Harold Moore, MM
|Summary of Court Martial Proceedings|
Library and Archives Canada reference
Name: Moore, Walter Harold
Regimental Number: 59671
Offence: 12(1a), 24(2)
RG150 - Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Series 8, File 649-M-6356, Microfilm Reel Number T-8672, file access code 90, Finding Aid Number 150-5
The District Court Martial was held at Witley Camp on December 17, 1918
Major JT Bardolph
Capt PH Jobb, 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion
Capt E Delaney, 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion
Capt ES Sawell, 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion (formerly with the 21st Battalion) appears as counsel for the accused.
Charge Number 1
WHEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE, DESERTING HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE in that he, at Witley, Surrey, on the 28th day of October, 1918, absented himself without leave from the 1st Canadian Command Depot until reporting to Receiving Company Orderly Room, 1st Canadian Command Depot, Witley Camp, Surrey, at 2200, on the 9th day of December, 1918.
Charge Number 2
LOSING BY NEGLECT HIS EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING AND REGIMENTAL NECESSARIES in that he, at Witley Camp, Surrey, on the 10th day of December, 1918, was deficient of:- 1 Tooth Brush, value 7 ½ d; 1 Winter Shirt, value 4/7 d; 1 Waistcoat Cardigan, value 6/-; 1 table spoon, value 5d; TOTAL VALUE 11/7 ½ d, being articles of his equipment, clothing and regimental necessaries.
He entered a plea of Not Guilty to both charges.
FIRST WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
No 424303 Cpl Taylor R
1st Canadian Command Depot
“I am NCO in charge of the Absentees’ Receiving Company, 1st Canadian Command Depot. I recognize the accused. I produce a certified true copy of the Record of Declaration of a Court of Inquiry (marked “Y”, signed by the President and attached to the Proceedings) held on the 20th November, 1918, which Court declared that the accused illegally absented himself without leave on the 28th day of October, 1918.
The accused reported to the Receiving Company Orderly Room, 1st Canadian Command Depot, at 2200 o’clock, 9th December, 1918.”
The accused declined to cross-examine this witness.
SECOND WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
No 851 Pte Arthur Haydock
“I am employed in the Quarter-Master’s Stores, Receiving Company, 1st Canadian Command Depot. I recognize the accused. On the 10th day of December, 1918, I checked his kit and found it deficient of 1 Tooth Brush, 1 Winter Shirt, 1 Waistcoat Cardigan, 1 Table Spoon. Total value 11/7 ½ . I produce for the examination of the Court, the clothing statement of the accused, showing that these articles had been issued to him.”
The accused declined to ask any questions of the witness.
The accused declined to call any witnesses in his defence of the first charge but did wish to make a statement, as follows:
“I was in uniform all the time I was about and had no intention of Deserting His Majesty’s Forces.”
He was found Not Guilty of the first charge of Desertion, but was found Guilty of being Absent Without Leave.
In his defence of the second charge, the accused called 1 witness, Capt RJ Davidson 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion (formerly with the 21st Battalion) and he stated:
“I have known the accused Pte Moore, for over four years now. Twenty-seven months of that time he was in France with the 21st Battalion. During that time, perhaps whilst out of the line, he was inclined to be careless.
In the line he always proved to be one of the best men I had in my Company. So far as I know, he is of good moral character.”
The prosecutor declined to cross examine
The accused was found guilty of the second charge
MEDICAL OFFICER’S CERTIFICATE
The Medical Officer stated that the accused was in a good state of health and that he is fit to undergo imprisonment with or without hard labour, and given his past medical history, it would not seriously affect his condition.
SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS CONDUCT
It was noted that he had been in custody for 8 days waiting trial
Since enlistment, he has been charged with Drunkeness 1 time, he has been absent without leave 4 times, he broke quarantine 1 time, he was absent from parade 1 time, and for Improper conduct in huts 1 time.
It was also noted that he was awarded the Military Medal
Pte WH Moore was sentenced to
Ø 56 days detention
Ø to undergo stoppage of pay until he has made good the value of the following articles
o Brushes Tooth – one – 7 ½
o Waistcoat Cardigan – one – 6-0
o Spoon Table – one - .5
o Shirts Winter – one – 4.7
§ Total s11-7 ½ Eleven Shillings and Seven Pence Halfpenny
Note that the record for Court Martial that took place in Montreal could not be located in the Archives and the only information available is that which is contained in his service file summarized above.