Patient Case Study: Crocker, Nicodemus

In-patient, 1856 (died)

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RECORD

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3571 Date admitted 28 Feb 1856
Name Crocker, Nicodemus Renewed
Age 25 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Soldier Disease Dis[ease] of knee j[oin]t
Parish Forston Discharged 3 Apr 1856
Recommended by G. Curme Esq. Outcome Own req[uest]
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3680 Date admitted 15 Sep 1856
Name Crocker, Nicodemus Renewed
Age 23 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Gunner Disease Dis[ease] of knee
Parish Forston Discharged 1 Oct 1856
Recommended by Mr. J. Chamen Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1

 

OTHER SOURCES

  1. Nicodemus Crocker enlisted for the Royal Artillery on 14 Jan 1853 at Dorchester. The enlistment papers record that he was a labourer, born in the parish of Hazelbury Bryan, aged 21 years and 9 months. Size [i.e. height] 5 feet, 7¼ inches, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, light brown hair, no distinguishing marks. He served in the Royal Artillery 12th Battalion as a gunner and driver from 17 Jan 1853 to 31 Mar 1855. He was transferred to the 4th Battalion on 1 Apr 1855. [The National Archives, Royal Artillery records, statements of service, 12th Battalion numbers 973-1449, WO69/171/395, folio 408]
  1. Nicodemus Crocker, gunner, awarded Crimea medal with the Battle of Alma clasp, 20 Sep 1854. [The National Archives, campaign medal and award rolls 1793-1949 (general series), WO100/23, folio 232]
  1. Nicodemus Crocker, gunner and driver, recorded on the supplementary nominal list of soldiers who were with No. 4 Company in the Crimea between 1 Oct 1854 and 8 Sep 1855 who had died, left or been wounded, transferred or invalided. [The National Archives, campaign medal and award rolls 1793-1949 (general series), WO100/23, folio 242]
  1. Nicodemus Crocker of No. 4 Company, 12th Battalion, Royal Artillery, absent sick, entitled to the clasp for the Sebastopol campaign, 1 Jan 1856. [The National Archives, campaign medal and award rolls 1793-1949 (general series), WO 100/23, folio 236]
  1. Nicodemus Crocker, gunner and driver in the Royal Artillery, aged 25, died of disease of the knee – tetanus following amputation of thigh (certified), on 1 Oct 1856 at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. [General Register Office death certificate]
  1. “DORCHESTER, October 11. MILITARY FUNERAL.–On Saturday last the body of Nicholas Crocker, a gunner and driver of the Royal Artillery, who died in the Dorset County Hospital from injuries received in the Crimea, was buried in the Cemetery, with the customary military honours. The body was attended to the grave by Wellspring’s band, playing the ‘Dead March in Saul,’ and accompanied by the Staff of the Dorset Militia.” [Hampshire Advertiser, 11/10/1856, p. 7]

 

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