Medical Board category

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by precious_past, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. precious_past

    precious_past Junior Member

    I'm searching for information about the different types of medical classfications in WW2. What was the criteria for each classification and when did they decide when a soldier got discharged for being medically unfit? On a record I have it has recorded his medical classification was assessed as 'D' and then a few days later he was discharged.
  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I have a pamphlet called "Medical Catagories for Other Ranks, 1943" I'll try scan it and post tomorrow.


  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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  5. precious_past

    precious_past Junior Member

    Thankyou for that AB64!
  6. pondfield

    pondfield Junior Member

    My father was seriously injured during 1942 and was in hospital for a while. When he was released he was categorised by the Medical Board as Category D. Over the next two years he went before various Medical Boards and was recategorised as level C which I understand was being fit for sedentary duties. He then became "permanent B". Can anyone tell me what duties 'B' could have involved. Thanks for any help.
  7. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    A – fit for general service at home and abroad,
    B – unfit for general service abroad but fit for base or
    garrison service at home and abroad,
    C – fit for home service only,
    D – unfit for any form of military service
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  8. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

  9. nickgrace1

    nickgrace1 Member

    I have just been going through some Brigade papers and come across mention of Category C men being sent to them. I want to check that am I right in thinking Category A men would be men who were seen as fit enough to fight? If so what would B and C men be seen as?
    Thank you.
  10. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    A simplified version would be

    A – fit for general service at home and abroad,
    B – unfit for general service abroad but fit for base or
    garrison service at home and abroad,
    C – fit for home service only,
    D – unfit for any form of military service.

    but there were plenty of sub categories too such as A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 :)

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  11. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    It's not always clear what the reasons were for the gradings...My Dad was classed B1 on entry in February 1943 but six months later was certified 'Examined & found fit for service in any part of the world" Within a fortnight he was re-graded A1 which was the classification still referred to on demob in 1947.


    It might just have been a question of sporting fitness. In many cases these were lads who had left school at 14 and gone straight into work. It doesn't mean that they were all flat-footed and cross-eyed.
  12. nickgrace1

    nickgrace1 Member

    Thank you.
  13. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    I like Spike Milligan's version of his classification (apologies to those who know this off by heart):

    “It was now three months since my call-up. To celebrate I hid under the bed dressed as Florence Nightingale. Next morning I received a card asking me to attend a medical at the Yorkshire Grey, Eltham. ‘Son,’ said Father, ‘l think after all you better go, we’re running out of disguises, in any case when they see you, they’re bound to send you home.’ The card said I was to report at 9.30 a.m. Please be prompt.’ I arrived prompt at 9.30 and was seen promptly at 12.15. We were told to strip. This revealed a mass of pale youths with thin, white, hairy legs. A press photographer was stopped by the recruiting Sergeant: ‘For Christ’s sake don’t! If the public saw a photo of this lot they’d pack it in straight away.’ I arrived in the presence of a grey-faced, bald doctor.

    ‘How do you feel?’ he said.
    ‘All right,’ I said.
    ‘Do you feel fit?’
    ‘No, I walked here.’

    Grinning evilly, he wrote Grade I (One) in blood red ink on my card. ‘No black cap?’ I said. "It’s at the laundry,’ he replied."
  14. Mark of Leicester

    Mark of Leicester New Member

    Dear Alistair

    I tried to access the Photobucket link that was pasted in your response. However, it does not work, maybe because the posting is quite old. Could I possibly have a copy of your medical classifications pamphlet please?


  15. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    See below

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