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Did the 96th Regt of Foot kick your backdoor in?
« on: August 09, 2008, 07:30:58 AM »
New Report from themonsstar on the frontline in New Zealand.


There were consequences in the Supreme Court in Auckland when four privates of the 96th Regiment were charged with rioting with the 'felonious intent' of demolishing a house in Shortland Crescent (now Street) on the night of 29 May 1845. The Owner of the property had returned home to find a 'great crowd' in front of it and the soldiers attempting to break in.

The defence claimed the prisoners had been urged on by the exclamations of the crowd: 'GO it 96' and 'Knock the house down'.

Lt Col Hulme who relieved Bunbury as the Commander of the 96th spoke in support of his men, claiming they were of good character and had been 'much slandered and insulted since the affair at Kororareka.

It was pointed out two of the accused were in fact in their beds in the barracks, drunk, for the whole of the night of the 29th. However the other two were found guilty and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.
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