Research Discharge Query

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Fairfield

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I've run across a phrase that I don't know. Official record (AGO) say that the man deserted but James Mundy's regimental history says that he was "discharged by order of the war department". Can anyone tell me what that means?
 

ucvrelics

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I've run across a phrase that I don't know. Official record (AGO) say that the man deserted but James Mundy's regimental history says that he was "discharged by order of the war department". Can anyone tell me what that means?
What was his name and regiment?
 
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