war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Certified Copy Of Attestation.
17th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps. C/4519.
Cecil David John Sambrook.
67, Havil Street, Camberwell.
Age – 31 years – 2 months.
Occupation – Engineer.

Notice to be given to a MAN at the time of his offering to join the ARMY.
27 August 1915.
You, Cecil David John Sambrook are required to attend forewith, or, 32, St. Paul’s Churchyard for the purpose of appearing before a Justice to be attested for his Majestie’s Army, in which you have expressed your willingness to serve.

Worked before the War as a Marine Fireman at Dover Docks.

PensionF2 May 1916 Recovered from the Field to Casualty Clearing Station (CCS).
12 May 1916 Nephritis (Admitted Military General Hospital France)
13 May 1916 32 Casualty Clearing Station, France
13 May 1916 16 General Hospital, Le Treport, France
3 June 1916 Recovered to UK – via Newhaven

Discharged 27 September 1916 medically unfit for further war service.
Service character GOOD (sober, honest and steady soldier). Invalided (Permanently unfit for war service – Chronic Nephritis due to exposure and infection – The result of active service
Awarded a full Disability War Pension by the Ministry of Pensions.

Proceedings on Discharge.
No. C/4519 – Army Rank – Rifleman.
Name – Cecil David John Sambrook.
Corps – Royal Rifle Brigade.
17th Battalion (Depot)
Date of Discharge – 22nd September 1916.
Place of Discharge – Winchester.
Description at the time of discharge.
Age – 32 years – 3 months.
Height – 5 ft 7ins.
Complexion – dark.
Eyes – hazel.
Hair – brown.
Trade - Engineer.
Intended place of residence – Pier Cottage, Strond Street, Dover, Kent.
The above-named man is discharged in consequence of no longer fit for War Service. Para. 392XVI Kings Regulations.
Military character – Very good.
Character awarded in accordance with Kings Regulations.
Sober, honest and steady.
Discharged in consequence of no longer fit for War Service. Invalided and permanently disabled (Totally incapacitated at present) through chronic nephritis due to exposure and infection, the result of active service.  
Cecil David John Sambrook.   Sir, I am to acquaint you that it has been notified to this office, that the pensioner named in the margin, died on the 27/5/17.
I am sir, -----
Your obedient servant.
The Secretary Royal Hospital, Chelsea. (At the bottom of the page -J.)
Casualty Form – Active Service.
Reg. No. C/4519. Rank - Rifleman. Sambrook Cecil.
Enlisted 6/9/15.
C. Bn – Admitted Hospital – In the field – 10/5/16.
13th F.A. – Nephritis – admitted – In the field 10/5/16.
16 Gen Hos – NYD – Le Treport – 13/5/16.
To England per S.S.? Newhaven from Treport – 3/6/16.
On a separate page – Large amount of Albumen present.


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