GEORGE, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904). Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.
GEORGE,, Duke of Cambridge 1819-1904. Commander-in-Chief of the British Army
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Document Signed ("George") stating that "Her Majesty has . . . been graciously pleased to command that the Court be ordered to reassemble for the purpose of revising its Sentence."
3½ pages folio, Horse Guards, 5 February 1861.
A very interesting document. Private Thomas Brown of the 30th Regiment was brought before a court martial, accused of having "stabbed with a Bayonet in two places in the back . . . Lance Corporal George Hammond . . . being his (the prisoner's) superior officer" and then, whilst a prisoner, he "made use of threatening language towards . . . Private James Leeson . . . he being one of the Guard". Later, "when a Prisoner on the Line of March . . . [he] attempted to take the bayonet from . . . Private James Leeson . . . one of the Escort, and when he failed . . . struck him". Having found Private Brown guilty of this series of crimes and his "general bad character", he was sentenced to fifty lashes and five years penal servitude.However, the Court had to be reassembled to revise the sentence, as "an award of Corporal punishment cannot legally be combined with an award of Penal Servitude."
A year earlier, the Duke of Cambridge had instigated reforms which meant that corporal punishment was severely restricted, and used primarily in times of war or for the most intractable offenders. It would appear that Private Brown qualified for the latter distinction.
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