hickspasha wrote: For instance the practise of tattooing deserters under the arm with the letter "D" by using a iron tool with pins attached to the head was only discontinued in 1871. Ay, it was a man's life in the British Army!
Flogging was in use in the British Army until 1868, though it could be administered for offences committed on campaign till 1881 and in military prisons till 1907. There was a steady decrease in both its frequency and severity. In the late 1820's the army flogged about one in fifty of its soldiers every year, and this had fallen to one in 189 by 1845. In 1807, 1000 lashes was established as a maximum, save in cases where the offender would otherwise have been executed, and this was reduced to 200 lashes in 1836, fifty lashes in 1847 and twenty-five in 1879. Flogging in India was more than usually controversial because it was abolished in the Indian army by Lord William Bentinck in 1835. For a ten-year period, until its restoration in 1845 by Lord Hardinge, British troops in India could be flogged but Indians could not...Flogging was administered in India to the very end of its legal existence. In Afghanistan in 1879 Charles MacGregor noted that: 'Our men gutted a village tonight against orders, so the provost-marshal flogged no less than 150 of them.' On 16 January 1880, the Reverend J.G. Gregson, a Baptist clergyman, was at Jelalabad: 'Before breakfast I saw a regiment parade to witness some of their men flogged for breaking into the canteen and stealing the rum.'
16. Mr. KING
asked at what date flogging was abolished as a method of disciplinary correction in the Army; whether any demands have since been received from officers or others asking for its reintroduction; and whether, since the abolition of flogging, there has been any deterioration or improvement in the morale and discipline of the Army?
Flogging was restricted by the Mutiny Act of 1868 to active service and to certain offences committed while under sentence in military prisons. Under the Army Discipline and Regulation Act, 1881, it was further restricted to military prisons and in 1906 corporal punishment in military prisons was abolished. No demands have been put forward by officers or others for the reintroduction of flogging. The general improvement of conduct in the Army during the last few years has been remarkable, but it is not possible to say whether that improvement is due to the abolition of flogging.
Mr. J. WARD
Of course it is."
David G. wrote:An "Experimental Corp's of Riflemen" formed in 1800 ( The 95th of Foot)(Prince Consort's)( now Royal Green Jackets) abolished flogging as a form of punishment from the getgo. I have not found out what they did to replace fogging but I know tieing a guy to a cart wheel was a punishment. Was flogging a part of the Highland Reg's? or was it kept for the line infantry and sailors?
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