On the run !
Hertfordshire Mercury, 5th January 1918
At Ware Petty Sessions, Pte T. Fletcher, of the Labour Battalion, Cambridge, was charged with being a deserter. P.C. George Reed deposed to meeting the defendant on the Amwell Road at 2:30am and taking him into custody.
Pte Thomas Newton, of Ware, was also charged with being a deserter from Kempton Park since December 26th.
Police Sergeant Firth gave evidence of arrest, and Newton admitted the charge. This was the 4th time that he had been a deserter. Both men were remanded in custody to await an escort.