BereniceUK Posted 14 October , 2013 Share Posted 14 October , 2013 (edited) Interesting report of a court case which took place at Lancaster Borough Police Court on 9th April 1915. William Humphrey Hingham, originally from Killough in County Down, now Northern Ireland, had served in the Montgomery Mounted Rifles in the Spanish-American War, 1898. He travelled from New York to Liverpool in October/November 1914 and was recruited there, giving a false age and military history. Became a private in the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) and at some point his attestation was discovered to be false. Result - a month's hard labour and presumably discharged. He claimed that he was told by the recruiter that he would have to give his age as 42, rather than the true one of 45, and that he had served in an Irish regiment. The adjutant at the trial said that Hingham had travelled from New York "at the expense of the nation". So did the UK government or the army pay the travel expenses of those who applied to join the British Army from the USA? Was this a unique example of a Spanish-American War veteran becoming a serving soldier in the British Army during the Great War? Edited 1 February , 2021 by BereniceUK Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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