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Conscripts with Criminal Records


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A quick question please:

Could men with criminal records be conscripted into the armed forces in 1916?

Many thanks,

Jack

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Thank you Chris, so no restrictions at all then?

Would the nature of the offence be a consideration in any way?

Jack

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I think I remember this being discussed briefly quite some time ago. It seems possible that the view taken at the time was that exempting someone who had a criminal record might have been seen as a 'reward' for that behaviour so that honest men faced all the discomforts and dangers of war but criminals or those with a criminal past escaped them.

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Hedley Malloch

Convicts were released for military service. One is said to have won the VC, his name and decoration are said to be on the war memorial at Parkhurst Prison. I say 'said' because nobody is allowed to photograph it.

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