The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Disgraceful Conduct at Laira

This 1892 cutting from the Western Morning News hints at the drudgery of garrison life for soldiers stationed along the Palmerston's follies. It also highlights the dangerous relationship between soldiers and alcohol which was one of the most difficult issues for the War Department to deal with and led to many schemes to try and encourage temperance (ie abstinence) amongst soldiers. It is interesting that the fact that they had recently returned from service in India is almost given as a mitigating factor that might explain their behaviour.

Image courtesy of Victor Lee Graham Fox

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