THE COURTS MARTIAL REGISTER
This page dates from early 1916, but the format remained the same throughout the war.
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.
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.