Further to the kind help I recieved here with my query
regarding my Great Grandfather in the 'West Ham Pals',
I bring you the recently discovered sad tale of his Brother in Law...
Alfred James Stormey, Pte 177083, 328th Home Service Company, Labour Corps
He was 32 years old (12/12/85), 5ft 5in, and very deaf. I'm making the assumption that
his deafness may have been caused by his civvy job described as a platers improver at
an iron works. You never know, maybe it was even the Thames Iron Works, eh...
He served a total of approximately 1.5 years in the military,
his military character and conduct both regarded as good,
and then this:
Medical Report (B.179)
July 14th, 1917
Place of origin of disability: Lilbourne(?) near Rugby
"patient was quite healthy up to 9 months ago when he caught a chill while under canvas.
A result of ordinary military service. His condition has been gradually getting worse: coughing,
losing weight, perspiring at nights. Total incapacity at present. TB found in sputem."
He was officially discharged back to 2 James Place, off North Street
on 10/08/17, and his papers have a Military Pensions stamp of the
usually happy date 24th December 1917.
He died the same month at home with his mother.
I guess there were thousands just like Alfred James Stormey.
Could someone kindly explain the picture below?
His old unit appears crossed out and Essex added.
Many thanks and kind regards all
Some other questions:
1 - Were the symptoms of TB recognised quickly back then? Or regarded as "a chill"?
2 - Wouldn't it have been picked up at his initial medical if he was a carrier?
3 - Would he have been treated at a Military Hospital or a civilian one and
would that be local to where he was based or local to where he lived?
4 - Any information on the types of works done by the HomeService Labour Corps in general
and his unit in particular would be great