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douglynn
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Guys I have a boy of 18 served 14 days hard labour for false info on attestation, in 1905 what would he have been signed up for at that time thanks

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It depends which branch of the army he was in. Infantry terms of enlistment were seven years with the Colours and five with the reserve.

It looks as if he may have lied about his age and been found out, but I don't think he would have been sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour just for that.

Ron

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Thanks this was just a prison record and just states false statement

He later joined re Thomas Francis othen 173857

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The age question wasn't one which is marked as being liable to being subject to imprisonment with hard labour, it's only questions 7 - 13 (7, re apprenticeship, 8 re marriage, 9 re previous imprisonment, 10-13, various questions about any current or previous military service). For an 18 year old, I'd imagine apprenticeship, or previous trouble with the law would be the most likely.

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