War Diaries Talk

Unusual reason for a Court Martial Trial - not seen an entry like this before.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Dentures-court martial trial.

    Cases of loss or fracture of dentures will be investigated. Liable to Court Martial trial, if result shows wilful damage or negligence. (Dentures supplied by Government to NCO’s and men).

    An order in the diary of the 24th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. (Last paragraph)
    Link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003qrz


  • David_Underdown by David_Underdown moderator

    State of teeth was very important to the army, in part I think because you needed teeth to use a gas mask properly. Also, as the bracketed bit says, they were issue, so it was potentially a case of damaging government property!

    You might also struggle with some army rations (eg biscuit) if your teeth weren't in a good state, it was a fairly common reason for failing a medical exam at the start of the war.