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13224 Sapper Malyon, 12th Field Company attached Royal Field Artillery, was tried with desertion at a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) held at Mazingarbe on 21 March 1917. On 31 July 1916, while Sapper Malyons unit was at Brandhoek, he absented himself from his unit, until apprehended by the Military Police at Wulverdinghe on 27 January 1917.
After returning an unanimous guilty verdict, the court heard that the accused had several previous offences.
After the court-martial announced its verdict the Major commanding the 12th Field Company RE provided the following character reference.
This mans character from a fighting point of view was POOR. He was continually going sick when under orders for the trenches.
I have had no opportunity of judging his conduct in action nor have any of my officers.
Sapper Malyon joined the 12th Field Company on 30 April 1915, and served continuously till going absent on 31 July 1916.
State of discipline of the unit is very good.
When Sapper Malyon first went absent this unit was under orders to move and it was generally believed that the Division was going to the Somme battlefield. I consider it possible that the crime was committed with the object of avoiding subsequent operations but I am unable to give a definite opinion.
Sapper Frederick Malyon, whose age is unknown, was sentenced to death by shooting with no recommendation for mercy.
The sentence was carried out at 6.34am on 4 April 1917 at Nouex-les-Mines. The death was witnessed as being instantaneous by Captain Anderson, RAMC, of the 17th Field Ambulance.
Frederick Malyon is buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Grave Reference I.P.18.