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Extracts from the war service record of Wilfred Owen, a lieutenant in the British Army and a war poet, 1917-18
(Catalogue ref: WO 138/74)

Source 1a



Army Form A. 45


assembled at WELSH HOSPITAL NETLEY. on ..25. 6. 17

by order of A.C.I. 423 dated 9/ 3/ 17.

for the purpose of examining and reporting upon the present state of health of

(Rank and Name) 2/Lieut. Wilfred Owen. (Corps) 5/attd. 2/Manchesters.

Age 24         Service 1.9/12         Disability Neurasthenia (143)

Date of commencement of leave granted for present disability ……

Date on which placed on half-pay for present disability ……

The Board having assembled pursuant to order, and having read the instructions on the back of the form, proceed to examine the above-named officer and find that

in March 1917 he fell down a well at Bouchoir, and was momentarily stunned. He was under Medical treatment for 3 weeks, and then resumed duty. About the middle of April he was blown up by a shell explosion while he was asleep On May 1st. he was observed to be shaky and tremulous, and his conduct and manner were pecul[i]ar, and his memory was confused. The R. M. C. sent him to No. 41 Sty. H. Gailly where he was under observation and treatment by Capt. Brown R'. A. M. C, Neurological Specialist for a month. On 7/6/17 he was transferred to No. 1 G. H. Etretat, and on 16/6/17 to the Welsh Hospital Netley. There is little abnormality to be observed but he seems to be of a highly strung temperement. He has slept well while here. He leaves Hospital to-day transferred to Craig Lockart War Hospital, Edinburgh for special observation and treatment.

The Board will classify the officer under one of the following categories, the probable period of unfitness for the higher categories being stated.

3. Fit for Home Service

Unfit three months.

4. Fit for Light Duty at Home

Unfit three months.

5. Requiring indoor hospital treatment –
    (a.) In an Officers' Hospital
    (b.) In an Officers' Convalescent Hospital

Not applicable.

6. (a.) Fit for light duty at a Command Depôt
    (b.) Fit for treatment only at a Command Depôt Not applicable.

Not applicable.
Not applicable.

7. In very special cases such as tuberculosis leave not exceeding six months may be recommended by Medical Boards for special treatment, the Board giving detailed reasons for any such recommendation

Not applicable.

8. Was the disability contracted in the service?


9. Was it contracted under circumstances over which he had no control?


10. Was it caused by military service?


If caused by military service, to what specific military conditions is it attributed?

Active Service in France.

12. If the disability was not caused by military service, was it aggravated thereby, and if so, by what specific military conditions?

Not applicable.

3. Fit for Home Service

Unfit three months.

Source 1b



of Death of an Officer to be forwarded to the War Office with the least possible delay after receipt of notification of death on Army Form B. 213 or Army Form A. 36 or from other official documentary sources.



Squadron, Troop, Battery or Company






OWEN, W. E. S.



By whom reported
Date of Death
Place or Hospital
Cause of Death
Place of Burial

O. C. Bn. 6/11/18.
Killed in Action.


State whether he leaves a will or not

Not received.

All private documents and effects received from the front or hospital, should be Examined , and if any will is found it should be at once forwarded to the War Office.

Not received.

Any information received as to verbal expressions by a deceased Offices of his Wishes as to the disposal of his estate should be reported to the War Office as soon as possible.

Not received.

Signature of Officer in charge Of Section Adjutant-General's Office at the Base.

G. R. Chapman Capt., for
Officer i/c Infantry Section, No. 6,
G. H. Q., 3rd Echelon, B. E. F.

Station and Date 11/11/18.

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