Joseph Cumberbirch 1886-1958

Private 37673 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Joseph Cumberbirch was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England in Q2 1886. He was the son of Thomas Cumberbirch, and who was also known as Cumberberch and Cumberbatch, and his wife Mary Ann nee Cox. By 1901 he was a colliery boy working in a mine in Wigan.Joseph was living at 13 Deat Street, Wigan when he enlisted in the army on 9 April 1917 at Wigan and became Private 37673 in the 3rd Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  

Descriptive Report on Enlistment

  • Name: Joseph Cumberbirch
  • Age: 29 years 20 months
  • Height: 5 feet 7¼ inches
  • Chest: 38 inches expanded with 2 inches of expansion
  • Distinctive marks: 2 Blue scars on right wrist
  • Next of Kin: Mary Ann Cumberbirch 13 Dean Street Wigan
  • Relationship: Mother

His medical examiner on enlistment observed that he had “eczema & blepharitis”. Blepharitis is a common eye condition characterized by often chronic inflammation of the eyelid, generally the part where eyelashes grow. It generally presents when very small oil glands near the base of the eyelashes don't function properly, resulting in inflamed, irritated, itchy, and reddened eyelids. Joseph Was  under constant treatment since he joined his unit. Although his condition improved it was regarded as incurable my a Medical Board on 20 Feb 1918. The Medical Board observed: The infected parts are his beard, his eyebrows & eyelashes. He is only a menace to others with whom he is apt to come into contact, & is consequently unfit for further military service.
Joseph served at Home 9 Apr 1917 to 31 May 1918 and his service towards engagement to 31 May 1918 totalled 1 years 50 days.
He was invalided out of the army due to Sycosis. Sycosis is an inflammation of hair follicles, especially of the beard area. Joseph was granted a pension of Weekly allowance 5/6 a week for 25 weeks starting on 1 June May 1918 and running to 26 November 1918

Description at the time of Discharge

  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5 feet 7¼ inches
  • Chest: 38 inches expanded with 2 inches of expansion
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Fair
  • Trade: Collier
  • Intended place of residence: 13 Dean Street, Wigan
  • Descriptive marks: Nil
  • Military character: Good
  • Character awarded in accordance with Kings Regulations: A Steady Man

Joseph does not seem to have married. He died in Q1 1958 in Wigan, Lancashire.

Silver War Badge

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the “WAR BADGE”

H/22/2/2

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Unit

No. of Badge

Enlistment

Discharge

Cause of Discharge

Whether served Overseas

37673

Private

Cumberbirch Joseph

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

B161393

9 Apr 1917

31 May 1918

S[ickness] Para. 392 XVI K.R.

No

Preston, 15 April 1919

Medal Card

Name

Corps

Reg. No.

Rank

Date of Discharge

Cause of Discharge

Cumberbirch

Joseph

North Lancashire Regiment

37673

Private

31 May 1918

 

Enlistment

9 Apr 1917

A O 29/19

P 392(xvi) K.R. 2 Sickness

Date of Application

  1. Badge
  1. Medal

 

 

No. of File

 

 

Address of applicant

Action taken     List H/2202/2

   

Joseph Cumberbatch in the British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920

Proceedings on Discharge

No: 37673

Rank: Private

Name: Joseph Cumberbirch

Corps: 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire

Date of discharge: 31 May 1918

Place of discharge: Preston

Description at the time of Discharge

Age: 30

Height: 5 feet 7¼ inches

Chest: 38 inches expanded with 2 inches of expansion

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Fair

Trade: Collier

Intended place of residence: 13 Dean Street, Wigan

Descriptive marks: Nil

The above-named man is discharged in consequence of being Physically unfit for further War service Kings Regulations 392 XVI

Military character: Good

Character awarded in accordance with Kings Regulations: A Steady Man

Infantry Record Office 13 May 1918

 

Campaigns, Medals and Decorations

Home 9 Apr 1917 to 31 May 1918

Service towards engagement to 31 May 1918 1 years 50 days

Preston

13 May 1918

Medical Report on an Invalid

Station: Felixstowe

Date: 30 April 1918

Unit: 3rd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Regimental No.: 37673

