|Postcard of Duke of York's Headquarters, Chelsea.|
Major-General B.T. Wilson, C.B., D.S.O.
Brigadier F.A.M. Browning, D.S.O., Commander 24th (Guards) Independent Brigade Group
Col. E.W.S. Balfour, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., Commanding Scots Guards
Lt. Col. H.H. Cripps, D.S.O., Officer Commanding, Infantry Training Centre, Royal Fusiliers
Major R.O.R. Kenyon-Slaney, Grenadier Guards
Lt. Col. E.D. Mackenzie, C.M.G., C.V.O., D.S.O., Officer Commanding, Holding Battalion, Scots Guards
Major R.C. Alexander, Irish Guards
|Signatures of the Judge Advocate, President and four Members of the Court Martial|
(National Archives - WO 32/18144)
In addition to these highly decorated soldiers, there were a few men from the legal profession. While the President was in charge of the court martial, the Judge Advocate was there to ensure that the proper legal procedures were followed. Naturally there was an Attorney for the Prosecution as well as an Attorney for the Defence. In Josef's case, the following filled those roles:
C.L. Stirling, Esq, Deputy Judge Advocate General
Attorney for the Prosecution
Major A.A.H. Marlowe, Judge Advocate General’s Office
Attorney for the Defence
Captain E.V.E. White, Barrister-at-Law
Finally, there was an Interpreter and a Shorthand Writer.
Lieutenant W.J. Thomas, Intelligence Corps
7653216 Quartermaster Sergeant B.A. Balment, R.A.O.C.
Perhaps it's just me, but this long list of names is rather meaningless. Ranks, Surnames, Decorations, Commands - but little else. I want to know something of these men who decided the fate of Josef Jakobs. I want to meet these men in at least some fashion. With a bit of tenacity, most have background stories that can be teased out of the dusty backrooms of history.