A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

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    qsamike
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    A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by qsamike on Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:12 pm

    Good Morning Gentlemen......

    Just rec'd this medal and the service documents.....

    Very interesting reading of his medical reports, must have had some expensive fun when he arrived in England.....

    I have deleted the names to protect the innocent......

    Mike



    LIEUTENANT *********
    151ST BATTALION CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
    (LATE 19TH ALBERTA DRAGOONS)


    Lieutenant ********* was born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, on 3rd April 1885 (service papers give father's name and address as John ********* of Cuckoo Hill, Cahir, Co. Tipperary).

    He enlisted at Edmonton South, Alberta, on 8/12/1915 and on 13/12/1915 was posted for service with the 151st Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. At the time of enlistment ********* was 30 years of age, and gave his trade as that of accountant with the Canadian Bank of Commerce, and stated that he had previously seen service with the 19th Alberta Dragoons.

    ********* was commissioned Lieutenant 151st Battalion C.E.F. on 22nd December 1915.  He embarked for overseas service at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 27th September 1916, disembarking at Liverpool on 5th October 1916. On disembarking, ********* was posted to Shorncliffe. Two months later, on 6th December 1916, he was hospitalised with a serious case of venereal gonorrhoea, the effects of which were so devastating that they rendered him completely unfit for active service. Despite extensive medical treatment at a series of military hospitals in England during the next 10 months, ********* remained unfit for active service.

    As a result Lieutenant ********* voluntarily relinquished his commission with effect from 31st October 1917, and was subsequently invalided back to Canada and out of the Canadian army. ******** did not see active service during the First World War, and since his brief stint in England represented his only overseas service, the British War Medal was his sole medal entitlement.

    From Canadian Bank of Commerce Service Book:

    Born 3rd April 1935 at Cuckoo Hill, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.  Educated at High School, Clonmel and Albert College, Glasnevin.  Entered the service of the Bank 12th December 1911.  Enlisted December 1915 from The Strathcona branch, in 150st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private.  Transferred to 11th reserve Battalion, promoted Lieutenant January 1916, not on active service on account  of being medically unfit.  Engaged in recruiting service.  Subsequent occupation – farming in Ireland.

    From C.E.F. Medical Records:

    Estimated Infection:  1st December, 1916
    Admitted to Hospital:  6th December 1916

    Treatment:

    Irrigation Pot. Permang. And 1% Nitrate of Silver injection.  After about three weeks treatment uretha got very sore and had to give up all treatment for three weeks.

    Prostatis developed 25th December 1916.  Slight synovitis of Knee with swelling of subcural bursa., 1st February.  General rheumatic condition.  6th March acute prostatitis, dysuria 8th March 1917.  20th May both testicles swollen and tender.  7th June 1917 left Epididymitis Dysuria, 13th June 1917, general Septic Gonorrhoeal condition.  About 1st July transferred to Connaught Hospital Aldershot.  Treatment there:  Injection of pot permag twice daily.  Developed right epididymitis about 10th July 1917.

    Have been treated with pot perming silver nitrate, potargol Hypertonic-saline solution, vaccines, Harve strain and personal massage.

    Have had prostrate massage from time to time.

    Dilation of anterior uretha to .35 inches.

    Have had trouble from difficulty of retaining urine for any time owing apparently from inflammation of enterance to bladder.  Urine was very thick for a long time but has improved.

    MEDICAL DISCHARGE STATEMENT

    Disease:  Gonorrhoea with Gonorrhoeal Rheumatism Knee Joint

    Admitted to hospital on the 24.7.17 with discharge from urethra in which Gonorrhoeal Rheumatism of the right knee joint which was considered swollen and painful.

    He has been on Pot Permanganate Irragator and Prostrate Massage.
    Discharge cleared up but Knee Joint despite immobilisation in splints and administration of Vaccine, still is considerably swollen.

    Gonorrhoea is cured, but knee is not sufficiently recovered to resume Active Military Duties.

    Gonococci – Posture

    Signed:  Captain RAMC

    Cannaught Hospital
    Aldershot
    29th September 1917



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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by qsamike on Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:16 pm

    Tried to send pictures but they did not come through......

    Mike

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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by Ian B on Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:30 pm

    Hate to point this out to you Mike. However, you might have missed deleting this fellow's surname in Line 2 of Para 4 in his Military CV ( "H-------- did not see active service...."). Unless 'H--------' refers to someone else?

    And I thought my Great-Grandfather had it rough getting the boot from the CEF in 1917 for being too old at 57!!

    Ian

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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by qsamike on Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:46 pm

    Thanks Ian......

    Corrected......

    A here both She Who Must be Obeyed and I both read it several times......

    It was painful just writing out the treatment......

    Mike

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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by pylon1357 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:30 pm

    Maybe I am a bit of a sadist, but I actually enjoyed reading about the Lieutenant and his self inflicted medical woes.

    I assume the medal is simple named with his rank, initials and surname, with no Battalion marked on the medal??


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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by qsamike on Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:54 pm

    Yes..... Rank, Initials and Name.....

    Wonder if he would get a medical pension.....

    Mike

    pylon1357 wrote:Maybe I am a bit of a sadist, but I actually enjoyed reading about the Lieutenant  and his self inflicted medical woes.

    I assume the medal is simple named with his rank, initials and surname, with no Battalion marked on the medal??

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    Re: A Not So Honourable Lieutenant

    Post by Tankermike on Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:59 am

    Obviously did not use the C broad arrow issued sheep skin trojan....

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