Casualties at Rainhill Asylum
Thomas James POWELL
Rank / Number
Dates in Hospital
Private / 4744
3rd King's Own Hussars
transf. to (229265) 668th Coy Labour Corps
c. October - December 1918
Thomas James Powell was born in 1884 to John and Alice Powell of Old Swan, Liverpool. He was married to Elizabeth A. Powell of 3 Fernleigh Rd., Old Swan, Liverpool.
In 1902 he enlisted with the 7th Hussars Horse of the Line Regiment, service number 6616, but at the start of WW1 he joined the 3rd Hussars as Private 4744 and was posted to France on 17th August 1914. He was wounded and returned to the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow on 22nd November 1914.
At some stage later, Thomas was transferred to the Labour Corps 668th company, service number 229265. In early October 1918, he was discharged from Belfast War Hospital having been found permanently unfit for further military service. He was transferred to Rainhill Asylum suffering from ‘general paralysis of the insane’. *
Thomas died on 2nd December 1918 aged 34. He is buried in Liverpool (West Derby) Cemetery.
View Thomas' record on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website. It is noted that the Grave Registration Document states Thomas 'died of wounds'.
* 'general paralysis of the insane' was used as a euphemism for syphilis.