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32 Bn Royal Fusiliers cause of discharge


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Pte John Francis 53015 attested 2 Dec 1915 and joined Royal Fusiliers 29 Bn.  Transferred on Sept 1, 1916 to 10/105 where he was promoted Sgt on 6 Dec 16 and transferred as Sgt to RF 32nd Bn on 13 Dec 16.  The War Badge Roll show he was discharged 3 Aug 1917 due Sickness.  His scant records show he was discharged from 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol.   I downloaded the 32nd Bn war diary this morning hoping to find some indication of his illness but to no avail.    I would like to know what illness caused his discharge.  Can someone please help?

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2 possible avenues:

 

1) is there a pension card/ record for him?

2)  When did he die and what did he die of? Then backtrack to see if war related.  TB is an obvious example.  2nd Southern Gen.Hospital was a specialist surgical hospital-indicating some serious operation.

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I'm sorry I don't know anymore; Pension Records (Ancestry) consist of two pages Attestation and Description on Enlistment and I have failed to find a death.

 

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Have looked at his service record notice that his transfer on 1.9.16 is to 105th Training Reserve Battalion on 1.9.16.  This was the same date that 29th (Reserve) RF Bn was converted into 104 & 105 TR Btns, so no change of unit just title, and he would maybe have been an instructor, and a trusted soldier as gradually rose to acting Sgt in his year with the 29th RF/105th TR.

 

His illness may have originated in his service with the BEF, which was from 6.12.16 (when promoted to full Sgt on overseas posting),  to 14.4.17.   The 32nd R.F. had been in France from May 1916 & did not leave till Nov 1917.

 

On his service record on 15.4.17 I think its a D underneath the 32nd, so maybe posted to the battalion/regiments depot when he left France/arrived UK, standard practice I believe for a soldier in hospital.

 

Local newspapers may carry news of him, or the casualty lists.  I believe there are also military hospital records on find my past.

 

In 1917 his records were transferred to Chelsea so he may have claimed a pension from discharge, but I can't see a card in the index on ancestry.

 

 

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He has discharge papers in Fold3 which indicates serious gsw left thigh with an operation and skin grafting 1917. Cause of discharge is because of that.

Page 9 British Army WWI Pension Records - Fold3

George

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In the casualty record above he was suffering with Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (“PUO”) - meaning a high fever.

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From Fold3-thank you- a single page

 

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Many thanks one & all for your contributions of which I am truly grateful

 

Keep Safe

Merry Christmas and hopefully a better New Year.

 

Regards, Roy

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