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Stanton Hill Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Richard Ernest and Hannah Dorricott and the brother of Sarah, Florence May, Henry and Frederick Dorricott. In 1911 they lived at 60 Stanton Hill.
He was a miner.
19 Sep 1916
754643 - CWGC Website
7th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
He enlisted 31/8/1914. On 29/12/1915 by order of Brigadier General Bainbridge Dorricott was sentenced to five years penal servitude for 'when a soldier acting as a sentinel on active service sleeping on his post'. The sentence was commuted to three months Field Punishment No 1 (again on the orders of Bainbridge). Field Punishment was introduced in 1881 following the abolition of flogging, and was a common punishment during World War I. A commanding officer could award field punishment for up to 28 days, while a court martial could award it for up to 90 days. Field Punishment Number One, often abbreviated to ‘F.P. No. 1’ or even just ‘No. 1’, consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of World War I, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname ‘crucifixion’. This was applied for up to three days out of four, up to 21 days total. It was usually applied in field punishment camps set up for this purpose a few miles behind the front line, but when the unit was on the move it would be carried out by the unit itself. It has been alleged that this punishment was sometimes applied within range of enemy fire. During World War I Field Punishment Number One was issued by the British Army on 60210 occasions. Field Punishment Number One was eventually abolished in 1923, when an amendment to the Army Act which specifically forbade attachment to a fixed object was passed by the House of Lords. (Wikipedia)
He enlisted as Derricott and this name is cited by UKSWD and was used through through most of his Army Service Record. The correct name Dorricott is used for the first time 19/11/1917 with reference to returning his possessions to the family. CWGC incorrectly cites his age at death as 35.
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