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Military Prison Records 1939/1940

Discussion in 'Military records' started by Willibrod, Dec 31, 2021.

  1. Willibrod

    Willibrod LostCousins Member

    I am looking for records on a relative that was in military prison 1940 . He was called up for service but went awol .
    He was living in London . He say that he was transferred from prison with other prisoners to the same army unit .
    I have obtained his army records .there is no mention of prison
  2. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    the only records I can find are for POWs and he obviously doesn't fall into that category.
    If you obtained his army records from Ancestry you might find a more extensive record if you order from the GRO, see this link.
  3. Willibrod

    Willibrod LostCousins Member

    I have his army service records . They begin in June 1940. His story was that he was called up in 1939 but went Awol during the blitz. Eventually arrested and sent to prison . In prison he met some professional criminals . They all ended up in the same unit .
    He had some great stories about their adventures during the war .
  4. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    The official term for awol is desertion. I used the phrase 'uk military deserter records' in Google which presented a list of possible websites. I looked at the Courts Martial and Desertion in the British Army. Here. Reading through some of it I get the impression you may find something in Fold3 and I have a sub for that, if you want me to look send me a PM.

    On re-reading your post I now get the impression the prison term was short, especially as he was able to tell stories about his adventures. Maybe it was a few days? in which case I doubt there would be too much on record, sorry to sound negative.

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