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Court-martial: 1/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment soldier


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In his journal entry for Friday 16th April 1915 - extracts of which published in his father's biography of him (Sidgwick &Jackson, 1919) - Ronald Poulton Palmer describes taking a relief party out to a listening post in front of the ‘Tourist Lines’ in Ploegsteert Wood.

He continues:

'On my way up to the post I found ---------------- , Lance-corporal, asleep at his post on duty. I had him arrested and I fear a Field General Court-martial for him; but his nerves are quite smashed by the shelling, and that should count in his favour.'

The next day, Saturday 17th April, Poulton Palmer records that he had to attend Battalion HQ twice for the court of inquiry on ----------------.

Later (on Sunday 24th April) he records that ------------------- received 'five years' penal servitude, commuted by the Brigadier to three months' Field Punishment No 1; and now he's off to hospital with his nerve quite shattered.'

Can anyone please identify this soldier, or alternatively point me in the direction of where I might find the relevant court-martial records?

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Thanks Graeme,

The diary is very brief and would have been a waste of £3.36.

Back to square one!


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