|5613 Pte. A. Broughton, Border Regiment.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Relief of Ladysmith.
Wounded in action Venters Spruit 20 January
1900 & invalided.
With a CD-ROM containing 184 pages of
pension invalidity papers and a photocopy of
the medal roll page. Albert Broughton enlisted
at Burnley 9 October 1897 aged 20.
Occupation weaver. A medical report in
September 1900 stated that he received a
bullet wound just below the right side of his
nose, the bullet passing through the left side of
the roof of his mouth and exiting four inches
below his left ear. He was unable to stand erect
or with his feet together and had pain the full
length of his spine. He also suffered pain the
front of his head, was slightly deaf and had a
Admitted to Wynberg Hospital 6 February
1900. Discharged 14 days later and invalided to
England. Admitted to Netley Hospital 14 March
1900 and discharged eight days later.
Discharged medically unfit for further service
at Fermoy 15 November 1900. A medical report
in February 1901 stated that his condition was
unchanged, with no progression to recovery, and
permanent. His disability was assessed at 75%.
Volunteered for service in the First World War but was rejected on health grounds. In February
1921 he claimed he had lost £33 in the Farrow Bank crash. In July 1923 it was noted that he was
ill in bed suffering from loss of memory and partial paralysis of both hands and feet, these
symptoms being considered due to his gunshot wound. A medical report in August 1923 stated
that he had gone to London where he spent ten days but could not remember anything of his stay.
His symptoms and confused state were considered strongly suggestive of epileptic amnesia. His
disability was assessed at 20%. In September 1923 he was admitted to the Ministry of Pensions
Hospital in Bath for 16 days after having fits and hysteria attacks although the medical report
on discharge did not consider his current condition to be caused by his wound. He had recently
worked as a money collector but a sum belonging to his employers was unaccounted for. He
claimed memory loss and although his employers dismissed him they did not prosecute on health
By the late 1920s he had been reduced to hawking shampoo and other small items door to door as
his condition prevented him from finding full time employment. When writing to complain about an
increase in pension denied to him, he stated that his wife had been very ill with heart disease for
most of 1930 and that she had finally died in December that year. Because of his wife’s illness he
had hardly earned anything from hawking but had not kept any accounts. He had had to sell his
house to pay off his debts although he still owed £28/10/-. He clearly felt that the authorities
and the public did not care about ex-soldiers disabled before the First World War. Died of
heart failure brought on by coronary heart disease at City Hospital, Plymouth 5 December 1947