It was also argued that the use of corporal punishment was deterring good men from enlisting and until they did discipline was unlikely to improve. But significantly by 1873 it was reported that the prison was to close and it was “almost tenantless”. This softening may, however, have arisen as a result of bacterial infection of the blood, which was not yet known to science. The usual sentences for the offences of desertion and sleeping on guard duty varied between four months' imprisonment with hard labour and ten years' penal servitude. Frederick John White was a private in the British Army's 7th Hussars. 11 June 1819, Cambridge Chronicle and Journal. The regiment was marched to the Spur Battery, attended by the band and drums and fifes, to witness the punishment. George Ballingall, Professor of military surgery at the University of Edinburgh, wrote in the Monthly Journal of Medical Science disputing Wakley and Wilson's impartiality and the quality of the evi… Equally barbaric alternatives to flogging were considered. Once the invasion risk had passed the military sought a new use for the forts. Russell stated that he looked forward to the time when flogging could be abolished in the army but that he and Wellington considered it necessary for the immediate future. What escaped public scrutiny were other features such as the SCM, a harsher scale of punishment and collective fines for loss of military property which continued to distinguish the Indian Army Act from the British Army Act. Jesus was flogged before he was crucified. The Liberals prevarication on this matter enabled the Conservatives to claim that they had at least taken steps “to place the practice of flogging more in harmony with decency and enlightenment”. 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At this time another MP stated that he would be bringing forward a motion that similarly removed the power to flog members of the voluntary corps when employed on active service.[26]. To deal with the valid concern that the use of flogging was having a detrimental impact on recruitment, the Duke of Cambridge, in 1859, introduced an arrangement where all men on entering the army were categorised as ‘First Class’. AND FLOGGING IN THE ARMY OF. 1848: The sentence of the court martial of Private Wm. The Flog of War. [16][1] Wakley was a reformer, founder of The Lancet medical journal, and opponent of flogging. [1]www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/what-actually-happens-when-you-get-flogged-death, [3] August 1846, http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1846/aug/07/flogging-in-the-army. His success raised the “liveliest feelings of gratitude in the army at large, and especially in the troops quartered in Chatham” who wished to “present him with a testimonial of their appreciation of his philanthropic labours on their behalf”. The ending of flogging did not result in the collapse of military discipline – rather the opposite as within two years of flogging being abolished the army was able to close the Fort Clarence military prison! White's pulse was not taken on the first day. The public flogging of African soldiers for petty crimes—illegal in the main British Army since 1881—led to a formal complaint in 1943 from an English-born … Warren did not intervene to check on White at any point during the punishment. [5][1] White's shoulders began bleeding after the first 20 strokes but he did not cry out in pain at any time during the punishment. [5] In the 7th Hussars corporal punishment was administered by the regimental farriers, men experienced in this role on campaign, who were instructed to strike as hard as they could or risk punishment themselves. www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/what-actually-happens-when-you-get-flogged-death, http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1846/aug/07/flogging-in-the-army. [8][7] By the end of the punishment White had suffered significant blood loss, which soaked his trousers; this occurred despite regulations stating that flogging was not intended to break the skin. 31 March 1883, Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph. Ordinary flogging by court-martial was abolished by Parliament in 1881. from the lash and the rattan came approximately 40 years after flogging had been abolished for the British soldier by the Army Discipline and Regulation Act, 1881.3 This article examines two distinct features of Indian military law during the high noon of empire: the Summary Court-Martial (SCM), introduced experimentally in the 1860s and formal It was Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, who abolished the use of the lash as a disciplinary tool in both the Royal Navy and the British army. A combination of pain, shock, and being secured naked or semi-naked, in the cold, to the halbert for a long period often left the man in a ‘frozen condition’ unable to move at the end of his