Lt Joshua Woodhouse A Mother's Experience of Military Justice
by Polly Woodhouse
Pub Date 15 Dec 2016
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This is the explosive story of Lt Joshua Woodhouse, a young, highly successful officer, who died in suspicious circumstances whilst serving his country on board HMS Ocean in August, 2010.
At the time of his death, HMS Ocean was berthed in the Unites States naval base, Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.
At the very time of the incident, a US Navy warship, the USS Mitscher was sailing past and three of her crew were eye witnesses to his fateful fall.
The Royal Navy SIB Military Police, instead of investigating the possibility of foul play, refused to interview these three independent US Navy witnesses as part of their criminal investigation. Instead, on receipt of these witness statements the SIB created a brand new unsubstantiated account.
The book recounts how the Royal British Legion took on this suspicious military death and brought together an outstanding legal team. This team resolutely fought the combined might of the Coroner, the MOD, the Royal Navy Military Police, and the Royal Navy who did all in their power to cover up this inconvenient death.
The book culminates with the proceedings of the Inquest where the mask slips and the real motives of the MOD and Coroner are exposed.
This is the resolution of a mother’s determined fight to see her son’s story told.
I am open to suggestions, but taking just some snippets from Amazon reviews to date -
"In the wake of the Marine A story recently this book highlights the need for transparency and honesty from our armed forces. A truly insightful read which leaves you emotionally charged. You are there for every step as the events are unravelled"
"So gripping, I can barely believe this is real life and happened in reality to this family. Hopefully justice will be done"
"This book has to be read. Although it is subtitled "A Mother's Experience of Military Justice," it is in truth the story of a gross injustice. .... suspicions are aroused as the evidence is presented, and then there is anger at the denial of justice for the family of a young Royal Naval officer who died while faithfully serving his country. This book should be widely read; this story should be widely made known"
"Having served myself I started reading with an open mind, very aware this has been written by a mother grieving for her beloved son, and believing that the "truth will always out". How wrong I was. A gripping and in places an horrific read this shows all too clearly how our service personnel can be conveniently "swept under the carpet""