Whilst cataloguing historical records at the MoD 1989-2003, came across an incident when Prince Charles wnt to the USA on JUPITER(?) in the 70s. A rather old guy turns up at the gangway, escorted by the assorted media et al, and demanded to surrender hinself to Prince C personally as he was an RN deserter. Well Chas is ashore, doing his Royal visiting duties, so will the Skipper do ? This old guy, had apparently jumped ship in Canada, gone over the border and settled in the States. When Uncle Sam entered WW II, he joined the USN, and served throughout 1941-1945, thereby entitling him to "Veterean " status. After much exchange of signals, telexes etc, the old guy was given an administrative discharge from the RN, with effect from 1923 ! The only thing he seemed to miss was the privilege of saying when asked "how long are you absent ?" was "30 odd years, work that bastard out in hours and minutes !" Will dig out the NA reference - you'll piss yourself laughing if you read the file.
Such a relief... no deserters in the family, just a relative who made a false confession to protect his older brother and was transported to Australia for 7 years. Got released and returned to Tolpuddle and became a builder. Died in a workhouse.
Surprised to find none of my ancestors on the list, despite coming from a long line of Irish Republicans... then again I know my ancestors would probably not have been stupid enough to join the Forces!! :lol: