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Deserting the Royal Navy in 1899 - what would the Navy do?
« on: Monday 13 December 21 10:59 GMT (UK) »
In March 1899, three years into his twelve year service, my ancestor (a stoker, posted to a shore establishment at the time) deserted.  What would the Navy have done to find him?

The country was not at war, so desertion may not have been a capital offence?

My guess is that the RN or police would have called on his family (living near Southampton) looking for him, but how much effort would they have put into the search?

Any thoughts gratefully received!

Philip

[p.s. - he redeemed himself by volunteering for the Army in 1915, served in France, was invalided out at the end of 1916 and died in 1917]
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Re: Deserting the Royal Navy in 1899 - what would the Navy do?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 14 December 21 18:07 GMT (UK) »
His name, description and home address would have been published in the Police Gazette (I dont know if it was regional) and the RN would have left it to the Civil Powers to recover him and return him to the RN.
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Re: Deserting the Royal Navy in 1899 - what would the Navy do?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 December 21 11:37 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks, Peter.
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