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mutley
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I'm not sure if this belongs in the Soldiers section but couldn't think of anywhere else to put it (Mods feel free to move).

I'm researching a soldier who has forfeited his 1915 Star and has the comment "15 Star forfeited 5 years PS" next to it; which I am taking as 5 years penal servitude. He originally deployed to Gallipoli in 1915 but was KIA in F & F in 1917.

So is there anyway of finding out if he was the subject of a Courts Martial, do the records exist at the NA. Secondly would it be possible for his 5 years of PS to be commuted if he volunteered to go back to the front. I believe that he may have been charged with desertion as I have found the chap with the next regimental number to his form the same cap badge with a comment of "15 Star forfeited convicted of desertion". My mans 15 Star was reinstated after his death.

Any help or suggestions greatly received.

Rgds

Mutley

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Hi Mutley, it's a long shot, but post his name and I will have a look on my courts martial CD for you.

Susan.

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Susan

thank you, his name is Pte David Edward Garratt and he is Royal Warwickshire Regiment also Pte Thomas Taylor of the same regiment.

Thanks again

Mutley

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Hi Mutley,

nothing for either man. Sorry.

Susan.

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Susan

thanks for looking, I know Thomas Taylor was charged with desertion and Garratt has the next number in line, so I wondered if perhaps they were both Pals involved in the same thing.

Thanks again

Mutley

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Had a quick look on ancestry in the pensions for both and service for garrett but nothing apparent. if you post their numbers I will have as good a look as i can.

Susan.

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Susan

thanks, I've checked for both on ancestry but unfortunately nothing has survived other than their Medal Index Cards.

Regards

mutley

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Pte Garrett 9th Royal Warwickshire was charged with quitting or sleeping on post, date of trial 26th November 1915 trial held in the field Gallipoli, sentenced to death, commuted to 5 years p.s

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Pte David Edward Garratt, was still serving in the 9th Warwicks in Mesopotamia, and was wounded on 5/4/16 in the relief of kut. Newspaper The Birmingham Daily Post 12 May 1916. Looks like he was sent back to UK to recover and transferred to the 2/6th RWR. I have a quite a few 9th Warwicks who were sent home and transferred to others Battalions and died on the Western Front

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Most Courts Martial papers suffered the same fate as service records in 1940, only those where the Death sentence was carried out seem to remain intact from 1914-18 except in 2 cases.

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