Field general court martial

Extracts from the field general court martial of Corporal Jesse Robart Short in Etaples, France, September 1917.

Short, a corporal in the 24th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers was executed on 4 October 1917 for attempted mutiny during the disturbances at the British army base camp at Etaples. On 11 September, he apparently incited men in a Glossarypicquet to lay down their arms and attack one of their officers, Captain Wilkinson: 'That Buggar [sic] ought to have a rope tied around his neck with a stone on it and be chucked into the River.' Despite his previously good disciplinary record, Short's execution was confirmed by Haig on 30 September 1917. He appears to have been made a scapegoat: nobody else was executed for their part in the Etaples mutiny. For more on the mutiny, see 'Mutiny at Etaples' on www.shotatdawn.org.uk/etaples.htm.
Catalogue reference: WO 71/599 (Sep 1917)

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