Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own

Letter dated 1958 from the Ministry of Pensions to the Cleveland MP, Mr A. M. F. Palmer,
concerning a claim for First World War injuries to Pte 201713 Robert Fox.

Pte Robert Fox.

4905/201713 Pte Robert Fox volunteered for service on the 9th August 1915. He was not legally old enough until he turned 18 on the 26th of that month. After training he joined the 4th Yorks Battn in France on the 12th March 1916 and served to 5th July 1917.
For some unknown reason there is a break in service before he re-joined on 11th Sep 1917 and served abroad again until 6th Feb 1918.
This was probably due to mustard gas poisoning and shell shock, for which he continued to be treated in later life by his local doctor.
On the 23rd December 1917, he cut his thumb badly while sharpening a butcher's knife, causing eventual permanent disablement and he was discharged from the Army in April 1918.
This letter illustrates how claims for First World War injuries were still being made so long after the events, and how they were dealt with.
Shown below the letter is the record of the issue of the Silver War Badge to men like Robert.
Robert Fox died on the 7th December 1962, aged 65, 4 years after he received this reply to his claim.
[The letter and information have been kindly contributed by Robert's son, Malcolm Fox.]

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