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Madmeg

How strict were rules for convalescent officers?

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Madmeg

Hi

I have managed to find medical records for my Grandfather on FMP.

He is shown as at QAMH Millbank from 26/2/17 to 27/4/17, he was discharged to RFC Hsp (sic- I assume Royal Flying Corp Hospital (possibly at Reading???))

 

My problem is that I have photographs of my GF in Bournemouth taken during the spring of 1917.

The photos have now been dated to being between 10/4/17 and 24/4/17 or 11/5/17-15/5/17- however given the lack of foliage on trees in the background the earlier dates seem most likely.

 

Could convalescent officers leave the hospital and take themselves off on jollies? The trip to Bournemouth by train wouldn't have been too difficult, he had a "GSW to ankle and [something- presumed fracture] fibula". In some of the photographs he is using sticks. Were there any official trips to the seaside organised by the hospital? Or could he have been placed in a convalescent home (nearer Bournemouth) without it being recorded in the Hospital notes?

 

having a bit of a puzzle over this one I'd really like to work this out- it was in Bournemouth that he met my grandmother (to be)

 

 

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Heid the Ba

Carton de Wiart repeatedly took himself out the official medical chain entirely so there was some leeway.

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Madmeg

Thanks- De Wiart was a little bit higher up the pecking order than my 2nd Lt GF but obviously it was possible.

 

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Heid the Ba

I think he was only a lieutenant when he came back from Somaliland having lost his eye.  He certainly was no higher than a captain the first time he did it.

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Madmeg

My GF is shown with several other men at Bournemouth who also appear in photos outside some sort of meical facility- which I have not been aboe to ientify- from the pictures I can fin of QAMH Millbank it seem unlikely to have been that building- I'm guessing a convalescent facilty but it isn;t shown on his record- he was discharge to RFC Hsp (Royal fliying Corp Hopital?) but the other men weren't in the RFC so I'm guessing they were all together BEFORE then. His discharge was on the 27th Apr but the photos must have been taken between 10/4 and 24/4 as that is the only time when one of the other men was on leave (he was Awol 11/5-15/5 but i'm picking the earlier date)

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