John in front of Military Tribunal

John and his brother Charlie had spoken to each other only once since war broke out. In the meantime Charlie had come through action at Loos in September 1915 and La Bassee in June 1916. Charlie was sent back home after the battle of Beaumont-Hammel and the Schwaben redoubt in September that year just as John was making his first appearance before the local Military Tribunal and Tribunal chairman Alexander Spence.