|4690 Pte. W. Dove, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
India General Service Medal clasps Hazara 1891, Samana 1891; India General Service Medal clasp
Relief of Chitral; Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Relief of Ladysmith.
Wounded in action Spion Kop (Twin Peaks) 24 January 1900 & invalided.
With a CD-ROM containing 209 pages of pension invalidity papers and a photocopy of the QSA medal roll page. Walter
Dove enlisted at London 13 September 1888 aged 21. Born Kensington. Occupation labourer. Approval for his enlistment
had to be obtained from the Commander in Chief of the Army as he had been previously been discharged as unlikely to
become an efficient soldier. Between 1888 and 1899 had 37 entries in the defaulter book, mostly for drunkenness and
absences. Convicted by court martial at Rawalpindi 30 November 1891 of being drunk on picquet duty, using insubordinate
language and offering violence to one superior officer and using threatening language to another and sentenced to 56 days
imprisonment with hard labour.
Transferred to Army Reserve 1 May 1896. Conduct latterly good. Sustained a gunshot wounded to the right thigh. A
medical report dated 25 July 1900 stated that the femur had been splintered and an operation to remove the piece of bone
had been performed in South Africa in February 1900. Discharged medically unfit for further service at Templemore 9
October 1900. A medical report dated 26 August 1901 stated that although the wound had healed it had left a large scar
with a loss of tissue and there was a loss of power in the leg. The condition was considered permanent and would affect his
capability to earn a living by 50%. Enlisted at Hampstead 3 April 1915 and transferred with number 39456 to the Royal
Flying Corps at Farnborough 24 July 1916 but did not serve overseas. Convicted 31 March 1917 of striking a prisoner of
war and sentenced to 168 hours detention. Transferred to Class G of the Air Force Reserve 1 April 1919 and discharged
30 April 1920. A medical report dated 9 September 1919 reassessed the effect on his ability to earn a living as less than
20%. Died of cardiac failure at New Romney 26 December 1957 aged 90. Served in 1st Battalion in India and 3rd
Battalion in South Africa.