Remembering those shot at dawn

There was an article on the BBC website recently that referred to a successful campaign to add the name of a soldier shot duing the the First World War for desertion to his local war memorial.  

Read article from BBC NEWS

It is a very common misconception that people who were executed for desertion or cowardice were not commemorated on war memorials.  In fact, there are many examples where they were named on their local memorial immediately after the First World War.  As with all memorials, the criteria for a name to be included varied between communities and while some may have considered execution as reason for omission, others did not.

For example, Joseph Fox, executed in 1915 for desertion, is found listed on both the Chippenham war memorial, unveiled in 1921, and the Roll of Honour in his parish church. Similarly, Ernest Beaumont, executed later that same year, appears on his local memorial in Cambridge.

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