WW1 wounded soldiers

Started by: hilly (76)

Can anyone help with a query, please ?

When a soldier is badly wounded, and subsequently discharged from the army, how long did this procedure take ?

Background - my grandfather went to France with the South Lancashire Regiment in 1915. He was shot through the arm, lost the use of the limb, and was medically discharged in May 1918. When, approximately, is he likely to have been wounded ?

I understand all cases were individual, but does anyone know a rough timeline that could assist me in my research ?

Started: 3rd May 2015 at 20:36

Posted by: grandmas (594)

The Diaries are available now on and if you live in the Borough can be viewed online at any Library or The Museum of Wigan Life.
There were lots of Battalions in the Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) so you would need to know which one he belonged to.

Replied: 5th May 2015 at 21:23

Posted by: baker boy (15574)

got his service number ?

Replied: 8th May 2015 at 19:56

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

Not sure if this helps, My grandfathers service record states he was posted to France on 19/9/1914. it doesn't give the date of injury but he was transferred from the field hospital to Hospital Yacht Albion on 26/10/1914 and transfered to Queen Alexandra Hospital London. He was discharged from military service "No longer fit for war service" on 20/4/1915

Replied: 9th May 2015 at 22:29

Posted by: hilly (76)

Yes, thank you. that's the sort of info I'm after. I know that the longest period between injury and discharge is eighteen months, but it's trying to get an average that seems to be difficult. May I ask - what was your grandfather's injury ?


Replied: 10th May 2015 at 21:00

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

Grandad had a gun shot / shrapnel injury that entered just under the angle of his right jaw bone and lodged in his brain. Obviously surgery to remove it was impossible at that time and so he just lived with it. He died in 1956

Replied: 11th May 2015 at 20:37
Last edited by geraldine long: 12th May 2015 at 17:27:58

Posted by: hilly (76)

Thank you. This is very helpful. My Grandad's injury was severe - he lost the use of his arm - so it seems reasonable at this stage to assume his time to discharge was similar to your Grandfather's, about six months. The reason I'm investigating is that I know my Grandad fought throughout 1916, and it now appears he fought through 1917 as well. I can follow his battalion history and add this to our family history. Thanks for taking the time to reply,



Replied: 12th May 2015 at 18:22

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

Glad to be able to help ,
I was lucky enough to be able to get all granddads service history including that from the Boer war (he enlisted under a false identity being under age) from ancestry but I believe a lot of early records where lost in the fire following the building they were stored in being bombed in WW2. I have his medals from both wars and a couple of photographs from his time in Queen Alexandra's hospital

Replied: 12th May 2015 at 20:27

Posted by: JM_Wigan (126) 

Could I ask, how did you fine out what his identity was ie it was ealse. I'm having trouble locating my great grandfather also as he lied about his age to join so I am assuming now that he also mybe lied about his identity.
James Marsh

Replied: 14th May 2015 at 08:23

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

I have his medals from both wars and the inscriptions on the side edges had different names, this initially made me think one set of medals were not his, however once I found his service records on ancestry the names were cross referenced on both sets of records. Apparently he was granted an amnesty for WW1 service for having lied on oath when signing up for Boer war. Hope this makes sense. Geraldine

Replied: 14th May 2015 at 15:32

Posted by: david dunlop (131)


If your relative had a middle name, try searching with the full name, first name and middle initial, middle name only with last name. Also, three sets of war records are generally available to search: the Enlistment/Service Record, the Pension Record (severe wounds were evaluated to determine qualification for this pension) and Awards and Decoration Cards. If you have the war medals, his service number should be on the edge of the medal. You can use that number to search along with just his last name. The cards will have his Regiment, Rank at end of service and the years served, not much else, but are the most likely to have survived the WW2 Blitz Fire as they were stored in a different location from the Service Records. You may get a number of pages of possible hits. Take the time to check them all, You will start to see a repetitive search pattern emerge on an alphabetical basis and his name may pop up.

His birthdate, and location, will be a big help as well if a lot of similar names show up.

Good luck!


Replied: 30th May 2015 at 02:16

Posted by: jo anne (33741) 

Some may already know of the online Wigan and Leigh WW1 Archive, but I've just learned of it due to a post by Frazhm on General - Thread.

"an excellent site for pictures of relatives who were missing or killed, I have found three of previously unseen family members"

Replied: 26th Jun 2015 at 10:14


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