punishment. Wilson wrote a series of papers in the Lancet in which he claimed that much of the medical profession did not appreciate that the skin was an important organ capable of affecting the rest of the body. On being released from the halberts Private Gosh was taken to the hospital, from thence he will be taken to Fort Clarence military prison. [21] However the vote was subsequently overruled by the minority Conservative government that held the view that a majority of one could not be taken as being the will of the house; the Government therefore ruled that the “usual clause would be introduced into the Mutiny Bill authorising the inflection of corporal punishment in certain cases”. [8] 11 June 1819, Cambridge Chronicle and Journal. The abolition of flogging becomes an election issue. It soon became clear that the ‘remedies’ being considered could be worse than the ‘disease’ they were seeking to cure. [5] When he was with the regiment at the Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, in 1846 White had, whilst drunk, argued with his sergeant and touched him on his chest with a metal bar. In 1866, a major case was brought under trial. The press though noted the contradiction – on one hand the army wished raise the dignity of the soldier but on the other to continue to “flog him like a beast”. [1] On 7 August the prime minister, Lord John Russell, was questioned in parliament over the continued use of flogging in the army. Although we have all heard of flogging, you may not be aware of just how brutal it could be.This was one of the most common punishments in the Royal Navy. [3][10] First Class Staff Surgeon John Hall was called to attend White on the order of Sir James McGrigor. The following news report of a punishment, carried out at Chatham, suggests that some of the changes ordered by the Duke of Wellington were being implemented locally. He was placed under arrest and brought before a district court-martial 4–5 days later. The fact that this latter group compared a school beating with a military flogging suggests they didn’t understand what it really involved. In the civil sphere, “whipping” was … When Day reported, Wakley claimed that a misunderstanding had meant that White's spine had not been examined. ATTEMPTS TO ABOLISH BRANDING AND FLOGGING I37. [1] At one point White asked for a drink of water, which was given. Until the abolition of formal corporal punishment in the British Army in 1881, the floggings ordered by Regimental Court Martial were invariably inflicted across the shoulders with the cat o'nine tails. July 2 Charles J. Guiteau, 39, tiptoed out of the men's room of a Washington train station, gripped the white bone handle of a five-shot British bulldog gun, and fired twice into the back of Pres. In January 1861 there was a report of a prisoner at Fort Clarence being sentenced to 50 lashes. Jewish lawlimited flagellation to forty strokes… The abolition of flogging becomes an election issue. This emancipation from the lash and the rattan came approximately 40 years after flogging had been abolished for the British soldier by the Army Discipline and Regulation Act, 1881. Military flogging was abolished in the United States Army on 5 August 1861. [24], One year later in the 1868 review of the Mutiny Act, Arthur Otway successfully induced the House of Commons to abolish all floggings in times of peace. When deaths occurred the cause was usually attributed to fever or disease rather than from the punishment. Flogging, a type of corporal punishment, where a person is whipped with a rod or whip, was a common practice in the British army and navy. The move to totally abolish corporal punishment went up a notch in 1880 when the Liberals made it an issue in the General Election of that year. The story from here suggests that Arthur Otway was a man of tremendous tenacity and with considerable influencing skills as he turned hardline supporters of the lash, such as his own cousin Capt. Wakley, an opponent of flogging, ordered an inquest and arranged for two further autopsies to be performed. John White was not the only person who had died after a flogging but this was the occasion on which the explanation for a dynamic relationship between superficial marks and injuries left on the body and internal organs of the punished was used as a political argument against corporal punishment. Punishment was not over quickly as the lash was applied at about one stroke every 12 seconds. [5][8] After being read the decision of the court-martial White was stripped to the waist and tied by his arms and legs with cord to a ladder which was nailed to the wall at the open side of the square. The military men held that corporal punishment was essential to retaining discipline and the ‘public schoolboys’ believed that the flogging they received at school had made them better people! [5][1] Sergeant Patman counted out the strokes, which were made at the rate of one