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Officers Pardoned

Name

Regiment

Date of Courts-Martial Offence Location Sentence

Action by King

Ref

Lt-Col JF Elkington Ist Bn.Royal Warwickshire Regiment 12/09/1914 Shameful Conduct Chouy (F&F) Cashiered Remitted by HM King ( 22/08/16 ) / Not Guilty of Cowardice WO90/6/28
Lt-Col AE Mainwaring 2nd Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 12/09/1914 Shameful Conduct Chouy (F&F) Cashiered Remitted by HM King ( 22/08/16 ) / Not Guilty of Cowardice WO90/6/28
Lt GDC Tracey 1/7th Bn.  Gordon Highlanders ( TF ) 11/06/1915 S.4 Cowardice ) Cornet Malo (F&F) Cashiered Conditional Pardon by HM King ( 05/12/23 ) WO90/6/32
Maj Lincoln Sandwith late 8th ( King's Royal Irish ) Hussars / Army Provost Marshal-Indian Army Cavalry Corps 17/08/1915 ( S. 41*  Scandalous conduct. Having carnal knowledge of girl under 16 ) St Omer (F&F)  Cashiered / *NG of unlawful sex Commuted by HM King ( 30/11/15 ) WO90/6/33
Maj Eric C Norman  15th Bn. ( Prince of Wales's Own ) West Yorkshire Regiment 07/04/1916 Drunk Bus Les Artois (F&F) Dismissal Pardoned & Reinstated by HM King WO90/6/52
Maj G Langdon Army Service Corps 28/01/1918 ( S. 25.1a ) / ( 5 x S. 40 ) In field (SEF)  Dismissal Pardoned & Reinstated by HM King WO90/8/15
T/Lt GT Bennet 10th ( Service ) Bn.  Hampshire Regiment 26/11/1918 Absence  /  Drunk In field (SEF) Dismissal Commuted to Forfeiture of Service by HM King WO90/8/46
T/Capt (A / Maj) Sir DJ Wernher Royal Army Service Corps 21/02/1919  ( S.41* Scandalous Conduct )  /  ( 2 x S. 40 ) In field (SEF) Cashiered *Quashed / Commuted to Dismissal by HM King WO90/8/60
T/Lt. SJ Dickinson 1st Bn. The King's ( Shropshire Light Infantry ) 10/08/1918 Absence xxxxxxxx Reprimanded Pardoned by HM King for Gallantry. HM King ordered that the record be erased WO90/8/46
2/Lt GM Norman McLeod 2nd Bn ( Prince of Wales's Volunteers ) South Lancashire Regiment 08/05/1913 Drunk Curragh Dismissal Commuted to Severe Reprimand by HM King WO92/3/15
2/Lt Arthur J Goddard 14th ( Reserve) Bn. Royal Fusiliers ( City of London Regiment ) 02/12/1915 Scandalous behaviour x 3 Shoreham Cashiered Remitted by HM King WO92/3/29
2/Lt William L Pauer 3rd Bn. Devonshire Regiment 17/07/1916 ( Absence ) / ( Shameful Conduct x 4 ) / ( 4 x S. 40 Cheque ) Devonport  Cashiered Reinstated by HM King ( 08/05/20 ) WO92/3/43
Capt WJ Borlase 7th ( att 3rd ) Royal Sussex Regiment ( Garrison ) Royal Suffolk Regiment 26/02/1917 ( Drunk ) / ( S. 11 )  /  ( 2 x S. 40 ) Gravesend Dismissal Pardon granted by HM King ( 11/10/22 ) * / Severe Reprimand.   WO92/4/5

*43532/15

2/Lt RF McMichael Royal Flying Corps ( General List ) 19/06/1917 Absence Hounslow Dismissal Commuted by HM King to Forfeiture of Service ( 19/06/17 ) WO92/4/10
Lt (A Capt) W A Wyatt 3rd Bn. East Surrey Regiment 12/05/1919 ( S. 25.1A x 6 ) / ( S. 41 x 2 ) Watford Cashiered / 6 Months Hard Labour Hard Labour Remitted / Pardoned ( see proceedings ) by HM King WO92/4/72

Officers Court Martialled by the British Army 19131924 Gerard Oram and Julian Putkowski - Forthcoming Publication - Available in 2004 - Francis Boutle Publishers.  Lists nearly six thousand officers brought before military courts for a variety of crimes between 1913 and 1924, together with an introduction. Oram and Putkowski are the two leading authorities on the subject. This volume completes the series of information gathered from the Public Records Office relating to courts-martial during the First World War.

War Pardons by Julian Putkowski

 25/04/2004 - 'Fresh Call to Pardon War Cowards'

25/04/2004 - 'A Truly Sorry Affair'

Manual of Military Law 1914-18

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