Patient Case Study: Critchell, Levi

In-patient, 1851 (died)


Hospital Royal Hospital, Haslar Patient type In-patient
No. in ship’s book 15 Date admitted 5 Apr 1849
Name Levi Critchell Renewed
Age Under whose care
Occupation Boy, invalid Disease or Hurt Erysipelas
Ship Arrogant Discharged 2 Sep 1851
Recommended by Outcome Out of service
Note Marked as ‘Unserviceable’ on 6 Jun 1849
Source The National Archives, Royal Hospital at Haslar, hospital muster book for May 1849, ADM102/326, folio 4; hospital muster book for Sep 1851, ADM102/330, folio 3


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 2124 Date admitted  28 Nov 1851
Name Critchell, Levi Renewed
Age 18 Under whose care Mr. Curme
Occupation Sailor Disease Albuminuria
Parish Bockhampton Discharged 31 Jan 1852
Recommended by G. Curme Esqre. Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “Levi Critchell, aged 16, boy; case number 7; disease or hurt, erysipelas. Put on sick list, 5 April 1849 at Portsmouth. Discharged 5 April 1849 to Haslar hospital”. [The National Archives, Medical and surgical journal of HMSArrogant for 14 Mar 1849 to 31 Mar 1850 by John Rees, surgeon, during which time the said ship was employed in the Home and Lisbon stations, ADM 101/87/2/1, folio 15]
  1. 1851 census – Levi Critchell, boy, Royal Navy, aged 17, unmarried, born Dorchester, an in-patient in the Haslar Hospital, Gosport. [The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1660, folio 471, p. 14]
  1. Levi Critchell, seaman, aged 18, died of Bright’s disease of kidney (certified), on 31 Jan 1852 at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. [General Register Office death certificate]
  1. Levi Critchell, aged 18, of Bockhampton, was buried on 5 Feb 1852 at Stinsford. [Dorset History Centre, Stinsford burial register, PE/STF: RE 4/1, p. 43, entry 340]

Comment: The length of Critchell’s stay in Haslar Hospital is remarkable: 880 days – 2 years, 4 months. We do not know when Critchell enlisted – generally Navy boys joined between the ages of 8 and 12.