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A sad ending for Pte James Martin DLI.


stevej60

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Hi folk's,I was looking at the most recent additions to this excellent collection when this photograph caught my eye,a real

tragedy considering the date and circumstances of his death.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/illustratedchronicleww1/50410587753/in/album-72157716228384486/

I would think this is his CWGC entry

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/395115/james-martin/

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Thank's Craig, not a pleasant death(if there is such a thing) wonder what happened to the other guy?

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Wound was inflicted by a Leonard Wilson Hopkinson who was convicted of man slaughter in 1919. Martin died at Hull Royal Infirmary. Only got 8 months hard labour

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/61808/images/61808_ho140_357-00189?usePUB=true&_phsrc=YnV1&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=588132

Hopkinson was born in 1901 and was only 17. Looks like he died in 1982. 

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https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/story/46267

"James Martin was fatally stabbed by another 5th D.L.I. soldier, Pte. Leonard Wilson Hopkinson (17) - apparently in a quarrel over a card game which James did not want to take place at Sutton Camp, Hull on Sunday, 24 November 1918. Hopkinson was charged with murder, later reduced to manslaughter and he was convicted of this lesser charge in March 1919 === More details found in newspaper reports: = Hull Daily Mail, 25 Nov 1918 = Hull Daily Mail, 26 Nov 1918 = Hull Daily Mail, 4 Dec 1918 = Hull Daily Mail, 13 Jan 1919 = Hull Daily Mail, 11 Mar 1919 = Hull Daily Mail, 11 Mar 1919 (another article)."

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The press report in FmP gives

murder1.jpg.2a02d513dd8bd49740879664eb5dac88.jpg

I then noticed that the next story gives that a RAF Major was given 9 months for "gross indecency" as opposed to the 8 months for the Manslaughter of Martin

On reading the article above, I thought that it was a sign of the times (the sentence given to the Major). However the report on the Major's trial showed that a 15 year old boy was involved

murder2.jpg.10c5275487c3764382b887565a5d4253.jpg

 

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50 minutes ago, corisande said:

I then noticed that the next story gives that a RAF Major was given 9 months for "gross indecency" as opposed to the 8 months for the Manslaughter of Martin

Especially given what Hopkinson was alleged to have said!

 

1 hour ago, Mark1959 said:

Hopkinson was born in 1901 and was only 17. Looks like he died in 1982. 

A long life of reflection.

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