|246 Pte. F. Church, Coldstream Guards.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Belmont.
Wounded in action Belmont 23 November 1899.
With a CD-ROM containing 51 pages of pension invalidity documents, a photocopy of the
medal roll page and a Queen Victoria 1900 chocolate tin. Francis Church enlisted 16
September 1895 at Frome aged 19. Born Writhlington, Somerset. Occupation miner.
In 1895 and 1896 had three entries in the defaulter book for being in bad order on parade
and slovenly on sentry duty. Sustained bullet wounds in his right thumb, requiring
amputation, and his right thigh. The bullet in his thigh was never extracted. Admitted to
No.1 General Hospital, Wynberg 26 November 1899 and transferred to S.S. Majestie for
embarkation to England 17 January 1900.
Admitted to Netley Hospital 2 February 1900. A medical examination in June 1901 stated
that he had considerable pain in his thigh, that it was permanent and that it was nearly equal
to the loss of a limb. His disability was assessed at 50%. A medical examination in
September 1919 assessed his disability at 40%. Discharged medically unfit for further
service at London 13 August 1900. Conduct good.
Died of toxaemia and arteriosclerosis, both legs having been amputated due to gangrene, at
Kingston General Hospital 25 October 1950 aged 73. Served in 1st Battalion. Clasp loose on