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Pvt William J Downsworth (Tank Corps)

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Jools mckenna

Would just like to know more about this man as I have a postcard that might have been from him.

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Dave66
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Also, Ancestry has a W J Downsworth in a 1920 court martial register which is likely him.

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Jools mckenna

I wonder what he did.

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Dave66

Court martial date was July 1915, has regiment as 13th cavalry.

 

Also a pension ledger for a Walter Joseph Downsworth.

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4 minutes ago, Dave66 said:

Court martial date was July 1915, has regiment as 13th cavalry.

 

That one has William J Downsworth.  There seems to be another one for W.J. Downsworth.

 

Could well be that they're both him.

 

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Jools mckenna

Ok thanks, is it possible to find out what he was charged with?

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Dave66
1 hour ago, IPT said:

 

 

That one has William J Downsworth.  There seems to be another one for W.J. Downsworth.

 

Could well be that they're both him.

 

So there is, one for March under W.J.Downsworth and another in August 20 at Bovington under W J Downsworth.

1 hour ago, Jools mckenna said:

Ok thanks, is it possible to find out what he was charged with?

They are on fold 3 so frustratingly no access I’m afraid.

 

best of luck,

 

Dave.

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George Rayner

How likely is it that one soldier was court martialled three times?

 

George

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IPT

I don't have Ancestry, but the pension record has his residence as Hull.  Presumably, he's the William J Downsworth that died in Hull in 1926, aged 31.

 

I'm not certain whether the middle name Joseph is an affectation or not. It seems to first appear on his military records, then his 1919 marriage. A William Joseph Downsworth then appears on the electoral register in both Yorkshire and Essex between 1924 and 1926.

 

Off topic, but a Thomas J Downsworth married Louisa E Everett in Colchester in 1925.  I believe that William's brother married Laura's sister. Thomas seems to have died in 1931.

 

 

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Mark1959

30/7/1915 was for desertion.Colchester. Difficult to read record but found guilty of absence and given 28 day detention  I believe.

12/8/1920 was for absence, Bovington. 35 days

1/3/1921, Bovington. Desertion 121 days.

No numbers show on records.

info courtesy of WFA

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Jools mckenna
3 minutes ago, Mark1959 said:

30/7/1915 was for desertion.Colchester. Difficult to read record but found guilty of absence and given 28 day detention  I believe.

12/8/1920 was for absence, Bovington. 35 days

Thanks Mark

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Mark1959

Just edited last post with 1921 CM

as he was still in in 1921 have you checked to see if MoD retain his records?

Given the date of forfeiture in 1921 the last conviction appears to have caused his medal forfeiture and led to his discharge 27/4/21 for misconduct - see annotation on Medal Roll.

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