|Not more than six names to be entered on one form.
||12th September 1917.
Name of Alleged Offender (a)
Finding, and if Convicted, Sentence (b)
How dealt with by Confirming Officer
No. 626. Corporal Jesse Robart Short. 24th Battalion Northumberland
|Endeavouring to persuade persons in His Majesty's
Regular Forces to join in a mutiny, in that he at Etaples, on
the 11th September 1917, endeavoured to persuade a Picquet not
to listen to their officers but to lay down their arms and go
with him and referring to the Officer in Command of the Picquet,
said to the Picquet, "you ought to get a rope, tie it round
his neck with a stone and throw him into the river," or
words to that effect.
||Guilty. To suffer death by being
||[word and signature not clearly legible]
Confirmed D.Haig. FM 30 Sep.17
(a) If the name of the person charged is unknown, he may be
described as unknown, with such addition as will identify him.
(b) Recommendation to mercy to be inserted in this column
[handwritten signature not clearly legible]
K R Balfour
SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE in the case
of No. 626 Corpl. JESSE ROBART SHORT,
24th. Northumberland Fusiliers.
E.F. Wilkinson, 8th. West Yorkshire Regiment, states:-
On the afternoon of the 11th. instant,
I was in charge of a Picquet of 150 armed and 50 unarmed men on
the Bridge over the River Canche leading from ETAPLES to PARIS-PLAGE.
At about 9-15 p.m. about 80 men marched towards the Bridge from
ETAPLES, some of them armed with sticks and notice boards. The
Picquet failed to stop these men from crossing the Bridge.
accused detached himself from this Party and while I was addressing
my Picquet and remonstrating with them for failing to stand-fast
the accused started haranguing them. Referring to me he said "
you want to put a rope round that Buggar's neck tie a stone to
it and throw him into the River", and he told the men that
they should not listen to me. Within a few minutes I was able
to get the accused arrested.
F Wilkinson Capt.
(handwritten) The accused declines to cross [examine] this
2nd. Lieut. C.D. THOMPSON, 11th. West Yorkshire Regiment, states:-
the 11/9/1917 I was one of the Officers with a Picquet on the
Bridge over the River Canche leading from ETAPLES to PARIS-PLAGE.
Between 9 and 10 p.m. the Accused started interrupting Capt. WILKINSON,
who was talking to his Picquet, and among other things he said
to the Picquet "Don't listen to that bloody Officer"
and told them to come along. Referring to Capt. WILKINSON he said,
"that Buggar ought to have a rope tied round his neck with
a stone on it and be chucked into the River".
(signature) [Charles] D. Thompson
(handwritten) The accused declines to cross examine this
K R Balfour Maj. Presdt. F Ellis (unclear)