every twelve seconds. A court-martial sentenced him to 150 lashes with a cat of nine tails. This is one of a number of reports carried in the press – many carried considerable harrowing details. Flogging, a type of corporal punishment, where a person is whipped with a rod or whip, was a common practice in the British army and navy. The vicar, however, had learnt of the flogging and alerted the Middlesex coroner Thomas Wakley. The fort was built in 1811/1812 as part of the wider fortification of Chatham Dockyard – in anticipation of Napoleon invading. [19] Its last lines were:[20], Tied up hands and feet to a ladder, Fortunately – if that word can be used in these circumstances – the doctor intervened which was not universal, and the remainder of his punishment was remitted; not so many years previous it would have continued once the prisoner had recovered.[7]. [2] Deaths from floggings were not unknown, though were more common in foreign postings, such as to British India, than on home service. [12] During his time in hospital White complained that he had not been in a fit state to be flogged owing to an existing chest complaint. It is little wonder that a man had to serve a prison sentence after being flogged because it would have been weeks before he would be fit for duty. The point was also made that differing weather conditions would also have differential impact on the severity of the punishment. This legislation determined what punishments could be applied to miscreant soldiers. From the early 19th century public opinion was growing against the use of flogging – a means of discipline that the armies of Europe and America ended long before the British. The 1850 legislation outlawed flogging specifically, but did not outlaw all forms of corporal punishment. One private, with experience in other regiments, recounted that the 7th Hussars flogged more harshly than other units where trumpeters, who were often boys, administered the punishment. A solicitor, Mr G Clark, attended to represent the 7th Hussars. [4] After finding the issue with Day's autopsy not having investigated White's spine, Wakley adjourned the second day at 3.45 pm. Flogging (the usual nomenclature) had been partially abolished in 1867 following the death of Private Robert Slim from such punishment 13, but it remained available as a punishment during peacetime for crimes of mutiny or insubordination involving violence and during wartime it was extended to cover desertion and even drunkenness. [3][5] On 9 July White's back and chest, which had broken out in boils, was treated with a mustard plaster. Such, then, are the directions given by the Commander-in-Chief in respect to corporal punishment in the army. Flogging has been a common punishment since ancient times. [10] 21 September 1844, Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette –. There had been a total abolition of flogging during peace time but it remained ‘available’ when the army was on active service. [1], Wakley reviewed White's case, considered that the army's autopsy had been too cursory and ordered an inquest be held. Thirteen jurors were sworn in and the inquest attended by officers of the regiment and members of the public. After one year of uninterrupted good conduct they could be restored to ‘First Class’. This was not sufficient in the ‘court of public opinion’ and flogging eventually became an issue during the 1880 election. [14] In their findings, the jury called for the public to send petitions to parliament to seek the abolition of flogging. Neither officer spoke with White or examined his back. Corporal punishment was inflicted with the cat-o-nine-tails on the back, although “menial” followers could also be caned with a rattan. One year later in the 1868 review of the Mutiny Act, Arthur Otway successfully induced the House of Commons to abolish all floggings in times of peace. I would not be surprised if Medway’s population with its close association with the military would have been very familiar with the implications for a man sentenced to be flogged and would have opposed it. [7][10] White was not seen by a doctor for another 90 minutes when Warren, accompanied by Whyte, visited. The press though noted the contradiction – on one hand the army wished raise the dignity of the soldier but on the other to continue to “flog him like a beast”.