T H (9511)

Admission Details for Patient: T H (9511)

Gender: Male Age: 27
Marital Status: Separated Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Private, Labour Corps
Address: Bryngwran, Anglesey

Date of Admission: September 18, 1920
Date of Death: August 24, 1945
Cause of Death:

Disease: (No diagnosis entered)
Supposed Cause: Shell shock

Medical Certificate:
Memory defective, marked auditory hallucinations, totally incoherent conversations with his brother who was drowned some time ago, and with his dead mother. He is easily moved to ungovernable tears. E J informs me that he is unmanageable at times, informs her that his mother and brother converse with him very often. John Jones, Gwalchmai, 17th Sept 1920.

Approximate duration of present attack: 15 mths

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: yes

Suicidal: no

Dangerous: no

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:



Physical/Mental State at Examination: Before active service, patient had served an apprenticeship as a plumber and also been a motor car driver. "Has been bad since discharge from Army about July 1919. Has had one or two seizures recently". Separated from his wife, nok given as War Pensions Committee, Llangefni.

Current Diagnosis: 345

Case Notes

No case notes.

Information taken from Certificate.

Schedule on admission II.7, the same at death.


Additional Notes

Note in Deaths Register reads:

Found injured at 4.45am 24/08/45.

At an Inquest completed on 8/10/45 by HM Coroner for West Denbighshire, the jury found that deceased had been struck on the head with a spade by Ralph Augustus Davies (patient), thereby suffering injuries from which he died.

They further found that Ralph Augustus Davies murdered the deceased.

When the case came before Denbighshire Assizes, Davies was found unfit to plead and detained during HM's pleasure.

A letter from the Hospital's solicitors (HD/1/478) to the Clerk questions how a hospital spade came to be by the Ward door:

"I am inclined to think that the only point the Hospital can be concerned with is finding a satisfactory answer to the questions which might be raised with regard to the spade, being in the Ward, and we should be ready to deal with this aspect of the matter on these lines.

Who handed the spades out, when, and to whom. Was the number returned at the end of the day checked and did this number coincide with the number issued that day and finally to try and find out how the spade got into the Ward without detection".

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