Deserting from the ranks

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th October 1914


At Ware Police Court, John Benn was charged on his own confession with being a deserter from His Majesty’s forces.

Superintendent Handley stated that the defendant came to the police station that morning saying that he wished to give himself up for being a deserter.  He had joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on the 7th of the month, at Leeds, his home town, and had been sent from there to Newhaven at which place he arrived on the Friday morning.  There being no blankets available, and food very short, he absconded on the Sunday afternoon, and had walked through various places until he reached Ware, and was then hard up.  He was a boiler maker by trade, and his age was 26.

He was remanded in custody to await an escort.

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