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    DETAILS OF ACCUSED
    Name: Corporal James Michael WOOD. Age 29.

    Unit: (now): Attached to Headquarters RHEINDAHLEN Garrison.

    (At?

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    DETAILS OF ACCUSED
    Name: Corporal James Michael WOOD. Age 29.

    Unit: (now): Attached to Headquarters RHEINDAHLEN Garrison.

    (At time of offence): 212 Signal Squadron (OSNABRUCK).

    Home Town: ROTHERHAM, YORKSHIRE.

    Married or Single: Single. Trade: Clerk.

    Length of Service: 5 years 11 months.

    COMPOSITION OF COURT
    PRESIDENT Brigadier P.F. CLAXTON O.B.E. HQ BAOR
    MEMBERS Colonel W.R. STIRK O.B.E. OC 37 RHINE WORKSHOPS
    Lt Col R.F. PARKER M.B.E. - R.E. HQ BAOR
    Lt Col G.W. POPE - R.P.C. HQ BAOR
    Major R. SERGEANT - 2 E ANGLIAN HQ BAOR
    WAITING MEMBER Major A. DONALDSON - QUEENS SURREY REGIMENT HQ BAOR
    JUDGE ADVOCATE E.H.V. HARINGTON Esq. - A.J.A.G.

    Prosecuting Officer Lt Col J.A. McILVENNA - A.L.S. HQ BAOR
    CHARGE SHEET
    The accused number 22639592 Corporal James Michael WOOD, Royal Corps of Signals attached Headquarters RHEINDAHLEN Garrison, a non-commissioned officer of the Regular Forces is charged with:
    1st CHARGE COMMITTING A CIVIL OFFENCE CONTRARY TO SECTION 70 OF THE ARMY ACT 1955 THAT IS TO SAY ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 1 (1)(c) OF THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT 1911 CONTRARY TO SECTION 7 OF THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT 1920.

    2nd CHARGE ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT A MILITARY OFFENCE CONTRARY TO SECTION 68 OF THE ARMY ACT 1955 THAT IS TO SAY DESERTION.

    Cpl WOOD
    1. On 11 June 63 Cpl WOOD signed a certificate to the effect that he did not wish to have legal aid or be represented by a defending officer at his forthcoming General Court Martial on 20 June 63.

    2. Major J.R. ELLIS, Royal Signals, was appointed "Soldier's Friend" on the 25 May 1963, to assist Cpl WOOD in anyway that he could.

    3. On the 27th May 1963, after some two and a half hours discussion with Major ELLIS, WOOD agreed to accept legal aid. He also agreed that Major ELLIS wrote to WOODs father and inform him that WOOD was being remanded for Court Martial on certain charges.

    4. On the 1st and 5th June WOOD was visited by Major ELLIS and on each occasion still agreed to accept legal aid, but insisted that he would plead Guilty, but would agree anything his Counsel recommended to reduce the sentence.

    5. On the 10th June having been informed that WOOD had changed his mind about receiving legal aid. Major ELLIS spent some two and a half hours trying to persuade WOOD to change his mind, but was unsuccessful. WOOD was adamant that he would have neither Counsel, Barrister, Defending Officer or Soldier's Friend.

    6. Capt LYONS the Garrison Adjutant has seen WOOD on numerous occasions to try and persuade him to be properly represented.

    7.Colonel DAVIDSON, the Garrison Commander has seen WOOD twice in a specific attempt to make WOOD change his mind and have proper representation at his trial.

    8.Cpl WOOD is still adamant that he does not want any representation at his trial.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40XWM8II4CTERGG2DBUB99TYM
    Media URN:
    VLVA40XWM8II4CTERGG2DBUB99TYM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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