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Introduction

This page deals with First World War courts-martials, across the British Army as a whole. The information is based upon studying papers which are held at the PRO.

For details about the specific courts-martials of members of the Middlesex Regiment and the Corps of Royal Engineer, please click here.

The following tables summarise the total number of courts-martials in the Brtish Army during World War One. These figures include all types of courts-martials, and for all types of offences. For an explanation of the different types of courts-martials, consult my history of British courts-martial article.

For figures describing the number of death sentences passed by British Army Military Courts, please read my article about death sentences passed 1914 to 1924. You can do this by clicking on the "Capital Terms" phrase.

The tables cover the General Court Martial (GCM), Field General Courts Martial (FGCM) and District Court Martial (DCM).

Officer courts-martials 1914-19

Courts-martial Figures for Officer Ranks 1914-1919
Type 4/8 - 30/9/14 1/10/14 - 30/9/15 1/10/15 - 30/9/16 1/10/16 - 30/9/17 1/10/17 - 30/9/18 1/10/18 - 30/9/19
GCM Home 1 86 356 435 814 599
GCM Abroad 4 68 478 735 839 842
FGCM Abroad 1 17 15 58 141 159

 

Other Ranks (Home) 1914-19

Home courts-martials for Other Ranks 1914-1919
Type 4/8 - 30/9/14 1/10/14 - 30/9/15 1/10/15 - 30/9/16 1/10/16 - 30/9/17 1/10/17 - 30/9/18 1/10/18 - 30/9/19
GCM Home 3 121 43 158 63 149
FGCM Ireland 33 279 - - - -
DCM Home 629 19,340 27,053 32,692 32,396 19,037

 

Other Ranks (Abroad) 1914-19

Overseas courts-martials for Other Ranks 1914-1919
Type 4/8 - 30/9/14 1/10/14 - 30/9/15 1/10/15 - 30/9/16 1/10/16 - 30/9/17 1/10/17 - 30/9/18 1/10/18 - 30/9/19
GCM Abroad - 22 63 21 22 130
FGCM Abroad 52 14,743 30,295 32,830 41,668 30,367
DCM Abroad 90 877 721 1,058 1,284 820
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