[code][/code]My Dad enlisted with the Manchester Regiment in 1929 aged 15 (Bandboy), Medical records show him fit for duty “Anywhere in the world”. He was discharged being medically unfit after an accident in December 1936, with only the back pay he was owed.
His accident was during a sports afternoon, when, someone practising throwing the hammer, released it either too soon or too late and it hit my Dad in the side of his head, almost killing him but, leaving him totally deaf after months in hospital.
Reading the reports, the army found that he was partly to blame (even though he was stood with the NCO in charge at the time), because he was standing in the wrong place ??
He was told because of this, and because it was a sports afternoon, he had no right to a pension or compensation.
The accident happened in Khartoum and he was shipped back to York for treatment. He received no visits off the regiment and when fit enough to be discharged from hospital, was un-ceremonially given the order of the boot.
The remainder of his life being totally deaf, he was at a disadvantage when it came to getting work, had the usual disadvantages of deaf persons (Everyone has to shout at you as if you are an idiot and you get the usual nickname of “Deafy”).
At some time in the 1950's, he played Euphonium in Besses O' Th' Barn Brass Band. I asked him as how he couldn't hear anything, he managed it. Being a bandsman, he could read music and he also had his own mouthpiece from his military band days. His answer was he could feel the vibration of the drum, mind you, I think it was the band club bar that attracted him.
A few attempts were made to get him a disablement pension but were always rejected. When he reached the age of 89 one of my sisters got the British Legion to take up his case, and when he was 90, he was awarded a lump sum and a weekly pension.
At that age the money was of little use to him or my mother and he died at the age of 92, shortly after my mother.
What a difference it might have made if they had had a pension earlier in their lives.
Brian "Solly" Moulton
If it's not broke ........ Mess about with it, until it is !!
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