Patient Case Study: Collett, Richard Joseph

In-patient, 1851

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RECORD

Hospital Royal Infirmary, Weymouth Patient type Indoor patient
Number Date admitted [Jan-Mar 1851]
Name Collet, Richard Renewed
Age 30 Under whose care
Occupation Army pensioner Disease
Parish Discharged [By Jul 1851]
Recommended by Outcome
Source The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1857, folio 257, p. 8

 

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 2015 Date admitted 17 Jul 1851
Name Collett, Richard Renewed
Age 30 Under whose care Dr. Cowdell
Occupation Disch[arged] soldier Disease Chr[onic] dysentery
Parish Melcombe Regis Discharged 18 Sep 1851
Recommended by Wm. Elliott Esqre. Outcome Relieved
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

OTHER SOURCES

  1. Richard Joseph Collett enlisted for the 63rd Regiment of Foot on 22 Feb 1835 at Rochester. The enlistment papers record that he was a labourer, born in the parish of Weymouth, aged 14 years and 6 months. Height 5 feet, ½ inch, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, no distinguishing marks. On 16 Jun 1835 he embarked at Gravesend and on 5 Oct 1835 arrived at Madraz [Madras, India] where he remained until 28 Aug 1847. He served as a private from 23 Feb 1835 until 31 May 1839, as a drummer from 1 Jun 1839 until 22 Oct 1844, and then again as a private from 23 Oct 1844. He was court martialled and imprisoned on six occasions and his conduct upon discharge was described as “Indifferent” and he was refused an additional pension on account of his charater. [The National Archives, Royal Chelsea Hospital, soldiers’ service records, discharge papers 1760-1854, WO97/762/77]
  1. Medical report by the surgeon of the 63rd Regiment, presented to the regimental board in Jan 1851: “Private Richard Joseph Collett of 63 Rgt. has been labouring under Chronic Dysentery since the year 1846. This soldier was then serving in the East Indies [India]. His disease originated from the climate of that country and although he has been three years in this country & mostly that period under medical treatment his disease has not in any degree improved.” On 8 Jan 1851, the Principal Medical Officer at Chatham reported: “After examination and 64 days’ treatment at Fort Pitt I am of opinion that Richard Collett is unfit for Service and likely to be permanently disqualified for Military Duty.” He was discharged at Chatham on 28 Jan 1851 at which time he was described as aged 29 years, height 5 feet, 11½ inches, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, no distinguishing marks. [The National Archives, Royal Chelsea Hospital, soldiers’ service records, discharge papers 1760-1854, WO97/762/77]
  1. 1851 census – Richard Collet, army pensioner, aged 30, marital status not stated, born Weymouth, was an indoor patient in the Royal Infirmary, Weymouth. [The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1857, folio 257, p. 8]