HC Deb 12 January 1916 vol 77 cc1578-9
10. Mr. J. P. FARRELL

asked whether, in the case of Private L. Hope, sentenced to death for alleged desertion of the post of duty and executed in August last in France, the sentence was sanctioned in the manner provided by the Regulations; whether this man was not told at the time of his trial or until within 1½ hours of his execution of the sentence which was carried out on him; whether his company records show that, so far from being a coward or deserter, he had on several occasions needlessly exposed himself on the trench parapets defying the German snipers; whether he had the benefit of any advocate in his trial; and whether, in such cases, a prisoner condemned has any right of appeal or is given any chance to defend himself?


I cannot find in the records for July, August or September any case under the name and initials quoted. There was a court-martial on a man of this name in the month of March. Perhaps the hon. Member will send me more exact particulars.