John Hipkin, the organiser of the Shot at Dawn campaign to secure pardons for soldiers executed during the First World War, welcomed the decision. Mr Hipkin, a retired teacher from Newcastle upon Tyne, highlighted the fact that four of the 306 executed were aged 17 when they were shot.
A campaign for justice has been run for decades on behalf of those shot at dawn, starting almost immediately after the war ended, largely on the grounds of the primitive methods of justice exercised by military tribunals during the 1914-18 war.
So it took months of sleepless nights and aggressive outbursts to realise what I’d taken on with Simon’s PTSD.” PTSD’s symptoms range from nightmares and hallucinations to anxiety and inability to control emotions, and is often accompanied by alcoholism and substance abuse."I hope we can take the earliest opportunity to achieve this by introducing a suitable amendment to the current Armed Forces Bill."I believe a group pardon, approved by Parliament, is the best way to deal with this.After 90 years, the evidence just doesn't exist to assess all the cases individually."I do not want to second guess the decisions made by commanders in the field, who were doing their best to apply the rules and standards of the time.He squeezed my hand tightly and wouldn’t let go until morning.I recall thinking, ‘By day he’s my brave ex-soldier; but by night, who is this man?