Guardian interview with Harry Farr’s daughter:which highlights a number of interesting points about families and the memory of war. Fascinating to note that Farr was effectively disowned by his father – a point very seldom pointed out in other coverage.
Later – something which I’ve only just thought about – and further to Heather’s comments about Irish soldiers on the post below – is whether there’s been any reaction from the other countries from which executed soldiers came. I’m presuming that there’s already been extensive coverage in New Zealand and Canada. But what about Ghana and Nigeria. Excluding those executed for murder, Corns and Hughes-Wilson have the following in their list:
Pte Samuel Sabongidda, 3/Nigerian, 27/7/1917 – Violence
Pte Herbert Morris, 6/British West Indies, 20/9/1917 – Desertion
Pte Fatoma, West African Regt, 19/9/1915 – Cowardice
L-Cpl Allassan Mamprusi, Gold Coast Regt, 28/4/1917 – Cowardice
Pte Aziberi Frafra, Gold Coast Regt, 28/9/1916 – Casting away arms.
I also think I probably need to check how the 306 being pardoned are actually defined. Is it just those who were executed for cowardice and desertion? Is anybody campaigning for those executed for mutiny, casting away arms, disobedience, sleeping at post, quitting post or striking a senior office?
Private P Davis, for example, was executed for quitting his post on the Gallipoli peninsula on 2 July 1915. Davis’ excuse was that he’d a major attack of diarrheoa – a prevalent enough problem on the peninsula – but since he’d been convicted of absence on two previous occasions, the court did not commute his sentence. Davis was a member of 1 Munster Fusiliers, which suffered very heavy casualties in the original Gallipoli landings. Is he going to be pardoned?