Many soldiers deserted from their regiments in Australia. If apprehended they were liable for trial in a court martial.

Their absence from the regiment may have been advertised in a local paper, in the Police Gazette of the colony, or in the English Police gazette: or Hue and cry.

Tried in a Court Martial?

The registers of military Court Martial are held in the records of the War Office on microfilm in the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP).

See the Registers of Courts Martial at

Use Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook Part 4: War Office to find microfilm numbers.