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WALL, John. 25B/1497 Private Born at St. James's, Deptford, Kent; trade - labourer. Enlisted for 25 Brigade at Chatham, Kent 1/12/1877. Previously served as Private (8100) in West Kent Light Infantry Militia. Description: age 18 years, height 5' 5 1/4" fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Attested, December 1877, precise date not recorded. Posted to 2nd Bn 24th Foot.
Private, December 1877. In prison 17/10/1878-18/10/1878; tried 19/10/1878; sentenced to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour; released 8/11/1878. Admitted to hospital at Secunderabad, India 4/5/1881-12/8/1881. Service continued in South Wales Borderers 1/7/1881. Treated for Dyspepsia; diagnosis changed to Mania. Embarked at Bombay for England in HMT Maiabar 28/10/1881. Admitted to Netley Hospital 25/11/1881. Treated for Mania attributed to intemperance. Condition not improved, will be unable to contribute to his own support. Declared unfit for further service and discharged from Netley Hospital 27/12/1881. Served for 4 years, including 2 years in South Africa. Character bad and dirty, not in possession of any Good Conduct Badges. Has appeared in the defaulter book on ten occasions; twice convicted by court martial (WO97). Discharged 15/9/1879. An Injury Assessment Board held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea 27/12/1881 confirmed that he was suffering from Mania - from intemperance. Pension award rejected (reference A93244, WO116) Intended place of residence: Lunatic Asylum, Barming Heath, Maidstone, Kent 27/12/1881.
Served at Home, in South Africa, and in India 17/8/80-28/1 0/1881. Served in the Kaffir War 1878. Served in the Zulu War 1879 (WO97), a Private in B Company at the defence of Rorke's Drift. References: 'Chard' roll; Bourne rolls; Dunbar list.