Death for Desertion

the Story of the Court Martial and Execution of Sub Lt. Edwin Dyett

Leonard Sellers

Date Published :
August 2003
Publisher :
Leo Cooper
Illustration :
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780850529777
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


"It is a soldier's tale cut in stone to melt all hearts" Thus Winston Churchill in his introduction to AP Herbert's novel The Secret Battle, a book inspired by and quite clearly based upon the execution of Sub-Lieutenant Edwin Dyett of the Nelson Battalion, 63rd (Royal Navy) Division on 5 January, 1917, for desertion in the face of the enemy.

This moving and thought-provoking book cuts a path through the cloud of secrecy which for years has enveloped all the documents relating to First World War courts martial, to tell the tragic tale of the death of one such young man and the truth behind his conviction.