|813 Tpr. E. Boyes, Bethune’s Mounted Infantry
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith
Severely wounded in action Vryheid 20 May 1900, taken prisoner Newcastle 21
July 1900 & invalided.
With a CD-ROM containing 52 pages of pension invalidity and service documents
and a photocopy of the medal roll page. Edward Boyes enlisted 30 December 1899
giving his next of kin as Mrs. L. Child, 11 Hadland Street, Rotherhithe, London SE.
Wounded in the right thigh, hip shoulder and chest. A medical report dated 3
November 1900 assessed his degree of disability at 75% and recommended his
discharge from the army.
Discharged medically unfit for further service at Cape Town 3 December 1900. A
medical report dated 7 January 1902 stated that although he no effects from the
wound to his shoulder and chest he had a large scar on the upper and outer side of
his right thigh and hip with much wasting and loss of power to the leg. His degree
of disability was assessed at 75%. A further medical report dated 14 January
1903 stated that he had great loss of power and atrophy of the muscles in his right
leg together with a loss of sensitivity.
A subsequent medical report dated 21 August 1919 stated that he had extensive
superficial scarring with some adhesion plus 1 inch wasting of the thigh and 1½
inches wasting of the calf. Another medical report dated 15 July 1920 confirmed
much of the previous findings but added that he had a drop foot and the wasting of
his thigh was now 1½ inches and his calf 1¾ inches. His degree of disability was
reassessed at 40%. Died at Brook Hospital, Shooter’s Hill 12 May 1943.