Muleteer behaviour during service
in Serving the empire in the Great War
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This chapter argues that criminality, such as desertion, theft and violent crimes, did exist, and it must be understood in its appropriate social and economic contexts. Behavioural problems one finds with military corps, such as desertion and crime, were not prevalent in the Cypriot Mule Corps. Before exploring desertion of Cypriot muleteers in Salonica and Constantinople, it is important to understand that desertion occurred in Cyprus before service began. The incidents of striking a superior officer or police occurred in Constantinople, further indicating the frustrating peacetime service there. Stealing from a fellow muleteer was difficult to detect and prove. For this reason the majority of theft cases deal with the theft of public goods. Sexual crimes were quite uncommon. Life in the military was obviously isolating, leading to sexual frustration, yet in the case of homo-sexuality there was greater opportunity.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory


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