Hello. Hope you are all well. This post concerns a hereditary genetic disorder but all those named are deceased. The condition is Huntington's Disease (HD) which is an autosomal dominant disorder meaning that if a parent is affected then there's a 50% chance a child will inherit it, regardless of sex. There are numerous references on line to the symptomatology. It was first identified by George Huntington in the US in 1872 at which time it was referred to as Chorea (from the Ancient Greek for "dance", apparently) and later Huntington's Chorea. These are the people concerned, luckily they all appear on the "Minter Exchange", the non-commercial genealogical web site, and I've included their IDs so they can be found easily if needed. All IDs start with a capital "i". Frank John Minter (I540) b. Q3 1911 RD Woolwich d. Q2 1987 RD Gravesend - Married Q2 1939 RD Greenwich Winifred Horsham (I541) Frank's wife b. Q2 1915 RD Greenwich d. Q3 1975 RD Greenwich Brenda Eileen Minter (I542) Frank & Winnie's only child who died childless. b. Q3 1944 RD Oxford d. Q4 2018 RD Norfolk Robert Charles David Minter (I536 ) One of Frank's brothers b. Q3 1903 Woolwich d. Q4 1983 Bexleyheath, Kent Frank and Robert were my uncles. A relative tells me he spoke to Brenda's husband, off and on, for some years before and after her death and he was informed that the cause of her death was HD. It follows that either Frank or Winnie had HD but I don't know which. If it was Frank then there's a chance that Bob had it too and so on, back through the generations. Uncle Frank and Uncle Bob both ended their days in St Alfege's Hospital (which has its own Wikipedia page) which was eventually replaced by Greenwich District Hospital. All medical records are presumably now destroyed but the story is that later in life they both developed what would be called in PC parlance "mental health problems", and spent years in the hospital where they eventually died. I am told by a relative that they would routinely argue and occasionally fight in their hospital ward. The story continues that Frank had become embittered and a rift had developed between him & his brothers for 3 reasons - 1) During WW2 he was a batman to a captain who he was very fond of. Sadly during hostilities this captain was shot in front of him by a sniper. Frank found this, understandably, very distressing. 2) Frank was caught up in the evacuation from Dunkirk and was, according to his sister, "in a terrible state when he got home, his uniform was hanging off him in strips". She felt he was traumatized. Plenty of others went through this of course. 3) Frank's father got some of his sons work in Warspite Wharf processing spices unloaded from ships on the Thames. For various practical reasons he didn't do this for Frank. The Wharf no longer exists of course but I believe it was at the end of Warspite Road (eg. SE18 5NX). Frank thought he had been treated unfairly. These were the causes of Frank's grievances & imbalance. Bob, it is said, had a much more mundane "life-altering trauma". The story is that while walking under some scaffolding a workman dropped a tool, let's say a hammer, which hit him on the head. He was not seriously injured but "was never the same again". And started to "let himself go". He didn't care about his appearance I am told and would appear in front of visitors wearing his vest & braces (I had to laugh). Although these details give their story a human dimension I am not entirely convinced & suspect there may have been a genetic component to all this. I've ordered their death certificates. I've also ordered the death certificate for Winifred. It sounds like Frank could have had a difficult life and maybe his wife and only daughter both died from HD. These are my questions - * I assume their medical records will have been deleted long ago. Is there any way I can find out more about the circumstances of their admission to hospital? Were they voluntary patients or where they "sectioned"? What were their diagnoses? Were they kept in hospital or simply allowed to stay? * What are the chances I'd get access to Frank's WW2 record if I apply to the National Archive? Nephews and nieces are his closest living relatives as far as I can see and I'm a nephew. I'd like to know more about the commissioned officer who he was he was serving. * If one or both uncles were sectioned then is this a legal process that might leave a trace somewhere? * Is it possible to discover if St Alfege's ever had a ward dedicated to patients with mental health problems? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.