[4]. The military men held that corporal punishment was essential to retaining discipline and the ‘public schoolboys’ believed that the flogging they received at school had made them better people! The case resulted in publicity for the cause of abolition, though some medical professionals disputed the inquest findings. [3] Warren placed him on a restricted diet of 0.25 pounds (0.11 kg) of potatoes and 0.75 pounds (0.34 kg) of bread per day until 9 July when he was placed on a "half diet" of 1 pound (0.45 kg) of bread, 0.5 pounds (0.23 kg) of meat, 1 imperial pint (0.57 L) of soup and 2 imperial pints (1.1 L) of tea. The opponents pointed out that not only was the punishment degrading and humiliating, the effectiveness of armies that no longer used the lash had not been compromised. [5] White's brother had been located and attended as his next of kin. It remained available in times of war for these two offences plus desertion, drunkenness while on duty or line of march, misbehaviour and neglect of duty. Even now, it is still technically not completely removed … Fort Clarence was first used to accommodate “unfortunate persons belonging to the army who were afflicted with insanity”. [3] At least one corporal and one private fainted while witnessing the punishment, though one witness at the coroner's court recounted that six men fainted. [3], Frederick John White was a soldier in the 7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) (commonly known as the 7th Hussars), born in January 1819 and originating from Nottingham. He was extremely popular and fought a long and at times a seemingly hopeless battle, to abolish the use of the lash in the British army. Otway’s amendment, that “no court-marital shall for any offence whatever committed under this act during the time of peace within the Queen’s dominions; have power to sentence any solider to corporal punishment”; his amendment was carried, on this occasion, by a substantial majority of 152 to 127.[25]. For years he had heard with disgust and abhorrence of the treatment which private soldiers experienced in the British army. [17] It would seem that the change in the approach to discipline introduced by the Duke of Cambridge had had a more positive affect on improving discipline that the lash. The. This punishment was not only despised by the men that received it but also by those who had to deliver it and those who were required to witness it.[1]. [8], White whistled on his entry into the hospital, where the blood was sponged from his still-bleeding back by an orderly and another patient. [20] Much to the surprise of many his amendment was passed with a majority of one. He was found guilty of absenting himself from tattoo [parade] and for escaping and assaulting other soldiers. A symbiotic relationship between deer and jackdaws, The story of a slave trader – Geoff Rambler's weird and wonderful Kent, Medway’s Anti-Vaccinators of national prominence – Geoff Rambler's weird and wonderful Kent. [5][1][3] The court sentenced him to 150 lashes with a cat of nine tails, made from nine knotted leather thongs, the maximum number of lashes the court was permitted to sentence. [14] He concluded that death was caused by inflammation of the pleura and cardiac covering, which he recorded on the death certificate. Until that point, it had routinely been used as punishment for soldiers who disobeyed orders. This allowed him to order a third autopsy, which was carried out by renowned dermatologist Erasmus Wilson. He stated that Wellington had ordered that all soldiers sentenced to be flogged be examined by medical professionals to check they were fit to be so punished and that the weather conditions at the time be taken account of. The last record of flogging in the British prison was in 1962. The ‘alternatives’ considered included – placing a man in irons, fastening him to a horse or wagon to be dragged on through a day’s march, or to carry a burden for a certain period. Arthur Otway was the MP for Rochester from 1878 to 1885, and before that Chatham from 1865 to 1874. The condemned would be whipped with a cat-o’-nine-tails, a whip with nine (sometimes) waxed knotted tails.When a sailor was to be flogged, he would be kept in leg irons on the upper deck … [14], The jury reported back on the fourth and final day of the inquest, 4 August, that they considered White's death to have been caused by the flogging. [3][1] His shirt, doused in water, was placed over his back and he was covered with his overcoat and taken to the barracks hospital. However, flogging endured as a criminal punishment until the early 1830s, 9 which may explain greater public revulsion to it as a military punishment in the nineteenth century. The ‘alternatives’ considered included – placing a man in irons, fastening him to a horse or wagon to be dragged on through a day’s march, or to carry a burden for a certain period. Halakha specifies the lashes must be given in sets of three, so the total number cannot exceed 39. Tagged as: Army, Arthur Otway, Chatham, flogging, Fort Clarence, mental health, MP, Soldiers, Spur Battery. Otway’s amendment, that “no court-marital shall for any offence whatever committed under this act during the time of peace within the Queen’s dominions; have power to sentence any solider to corporal punishment”; his amendment was carried, on this occasion, by a substantial majority of 152 to 127. Boy soldiers were sometimes informally spanked, strapped or caned (see this book review ). When flogging in the army