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World War I: Court-Martial

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of soldiers sentenced for desertion by court-martial during the First World War were executed.[HL7277]

Approximately 7,000 servicemen were tried for desertion under the (British) Army Act 1881. We would need to examine the registers for courts martial to establish how many were sentenced and this could be done only at disproportionate effort. 266 were executed. It is not known how many soldiers were sentenced or executed for desertion under the Indian Army Act 1911.