Death for Desertion
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On January 5th, 1917, Sub-Lieutenant Edwin Dyett of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, faced the firing squad. Although accused of desertion in the face of the enemy, the facts surrounding the case and Dyett's psychological and nervous condition cast serious doubts on whether justice was done. Drawing on statements and court martial documents, this re-examination of the trial asks: was Dyett a coward, or simply wholly unsuited to the role of an officer in the front line?