was legally abolished in 1881, a few people knew it was still in law. After one year of uninterrupted good conduct they could be restored to ‘First Class’. At this time advertisements were also being placed in newspapers to recruit military school masters with the purpose of raising the character of the solider. In September 1844, in response to a growing need for prison placements the army closed the Fort Clarence asylum – returning some of the patients to Fort Pitt – and made it ready to receive prisoners. The Liberals won the election with a large majority – returning Arthur Otway as one of the members for Rochester. rejoiced in Otway’s brief and brilliant campaign against the lash which had ‘doomed’ this “barbarous and disgraceful method of preserving discipline”. An unsigned article in the London Medical Gazette disputed the jury's findings and claimed that White had died because he was an alcoholic, though the author also thought that fifty lashes would have been a sufficient punishment. He sent for surgeon and sanitary reformer Dr. Horatio Grosvenor Day to carry out a second autopsy. [4] Clark insisted that the regiment's adjutant, Ireland, be present throughout the inquest as he was his instructing party. Later in the century a private was flogged to death despite the suggested maximum being fifty lashes at that time v. This was another step in the right direction but corporal punishment was still being used in peace time. [1] Wilson found that White's internal organs were inflamed, he described this as a direct result of the flogging and a contributory factor to White's death. [13][14], Warren carried out an autopsy on White assisted by Hall and Dr Francis Reid. [9] A ballad named The Flogging Excitement at Hounslow, that argued the cause for abolition, was popular around the time of the inquest. In June 1819 a number of men with mental health issues were transferred to Clarence from Fort Pitt, Chatham. [14] An unsigned article in the London Medical Gazette disputed the jury's findings and claimed that White had died because he was an alcoholic, though the author also thought that fifty lashes would have been a sufficient punishment. He attended but found it was too late to intervene and White died in his presence at 8.30 pm. [14] 24 January 1852, West Kent Guardian. Flogging was finally abolished in the British Army in 1881. Soldiers so classified would not be liable for corporal punishment in peace time, except for “aggravated mutinous conduct”.   Remember poor White, the Hussar, Shortly after the inquest reported the commander-in-chief of the British Army, the Duke of Wellington, ordered that the maximum number of lashes be reduced to fifty. What follows is perhaps a moralistic tale that demonstrates how the ‘carrot’ was more effective that the ‘stick’ (lash) when it comes to expecting and realising the best of people. During wartime, soldiers could be executed for these offences. [18] In the course of questioning by Wakley, Warren stated that he had seen White on the day of the punishment and found him fit to receive it. The move to totally abolish corporal punishment went up a notch in 1880 when the Liberals made it an issue in the General Election of that year. This was not sufficient in the ‘court of public opinion’ and flogging eventually became an issue during the 1880 election. The report stated that the doctor, who always had to be in attendance at such punishments (after Wellington’s ‘improvements’) needed to intervene after 25 lashes as the prisoner had fainted. The report stated that the doctor, who always had to be in attendance at such punishments (after Wellington’s ‘improvements’) needed to intervene after 25 lashes as the prisoner had fainted. Gosh was carried out on the parade ground of the barracks in front of his regiment. [21] The 1868 Cardwell Reforms further restricted the peacetime use to cases of mutiny and "aggravated insubordination and disgraceful conduct". The inquest jury, on 4 August, returned the verdict that White's case was a result of the flogging and called for its use to be discontinued. ATTEMPTS TO ABOLISH BRANDING AND FLOGGING IN THE ARMY OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND BEFORE 1881. Not only was flogging brutal, the whole process was designed to be as degrading and humiliating as possible. This may have been due to a predominance of MPs who had been or were associated with the military, and men who had been educated at boarding school. [10] In July 1845 it was confirmed that the fort was ready to receive prisoners up to 200. [14], Wakley's inquest first met on 15 July from 8 pm in the parlour of the George IV Inn on Hounslow Heath. A similar punishment in the Navy was regarded as being worse, due to the design of the ‘Cat’ and the way it could be ‘delivered’; some reports saying one Naval lash was the equivalent of five in the military. In 1880 the principled opposition of Arthur Otway, MP