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George Chatfield - c1848

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Maralyn Report 18 Jun 2020 20:11

Thank you everyone for your help.


ErikaH Report 18 Jun 2020 09:51

Look for him on 1871 census.


ArgyllGran Report 17 Jun 2020 19:07

According to the answer to this query about a similar case:

it means "Desertion, and making away with kit".

The sentence would be 56 days, not months.

I don't know where he would have completed his sentence.

I think (and I don't know for sure) he wouldn't have been discharged after the 56 days. If they were going to discharge him, I expect they would have done that immediately, and not bothered with the 56 days.


Maralyn Report 17 Jun 2020 17:59

Obtained from the National Archives a copy of a Court Marshall schedule, where George was listed. Expecting to get copy of Hearing Notes, so disappointed with the information received: -

Private George Chatfield, 73rd Foot, Shorncliffe, 19th April,
Desertion M.a.Kit. Sentence 56.

What is M.a.kit; is this related to his uniform?
Would 56 be days or months?
Would he have been discharged following sentence?
Would he have stayed at Shorncliffe or gone to Colchester to complete his sentence? :-(


Maralyn Report 5 Jan 2020 23:19

Thank you. Will check out information provided. :-)


ArgyllGran Report 4 Jan 2020 16:44

Or take out a 7-day free trial membership to Fold3.

George Chatfield
in the UK, Naval and Military Courts Martial Registers, 1806-1930

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Name: George Chatfield
Court or Trial Date: 19 Mar 1869
Court or Trial Place: Shorncliffe
Regiment: 73 Foot
Reference Number: WO 86/18

Source Citation
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Judge Advocate General's Office: District Courts Martial Registers, Home and Abroad; Series: WO 86; Piece Number: 18


ArgyllGran Report 4 Jan 2020 16:42

The National Archives has some records of Courts Martial - info here:


Maralyn Report 4 Jan 2020 14:10

Where can I get details of ancestors Court Marshall for desertion and dates of his service with the army? We know:

Court Trail Date: 19th March 1869
Place: Shorncliffe, Kent
Regiment: 73 Foot
Reference: WO 86/18

Newspaper article quoted 76 Foot not 73 Foot.

Would this information be free and available via the library system?