41 year old Major Walter Ormerod of the Lancashire Fusiliers and at present Camp Commandant of Headquarters Middle East Command was sentenced to two years loss of seniority, a severe reprimand and it was ordered that GBP100 should be deducted from his pay.
Court Martial sign with arrow.
G.V. of gateway at Singapore Barracks where the Court Martial was held.
G.V. of Education Centre at the barracks where the court was convened under Brigadier C.S. Chambers of H.Q. East Africa Command, Nairobi.
Teleshot: Army Education Centre sign with officers moving about.
One of the witnesses Captain Pat Inson WRAC who was one of the four women captured, walks past the camera to the court.
Brown staff car moves towards the court building.
Major Ormerod gets out. His Sam Browne has been removed, plus belt. He straightens his uniform, is given his brief case, and then walks into the building.
L.S. of building with police outside.
Ninety five minutes later, it's all over. Ormerod tries to slip away to his car among other officers.
The car drives off with Ormerod on another route. Ormerod can be seen silhouetted in the back. (Both shots 9 & 10 taken at 48 fps to obtain extra footage and also to steady tele-effect)
Court martial officers stand outside building. Man in black civilian clothes is the Judge Advocate Mr Perriera, who announced the sentence.
Gateway Singapore barracks, as in Shot 2.
During trial photographers were held 60 yards away from building at the side.
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Background: 41 year old Major Walter Ormerod of the Lancashire Fusiliers and at present Camp Commandant of Headquarters Middle East Command was sentenced to two years loss of seniority, a severe reprimand and it was ordered that GBP100 should be deducted from his pay.The Major had pleaded guilty to negligently crossing the Yemen border last June 22 while commanding a 45 strong party of British Servicemen and women on a desert adventure training exercise.The party was ambushed by Yemeni tribesmen and in the incident four British soldiers were killed while sixteen others including Ormerod were captured and held by the Yemenis for 11 days.Four British Servicewomen also captured were released after two days.Equipment lost in the incident included 16 rifles, 1 pistol, 4 submachine guns and over 1,200 rounds of ammunition.The British authorities are still trying to obtain the return of six military vehicles.