The Church, Angelton Asylum (Glanrhyd)
*I do stress that this post/research has NOT been written in malice, I have sought out this information to ‘dispel’ local rumour and hearsay.*
In the past I have been asked countless questions about Charles Murphy and the lonely grave next to what is locally known as ‘The Black Path’ – I have always been led to believe, as many other do that Charles Murphy died of Shell Shock (now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Though out my recent research I have found that is more than likely not the case –
Charles’ Service Records tell us the following things:
Charles William Murphy was born in Cardiff some time during 1882.
Charles married Maude Eliza Saunders on 27th of January 1909. They had three children: Dora Maude (b. 14/5/1910) – Roy William Charles (b. 5/1/1912) and Leslie Charles (b. 15/2/1917).
Charles initially enlisted at Porth on the 11th of December, 1915. From what I can find, Charles was not in active service until 1917 due to the fact he worked as a Colliery Repairer which was a reserved occupation.
Height: 5ft – 4 1/2 inches (at date of enlistment)
Statement of Services:
To Army Reserve: 12/12/1915
Posted: 15/9/1917 (1st (Reserve) Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment)
1/1/1918: No longer physically fit for War service.
(2 years and 22 days service.)
In the October of 1917, Charles spent 13 days in The Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital at Whitchurch, Cardiff. His notes for the hospital stay tell us that he was suffering from “delusions of grandeur” and had become “demented”. The notes also state that he had become “restless”, “simple” and “facile.”
Discharged at Shrewsbury.
Trade: Collier Repairer
Address: 44 James Street – Mardy.
Foreign Service: NIL – (“He never did serve overseas with the regiment.”) **
Cause of Discharge: Physically Unfit
Date/Place of Origin: Not Known.
- “Requires care and supervision at home.”
- Some sort of paralysis.
British Army Service Records 1914 – 1920.
Series: WO 363
Category:Military, Armed Forces & Conflict
Record Collection: First World War
Death and Burials
Record Set: England & Wales deaths 1837-2007.