treasurer Graham Mentor-Morris said: "From a legion point of view we find it absolutely disgusting that two people of this age and disabled are likely to be ejected from the house where they have lived for all their lives.

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The young brothers at their childhood home.

"The fact that the family has lived there for 50 years ought to count for something."

A Dartford Council spokesman said: "Dartford Council's housing team are aware of Peter and Clive's needs and have offered some assistance and clear advice as to how we can help them.

"We are unable to discuss some other aspects of this case with anyone other than the tenants themselves but our first concern is to ensure they remain housed in a property suitable for them."