Taken from the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 16 June 1917
Great Bookham. An Absentee.
‘At the Epsom Petty Sessions, on Monday, before Mr B. Braithwaite (chairman) and other magistrates. Henry Cooper, a well-built gipsy, was charged with being an absentee under the Military Service Act. Prisoner pleaded guilty. P.S Rose said at 10p.m. on Sunday evening, in company with several of the Bookham Special Constables, he made a raid on the gipsy encampment on Bookham Common. Prisoner bolted, but witness managed to catch him, and when he asked him if he could show any reason why he was not in the army he replied “No; I suppose I shall have to be a soldier now. I am glad you caught me. I have had enough of [this] life.” Prisoner was fined 40s., and was remanded to await an escort.’