The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private B B Hart


Private Bertie Benjamin HART, TF/6068, 2nd/4th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of subphrenic abscess, 26 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, Egypt, 18th November 1916.

Born  Canterbury, Kent, son of Sarah Hart.

Husband of Emma Hart, of 21, Park Grove Road, Leytonstone, London. 

1911 Census - 4 Clarence Terrace, St Peters Lane, Canterbury, Kent - Benjamin Hart, head, age 32, married, Railway Carman, London, Chatham & South Coast Railway, worker, born Canterbury, Kent; Emma Hart, wife, age 40, married 5 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Snodland, Kent; Connie Hart, daughter, age 3,  born Canterbury, Kent; William Hart, son, age 6 months,  born Canterbury, Kent.

Previously served 10 years, 1st Volunteer Battalion, East Kent Regiment.

Enlisted Canterbury, Kent, age 37, height 5ft 5 inches.  Resided 2 St Peters Place, Canterbury, Kent. 

Home 15th February 1915 to 17th July 1915; MEF 18th July 1915 to 18th November 1916.

15th February 1915, enlisted & posted 2/4th Kent Reserve Battalion, The Buffs, Service No.3229.; 25th April 1915, attached Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th July 1915, Devonport, embarked for MEF; 9th August 1915, Sulva, landed; 13th December 1915, Sulva, embarked; 19th December 1915, Alexandria, disembarked; 19th December 1915, Wardan, encamped; 28th March 1916, Fayoum, 1/1Welsh Field Ambulance, wounded, left shoulder, right hand; 31st March 1916, to Duty; 5th April 1916, Fayoum, 1/1Welsh Field Ambulance, hemorrhoids; 3rd May 1916, Cairo, Citadel Hospital, discharged; 5th May 1916, Fayoum, 1/1Welsh Field Ambulance, hemorrhoids; 12th July 1916, Abbassia, Base Depot, discharged hospital; 18th July 1916, Canal Zone, rejoined Unit; 1st October 1916, Canal Zone, 1/1Welsh Field Ambulance, admitted pleurisy; 14th October 1916, AAG, transferred to 2nd/4th  Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

17th January 1917, report from 26 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, Egypt - 3229. Pte R B Hart, 2/4 R W Kent, age 39 -

Patient was transferred  from 24th Stationary Moascar Camp to our Hospital 26th Stationary Hospital on the 10th November 1916. The reason for his being here instead of to Base Cairo was that his condition was so serious to permit a long train journey.

He was admitted 24th Stationary Hospital on 2nd October 1916, complaining of abdominal pain and headache. On examination the liver was slightly enlarged and there was some tenderness in the region of the gall bladder. The tongue was furred and the bowels irregular. No vomiting. At the bases of both lungs there was slight????? ???? heard.

On the 5th October there was absoloute? Dullness over the base of the right lung and irregular breathing. On 13th October patient was extremely tender over liver and lower rectal? margin on right side and a swelling????????. If puss? being present was noticed in the area.

On 14th October he was operated upon under CHCL3? a large sulphuric? abcess was found and drained in the posterior axilliary line a portion of the ???????? being resected. About the 17th October patient commenced to have severe diarrhoea 10 motions in 24 hours and motions continued puss blood and some slime. Pathological examinations  for amoebae of dysentery  were negative.

On 25th October the diarrhoea  had stopped. Patient had been put on Emetine gm  2/3  twice daily on appearance of diarrhoea, it was now discontinued. From now on the patients condition improved somewhat and on the 30th October the tube ???????was removed from operation wound.

On 10thNovember patient was admitted here 26th Stationary Hospital his temperature was 100 and pulse ??? respirations 24. He was very emaciated and there was copious discharge from the operation wound. He was inclined to be delirious during the night. The liver was palpable and there was some tenderness over the right lower coetal? margin?

On 13th November patient was much worse, very delirious at night and occasional incontinence of urine and faeces. His condition gradually grew worse until 18thNovember when he died.

19th November a post mortem revealed a large lower abscess in the posterior part of the liver which was draining through the operation wound. It should be mentioned that the discharge from wound was sub? there? for bacteriological examination but found to be sterile.

In my opinion the disease which caused death viz. the liver abscess was contracted  by the patient while he was on active service.

A J Gibb, Captain RA.M.C

28th May 1917, pension of 24/2 a week awarded to widow & two children.

22nd November 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Emma Hart, 21, Park Grove Road, Leytonstone, London; Children - Connie Hart, 11 years, 21, Park Grove Road, Leytonstone, London; Thomas Hart, 8 years, 21, Park Grove Road, Leytonstone, London; Father, deceased; Mother, Sarah Hart, age 71, 4 High Street, St Gregorys, Canterbury; Brothers - William Stephen Hart, age 45, 1 Hackington Place, Camberley; Edwin? Augustus Hart, age 44, Post Office, Lydden, Dover; Alfred Hart, age 40, 91 Broad? Street, Canterbury; Frederick Hart, age 30?, 183 Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath; Sister - Caroline? Hart, age 36, 4 High Street, St Gregorys, Canterbury.

Buried at Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, A. 14., Egypt. 

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