Cumberbatch Family History

Joseph Cumberbirch[1, 2]

Male 1886 - 1958  (71 years)


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  • Name Joseph Cumberbirch  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 9 May 1886  Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
    • His WW1 Pension Record gives his date of birth as 9 May 1887 [I think the day and month are right 1886]

    Gender Male 
    Name Joseph Cumberbatch  [10
    Occupation 5 Apr 1891  Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Scholar 
    Residence 5 Apr 1891  24 Scholefield Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Age: 5y 
    Occupation 31 Mar 1901  Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Colliery Boy below ground 
    • Employer, Worker, or Own account: Worker
    Residence 31 Mar 1901  30 Dean Street, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 14y 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Coal Mine Labourer Under Ground 
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  25 Caroline Street, Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Age: 24y 
    Occupation Between 9 Apr 1917 and 31 May 1918  [6, 7, 8
    Private 37673 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire 
    • Disability is respect of which invaliding is Proposed: Sycosis [Sycosis is an inflammation of hair follicles, especially of the beard area]
    Reference Number 0002433 
    Reference Number 1891039 
    Reference Number 1901247 
    Reference Number 1911282 
    Residence 31 May 1918  13 Dean Street, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Age: 30y 
    Died Between Jan 1958 and Mar 1958  Wigan Registation District, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Age: 72y 
    Person ID I2433  Cumberbatch
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2016 

    Father Thomas Cumberbatch,   b. Between Apr 1845 and Jun 1845, Ringley, Pilkington, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Apr 1904 and Jun 1904, Wigan Registration District, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Cox,   b. Between 1849 and 1850, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between Apr 1867 and Jun 1867  Wigan Registration District, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 May 1886 - Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Scholar - 5 Apr 1891 - Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 5y - 5 Apr 1891 - 24 Scholefield Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Colliery Boy below ground - 31 Mar 1901 - Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 14y - 31 Mar 1901 - 30 Dean Street, Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Coal Mine Labourer Under Ground - 2 Apr 1911 - Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 24y - 2 Apr 1911 - 25 Caroline Street, Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 30y - 31 May 1918 - 13 Dean Street, Wigan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Age: 72y - Between Jan 1958 and Mar 1958 - Wigan Registation District, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Joseph Cumberbirch
      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.

    • 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.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1744] File (merged): C:\Users\Bob\Documents\Family Historian Projects\Census 1891 England & Wales\Census 1891 England & Wales.fh_data\Census 1891 England & Wales.ged.
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    2. [S1167] File (merged): C:\Users\Bob\Documents\Family Historian Projects\Census 1901 England & Wales\Census 1901 England & Wales.fh_data\Census 1901 England & Wales.ged.
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    3. [S1813] Births England & Wales 1886 Jun Qtr Wigan, Joseph Cumberbirch.

    4. [S1656] Census 1901 Wigan, Lancashire, England RG13/3554/81/p41-p42, (RG13/3554/81/p41-p42).

    5. [S1131] Census 1911 Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England RG14PN23050 RG78PN1346 RD458 SD4 ED35 SN168, (RG14PN23050 RG78PN1346 RD458 SD4 ED35 SN168).

    6. [S9233] Joseph Cumberbatch in the British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920.

    7. [S9234] Medal Index Card WW1 Joseph Cumberbirch Private 37673 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

    8. [S9235] WW1 Silver War Badge Records for Joseph Cumberbirch Private 37673 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

    9. [S9117] Deaths England & Wales 1958 Mar Qtr, Wigan, Joseph Cumberbirch.

    10. [S1810] Census 1891 Wigan, Lancashire, England RG12/3050/118/p6, (RG12/3050/118/p6).

    11. [S2753] Marriages England & Wales 1867 Jun Qtr Wigan, Thomas Cumberbach & Mary Ann Cox, (www.freebmd.org.uk).