The hon. Without wishing to claim any merit to himself beyond that of having performed his duty, very imperfectly he was aware, but according to the best of his ability—and, willing as he was The severity of corporal punishments was one of the reasons which deterred persons from entering the army. During the whole of my career, which included a period of upwards of thirty years, and the length and nature of which afforded me opportunities for extensive inquiry and accurate information, I never knew but one solitary instance in which a man recovered self-respect and general reputation, after having been tortured and degraded by the punishment of flogging'. I am ignorant what kind of cats were used when this pernicious system was first introduced into the army, but they are now, I believe, very different in different regiments, and, indeed, there is sometimes a variety kept in the same corps. He accordingly received his punishment, without moving a muscle, and afterwards, on leaving the square, strutted off, muttering something like "D—d hoax," or "fudge." As to the punishment taking place in secret, that was frequently the case with sentences pronounced by civil Courts, and had nothing to do with secresy of prosecution or of trial. Finally, there was flogging around the fleet, for the most severe offenses which did not warrant death. It followed him the rest of his life as a sign of his class rank. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. drowned; but whether this proceeded from intention, or from a fit of inebriety, no trace was left us to judge, and, as there are no coroner's inquests in the upper provinces of India, the event was buried with the man; but I should imagine, from his frantic manner to me, and the sort of threat which accompanied it, that it was desperation that had wrought this dreadful catastrophe. What possible benefit can you expect to derive from this continual disobedience of orders, and disregard of the regulations of the service?" Altogether he looked the very picture of woe, and his extreme dejection was so obvious, that I could not refrain from asking him if he was unwell. In time of war, he, as a professional man, would not have recommended the suspension; but in time of peace he thought the experiment might be made. I can well imagine the struggle between duty and mercy by which his benevolent heart was assailed; but the latter was always his motto, and, thus kindly predisposed, he walked slowly up to the prisoner, and viewed more closely his lacerated back, on which were visible large lumps of thick and callous flesh, and weals which were distressing to behold. These words roused the Colonel from his motionless position, and he started when the Adjutant addressed him. Flogging Not Abolished in the British Army: A Reasonable Inquiry Into the Present Abuse of the 'cat' and Birch in Our Military Prisons ... E. Livingston Prescott (pseud.) Two men were brought to court-martial. The experiment, however, might be made by an order being issued to the commanding officer, that an end be put to the punishment of flogging; because, however much the practice might now be mitigated, yet it could not be denied, that, so long as men had power, they were inclined to exercise, and too often abuse it. That the castigation is cruel and agonizing, those who have ever witnessed its infliction cannot doubt; yet it is not, as I think—. A thread on the effectiveness of flogging. Member (Mr. Kemmis), to take away from minor courts-martial the power of inflicting corporal punishments, which might be safely intrusted to garrison courts, and he hoped that in the next Mutiny Bill a provision would be introduced to that effect. Almost any crime could end with this torture. Seeing punishments inflicted was everything. Arthur Otway was the MP for Rochester from 1878 to 1885, and before that Chatham from 1865 to 1874. His eyes were glassy and inexpressive, his cheeks sunk, and his deportment stooping and loose. Picture index. 892 The story of Britain’s imperial legions is indeed as much a record of callous indifference to human suffering, incompetence in high places and wanton waste of expendable cannon fodder as of bravery and honour, glory and self-sacrifice.viii, However even an intimidated army feared some things more than corporal punishment no matter how brutal. Flagellation, referred to as flogging in the British military, was a form of corporal punishment inflicted by means of whipping the back of the prisoner. 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.  885 This man would often speak to me on this happy event in his life with feelings of ineffable pleasure. Troublesome troops … He could not speak from practical experience on this subject, but that was, in his opinion, by no means certain. At the period when the present Speaker became Judge Advocate, the practice of flogging was very frequent; and when he left that, situation, the infliction of this species of punishment was much diminished. 881 He then stripped, and received his quantum of punishment without moving a muscle, and, when taken down, he said to the Colonel, "Colonel, honey! The spectacle, altogether, instead of operating as an example to others, created disgust and abhorrence in the breast of every soldier present who was worthy of the name of man. 889 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. If he were to detail all the circumstances within his own knowledge, as to the means taken in order to dispense with corporal punishments, he could make a deep impression on the mind of the hon. Severe punishment was summarily awarded for trivial misdemeanoursi. For years he had heard with disgust and abhorrence of the treatment which private soldiers experienced in the British army. There was one strong reason why this question should come before the House—namely, because there prevailed a practice of flogging in private. Rochester MP’s campaign ends flogging in the British Army In 1880 the principled opposition of Arthur Otway, MP for Rochester, brings flogging in the British Army to an end. Here I have picked and washed off my clothes pieces of skin and flesh that had been cut from the poor sufferers back. HC Deb 19 June 1832 vol 13 cc874-97874. about (when not in the guard-room for subsequent misconduct, which, after this event, was constantly the case), with a dejected and care-worn countenance, pensive and gloomy, as though he had lost some dear relative, or rather, perhaps, as though he had committed an act on account of which he dared not look an honest man in the face. Mr. Shipp had admitted since, that when he left the army eight or nine years ago, the practice had improved. He, therefore, thought, that the experiment ought to be made which was now proposed. Flogging was a standard form of corporal punishment in the British armed services prior to 1880, carried out by beating a man across his back from shoulders to waist with a whip, cane, strap, … But to proceed: 'When at Jersey, in the year 1808, it was my painful duty to witness the in fliction of corporal punishment almost every week. In some regiments the officers never used flogging, in others they did, and he would have them all compelled to do, as some of them did, without using it. When the offender was tied, or rather hung up by the hands, his back, from intense cold and the effects of previous floggings, exhibited a complete blue and black appearance. This showed, he hoped, the spirit by which he was actuated; and he, therefore, trusted, after the statement he had made, that the hon. , ‘ The early nineteenth century campaign to end flogging in the army ’, English Historical Review, lcvII (1982), 308 –31. Flogging in the British Army, usually applied to a soldier's upper back with a cat-o'-nine-tails, seems to have been fairly common until the middle of the 19th century. The delinquent was a private soldier, who had, on previous occasions received, altogether, some thousands of lashes. if you will give me six drams of liquor, I will take 600 lashes more." If a man deserve such ignominy and debasement, he is unfit for a soldier, and ought to be discharged the service. He was extremely popular and fought a long and at times a seemingly hopeless battle, to abolish… i Alan Ramsay Skelley, The Victorian Army at Home: The Recruitment and Terms and Conditions of the British Regulars, 1859-1899 (Montreal 1977) “punishments which were awarded in the army either summarily or by court-martial seemed frequently to bear little proportion to the offences that were committed.” p139, iii Hansard Parliamentary Debates ‘Flogging on a Sunday – The Earl of Cardigan’ 22 April 1841 (henceforward Hansard) The earl of Cardigan, had a soldier flogged immediately after church service and in the church. Discipline was a two phase process: punishment and conditioning. Flogging was removed by an amendment to the Indian Army Act in 1920. In the Army of ninety years ago a Commanding Officer was empowered to award sixty days confinement to barracks. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The present Motion was not to abolish, it was only to suspend flogging. 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