for Rochester, brings flogging in the British Army to an end. The Times recorded its disappointment in the decision of the House of Commons and hoped to soon see the army governed without flogging during peace. [11] White could not eat his full allowance after 5 July, eating, for example, just one potato on 6 July. Warren returned at 10 pm to examine White's back which was wounded in an area around 6 inches (15 cm) in height and 4–5 inches (10–13 cm) in width between his shoulder blades. Friend 376 the Member for Bolton has given notice of a Motion for the purpose, that corporal punishment in the army should be at once and totally abolished. After the total abolition of flogging, Otway at a meeting in Rochester on the Egyptian War, expressed his gratification for the splendid discipline that had been maintained in the army that no longer relied on flogging to maintain discipline.[28]. The last of these, carried out by Erasmus Wilson, reported that White's death was a direct result from the flogging. 1,000 Rochester women chase a bigamist out of the City. The incidence of flogging declined gradually as the century wore on, but ritualised corporal punishment remained part of army discipline until 1881, when it was abolished. [1][3] The cat was swapped for a fresh one after 100 lashes at which point White asked the farriers to strike "lower, lower", whereupon they adjusted their aim. [6], The use of flogging in the army was restricted in 1859 so that, in peacetime, only those men considered of "bad character" could be flogged; the sentence remained freely available to court-martials held in wartime. Army, June 6, 1907, India Office Library and Records, British Museum (hereafter IOR) IOR/L/Mil/7/13738. The view was though that these punishments were as degrading as the one it aimed to replace – and open to abuse.   While the sound of the cat reached afar, [14] No requests for tenders to build an ‘extension’ have been found but if building work was needed to accommodate 300 prisoners[15] the work would probably have been undertaken by the prisoners themselves. It soon became clear that the ‘remedies’ being considered could be worse than the ‘disease’ they were seeking to cure. 1882 Edison electrifies lower Manhattan. Although considerably ‘sanitised’ compared with the detail conveyed in the press at the time, some readers my find some aspects of the following upsetting. While serving at the Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, in 1846, White touched a sergeant with a metal bar during an argument while drunk. In 1846 sensing a growing antipathy to the use of the lash the Duke of Wellington reduced the maximum number of lashes that could be inflicted from 200 to 50. Below, a record of such punishments and the tale of Private Paddy Shannon from the … At this time another MP stated that he would be bringing forward a motion that similarly removed the power to flog members of the voluntary corps when employed on active service. It’s not clear from the news reports whether the extra cells were built by 1856 but it was reported at this time that the prison was full. Flogging abolished in British army and navy. And here it rested until 1880. [9], Colonel Whyte and the regimental surgeon Dr James Law Warren were present throughout. recorded its disappointment in the decision of the House of Commons and hoped to soon see the army governed without flogging during peace. However, this ban did not include punishment in military prisons, where inmates could still be birched on the bare buttocks (see document below). This punishment was not only despised by the men that received it but also by those who had to deliver it and those who were required to witness it. It was abolished from the army and navy as a disciplinary action, in 1874. No requests for tenders to build an ‘extension’ have been found but if building work was needed to accommodate 300 prisoners. In 1846 sensing a growing antipathy to the use of the lash the Duke of Wellington reduced the maximum number of lashes that could be inflicted from 200 to 50. The changes introduced by Wellington did not satisfy opponents to flogging but supporters were probably emboldened by the claim that assaults of NCOs had increased. The regimental adjutant Lieutenant Ireland then gave the order to Farrier-Major Critton. One of few countries where corporal punishment is still officially used in the armed forces is Singapore, where military legislation provides that errant soldiers can be sentenced by court-martial to strokes of the cane. In 1867 Otway attempted to have the clause permitting corporal punishment removed during the annual review of the Mutiny Bill. On August 5, 1861, the United States Army officially abolished flogging as a form of corporal punishment. In June 1819 a number of men with mental health issues were transferred to Clarence from Fort Pitt, Chatham. 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