Gordon Risius: Soldiers and the Law in the Great War
Public interest in military law during the First World War has concentrated disproportionately, if understandably, on the 346 soldiers executed by sentence of court-martial and now pardoned. The cases of those reprieved, along with the 250,000 courts-martial which did not result in a death sentence, have received less attention. This talk will compare and contrast military law in 1914-1918 with the tri-service arrangements which govern our armed forces today.
Major-General His Honour Gordon Risius CB qualified as a solicitor in 1972 and served as a military lawyer from 1973 until 2003, latterly as Director Army Legal Services and the first Prosecuting Authority for the Army. After retiring from the army he was a Circuit Judge from 2003 until 2014, latterly as the Resident Judge at Oxford Crown Court and the Honorary Recorder of Oxford.