Corporal Ryder in India - mid 19th Century

from Four Years' Service in India. By a Private Soldier, pages 103-104:

It was early in the morning, before daylight, that we paraded for the execution, and formed three sides of a square, the open side being left for the balls to pass through when the soldiers fired…After the first dawn I could see the party stand with the prisoner, when they were ordered to proceed in the following manner: first the provost with his arms reversed; then the band and drummers, playing the ‘Dead March’, the drums being muffled with black; next the firing party, with arms reversed; then the coffin, borne by four men; next to this the prisoner, in company of the minister …   more >>
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Corporal Ryder, Four Years' Service in India. By a Private Soldier. In T. H. McGuffie (ed.), Rank and file : the common soldier at peace and war, 1642-1914 (London, 1964), p. 103-104. accessed: 4 March, 2024

location of experience: India


Corporal Ryder
corporal, police constable

Listening to

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Dead March at a military execution performed by band of the 32nd Regiment of Foot

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by th4 on Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:28:03 +0000