Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:30 AM
Hi there, could anyone please enlighten me as to what were the penalties given out to soldiers at a court martial hearing, who were classed as deserters? I have found on my Great Grandfathers medal roll card, written in ink, the statement "Deserted, 1918," but I know that he lived till he was 80yrs old! Would all classed with desertion be court martialled? Would they also be dishonourably discharged from their regiment? All I know from researching my family history is that his son died at home in November,1917, aged 7yrs, then unfortunately his daughter died in June, 1918, suddenly at the age of 16yrs and this, I beleive, is about the same time he was stated as deserting, presumably finding his way home? Its just that word "Deserted" fills me with dread,.....mixed emotions, as I come from a family steeped in military history, from the Peninsular Wars, the Crimean, etc. through to Afghanastan in the present conflict there. Sorry for rattling on a bit! Any info whatsoever would be much appreciated, many thanks, RWH.