Rank: Private

Name: Cumberbirch, J

Age last birthday: 30

Enlisted on 9 Apr 1917 at Wigan

Former trade: Collier

Disability is respect of which invaliding is Proposed: Sycosis [Sycosis is an inflammation of hair follicles, especially of the beard area]

Statement of Case

Date of origin of disability: pre-service

Essential facts: His M.H.S. [Medical History Sheet] states that he had “eczema & blepharitis” when he enlisted. [Blepharitis is a common eye condition characterized by often chronic inflammation of the eyelid, generally the part where eyelashes grow. It generally presents when very small oil glands near the base of the eyelashes don't function properly, resulting in inflamed, irritated, itchy, and reddened eyelids]. He has been under constant treatment since joining his unit, & although improved his condition is now regarded as incurable. He has been all along unfit for military duty. Examined by No. 4 T.M.B. 20 Feb 1918 & placed in Cat E.

Attributable or aggravated by service: Not aggravated but improved by treatment whilst in the service

Present condition: The infected parts are his beard, his eyebrows & eyelashes. He is only a menace to others with whom he is apt to come into contact, & is consequently unfit for further military service.

Recommendation: Recommended by No. 4 T.M.B. for discharge as permanently unfit

 

Opinion of the Medical Board

Not attributable to war service

Disability is permanent

Discharge as permanently unfit

Station: Sutton

Date: 8 May 1918

 

Award Sheet – Disablement Pension

Date: 14 May 1918

Week Ending: 29 May 1918

Name: Cumberbirch, Joseph

No: 37673

Rank: Private

Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire 3rd Battalion

Date of Enlistment: 9 Apr 1917

Date of commencement of pension: 1 June 1918

Date of discharge: 31 May 1918

Cause of discharge: Physically Unfit

Age: 30   9 May 1887 [1886]

Disability for which invalided: Sycosis

Degree of disablement: Nil

Opinion of Medical Board: 8 May 1918

Service: Colours 1 2/12

17 May 1918 Incapacity 20%

Award

Weekly allowance 5/6 a week for 25 weeks final

Duration: 25 weeks from 1 Jun 1918 to 26 Nov 1918

Nature: Final

Degree of disablement: 20%

 

Casualty Form – Active Service

Next of Kin: Mary Ann Cumberbirch

Regimental Number: 37673

Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire

Rank: Private

Surname: Cumberbirch

Christian Name: Joseph

Religion: Catholic R.C.

Age on enlistment: 29 years 10 months

Enlisted 9 Apr 1917

Term of Service: General Service

Service reckons from 9 Apr 1917

Occupation: Miner

Loyal North Lancs Depot: Posted Private 10 Apr 1917

Loyal North Lancs 3rd Battalion: Posted Private 14 Apr 1917

 

SHORT SERVICE Attestation of 37673 Joseph Cumberbirch Loyal North Lancs

Name: Joseph Cumberbirch

Address: 13 Dean St, Wigan

British Subject: Yes

Age: 29 years, 10 Months

Trade: Collier

Married: Single

Previous military service: No

Ashton under Lyne

12 Apr 1917

 

Descriptive Report on Enlistment

Name: Joseph Cumberbirch

Age: 29 years 20 months

Height: 5 feet 7¼ inches

Chest: 38 inches expanded with 2 inches of expansion

Distinctive marks: 2 Blue scars on right wrist

Next of Kin: Mary Ann Cumberbirch 13 Dean Street Wigan

Relationship: Mother

Military History Sheet

Campaigns: Home 9 Apr 1917 to 31 May 1918

 

Statement of the Services of No. 37673 Joseph Cumberbirch

Service reckons from 9th April 1917

Joined at Wigan 9th April 1917

Loyal North Lancashire Depot: Posted Private 10 Apr 1917

Loyal North Lancashire 3rd Battalion: Posted Private 14 Apr 1917

Discharged Private 31 May 1918 Para 392 XVI K.R.