Our English correspondent Seneca III sent us the tip for this article, and included the following note:
This is odd, and I say odd because in a long (mostly military) life I have never before seen a case of AWOL reported by the BBC, or commented on in this way by the Met, and the wording of the statement does strike me as odd.
AWOLs are not uncommon and never have been. I will keep an eye on this.
So what makes this absconder, Mehmet Ali Osman, different from any other soldier who decides to do a runner for a couple of weeks? What was his assigned duty in the Modern Multicultural Royal Army? He wasn’t by any chance in Signals Intelligence, was he?
In any case, the authorities thought his going AWOL was important enough to report it to the BBC. Very interesting indeed.
Seneca III also reminds us that Mehmet is a Turkish form of Mohammed, which gives this case a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.
Here’s the story from the BBC:
Serving UK Soldier Vanishes From London
A serving British soldier has gone missing from south London, the Metropolitan Police has said.
Mehmet Ali Osman, 25, was last seen by his family at an address in Southwark on 31 May.
The soldier was due to report for duty at Catterick army base in North Yorkshire but did not turn up.
Police think he may have travelled to an address in Fife before going missing again.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Mehmet never kept his appointment. His family and police are now very concerned for his welfare.”
Mr Osman is about 5ft 11ins tall and of proportionate, muscular build.
An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm we are aware he has been Awol but we don’t have anything else to add.”
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