WW1 Deserters from Wakefield

Extracted from the Wakefield Express issue of September 27th 1917 – Wakefield Court Petty Sessions.

“City Court – Saturday. Before Ald. G. Foster.  A Violent Deserter – William Moorhouse, Belle Vue, was charged with being a deserter from the K.O.Y.L.I.  Sergt. Sheard and P.C. Gardner visited defendant’s house in the early hours of Saturday morning and found him in hiding.  The man became very violent and struck the sergeant in the jaw. – Prisoner was remanded to await escort.

Thomas Allen, Barnsley, was charged with being an absentee under the Military Service Act and was ordered to be handed over to the military authorities.

City Court Monday. Before Major Bolton (presiding), Ad. W. H. Kingswell, Mr. Fred Simpson, Ald. G. A. Moorhouse, and Mr. C. Mellor. – An Absentee in ‘Civvies’,  – John Henry Harrison was charged with being an absentee from a Labour Battalion connected with the Lincolnshire Regiment.  Prisoner, who appeared in the dock in ‘civvies’, was arrested in a house in Union Square, Kirkgate, by P.C. Kirkby, shortly after midnight on Saturday.  The man admitted he was an absentee, and said he had done away with his uniform.  He was remanded to wait escort and the officer was recommended for a reward of 10s.

West Riding Court Monday. Before Mr. Percy Tew (presiding), Mr. W. Briggs, Mr. T. P. Robinson, and Cr. A Johnson.  Absentee – William Thompson, Normanton, and Alfred Arundel Newton Hill, were charged with being absentees from the Lancashire Fusiliers and the  Norfolk Regiment respectively, and they were remanded to await escort.