This page dates from early 1916, but the for­mat re­mained the same through­out the war.

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Sol­diers could ap­peal to a court mar­tial against a com­mand­ing of­fi­cer’s de­ci­sion and an ‘A’ here in­di­cates this is an ap­peal. This box is rarely used.

Sol­dier’s name

All too of­ten all that is given is a sin­gle ini­tial or a sin­gle first name. This means great care needs to be taken be­fore de­cid­ing the sol­dier is your rel­a­tive.

The name of the reg­i­ment

Some­times in the form of ini­tials – KRRC is King’s Royal Ri­fle Corps for ex­am­ple.

Date of trial

They usu­ally only lasted a day or two and were re­ported in the press soon af­ter.


The sol­dier’s rank at the time of the trial. His rank might be re­duced as part of his pun­ish­ment.

The sol­dier’s unit

Where he’s an in­fantry­man it’s his bat­tal­ion num­ber in the reg­i­ment. The Long, Long Trail web­site has use­ful de­tails of these units. Un­for­tu­nately few de­tails are given for men who served in a Corps such as the Army Ser­vice Corps, though bat­tery num­bers are some­times given for ar­tillery­men.

Place of trial

Courts mar­tial were usu­ally held at the place a sol­dier was based or very close. This can be a clue to his unit.

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