British Army, Deserters and Absentees In Police Gazette 1914-1919

Was your ancestor absent without leave during the First World War? The Police Gazette published regular lists of deserters and absentees during the war years. These lists can tell you a lot about your ancestor including birth year, occupation, last known address and any distinguishing physical characteristics. While desertion was a capital offence during World War 1, some deserters were never caught and went on to live their lives under an assumed name.

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