Great to see that Findmypast has published a collection of Police Gazettes from the war years, these in turn courtesy of my old pal Graham Stewart.
The information given varies according to the category of absentees. Some men were deserters, others failed to turn up having attested under the Derby Scheme (or Group Scheme) whilst others refused to present themselves having been conscripted from 1916 onwards.
There are over 13,000 names in this niche collection which can be searched by forename, last name, year of birth, event year, regimental number, regiment or keyword.
Even if you have no personal interest in this particular collection it can be fascinating to browse through, and some of the tattoos described in the marks and remarks column are particularly interesting.
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