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Colewart Barracks

Morning Post : 17 November 1830

At a General Court Martial held at Colewart Barracks, Portsmouth,  on the 12th of October,1830, and continued by adjournment to the 14th of the same , Private Patrick Lamb, of the 47th Regiment, was arrainged upon the under-mentioned charges, viz., 

  1. In refusing to obey the orders of Colour Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell, when ordered by him to confinement

  2. In refusing to obey the orders of Captain Dundas, the Captain of his Company, to surrender a musket he had in his hands of which he was making  a violent and unlawful use.

  3. In firing from a musket or muskets, loaded with powder and ball, three shots or thereabouts, with the avowed intention of killing Colour Sergeant O’Donnell, Sergeant McGuire, and other persons.

  4. In wilfully breaking a regimental musket, and wasting four rounds, or thereabouts, of ball ammunition.

  5. In wilfully breaking the windows of his barrack room, injuring two doors, and an iron bedstead.

Upon which charges the Court came to the following decision :-

“That the prisoner, private Patrick Lamb, is guilty of the whole the charges upon which he has been arraigned, and does, by virtue of the Mutiny Act, and the Rules and Articles for the better Government of his Majesty’s Forces, sentence the prisoner, Patrick Lamb, private 47th Regiment, to be shot to death, at such time and place as his Majesty shall be pleased to command.”

“The Court having thus performed this painful part of its duty, does, in consideration of the youth of the prisoner, 22 years of age, his extreme contrition, together with what has been forward on his behalf, venture humbly to recommend him to the gracious consideration of his Majesty.”

His Majesty has been pleased to approve and confirm the finding and sentence of the Court; in consideration, however, of the recommendation of the Court, of the youth of the prisoner, his extreme contrition, and what has been stated to the Court in his behalf, his Majesty has been further pleased to extend his most gracious pardon to the prisoner, on condition of his being transported as a felon to New South wales for the term of his natural life.

The General Commanding in Chief directs that the foregoing charges against private Patrick Lamb, of the 47th Regiment, together with the finding and sentence of the Court, and his Majesty’s pleasure, be entered in the General Order Book, and read at the head of every regiment in his Majesty’s service.

By Command of the Right Honourable, the General Commanding in Chief

John Macdonald, Adj- Gen

Chelmsford Chronicle : Friday 30 November 1923

George James Bray, a lance-corporal in the 13th Co., ASC (MT) stationed at Colewart Barracks, Portsmouth was summoned for not having a proper silencer on his motor cycle, also for failing to produce his driving licence.  Supt J E Boyce said he received a complaint on Sunday afternoon, Nov 18, that a motor cycle being driven about the streets of Warley was making a noise.  He stopped the defendant and told him of the complaint.  Defendant failed to produce his driving licence and enquiries through the Portsmouth Police showed that he had no licence.  The machine was making a terrible noise and could be heard a mile away.  Defendant, who did not appear, wrote that he honestly thought he was licensed by virtue of serving in the Army mechanical Transport.  The motor cycle did not belong to him; he was testing it for someone and he had the exhaust box in his pocket.  Defendant was fined 5s for the first offence, and 20s for the second.

Coventry Evening  Telegraph : Tuesday 21 February 1939

At Warwick Police Court, Dennis Jordan (21), pleaded guilty to being absent without leave from the 30th Company, Royal Army Service Corps, Colewart Barracks, Portsmouth and was remanded to await military escort.  He gave himself up at the Warwick Police Station last night.

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