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Notes of 1875



From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12 February, 1875. Price 1d.


On Monday afternoon an inquest was held at the Recreation Room at Dover Castle, on the body of a soldier named James Sandes, who was put into the guard-room on Saturday night in a state of drunkenness, and the next morning he was found dead. The Coroner took the following evidence:-

John Bodell deposed: I am a Corporal in the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery, stationed at Dover. Deceased was a gunner in the same brigade. His age was 24. I last saw him alive on Saturday night. I was in charge of the main Castle guard. Deceased, who had come up from the town, was walking through the entrance when he fell through the wicket gate on to the ground. He was picked up and brought into the guard-room. His waist belt was taken off and his tunic unbuttoned, and he was then locked up with the other prisoners. Between six and seven on Sunday morning I sent a bombardier to arouse the prisoner. He came back and reported that deceased was dead. I went immediately, and found that this was the case. Deceased was suiting in the corner of the bedstead with his hands on his knees, his head down, and his face black. He was very drunk when he was led into the guard-room. I visited the prisoner at midnight on Saturday, and found deceased asleep. I did not direct anyone to visit them after that. Prisoners in separate cells are visited every two hours. I was not aware that such visits should be made when several prisoners are confined together. The guard can see into the room where deceased was confined, and if anything had appeared wrong he could have seen to it.

Thomas Douse deposed: I am a gunner in the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery. On Saturday night deceased was brought to the main Castle guard at about nine. I was a prisoner there myself. He was very drunk, but I heard him ask the Corporal not to confine him. He vomited very much, and appeared very restless. He was vomiting till I fell asleep. In the morning when I woke up I saw he was dead. I saw no one touch or strike him during the night.

Edward Arthur Jessop deposed: I am bombardier in the 3rd brigade Royal Artillery. On Saturday night deceased was a prisoner in the Castle guard-room for drunkenness. I was ordered to arouse the prisoner. I went into the room and saw at once that deceased was dead. A doctor was sent for and came at once.

Dr. J. A. Hanbury deposed: I am surgeon-major to the Royal Artillery. On Sunday morning I was called to see deceased. I found him quite dead. The body was cold and stiff, but there were no marks of violence. The skin of the face and chest was black. I am of opinion that his death arose from congestion of the brain, arising from inordinate drinking.

Verdict, “Death from excessive drinking.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12 March, 1875. Price 1d.


Thomas Burville was charged with stealing a bottle of gin.

Mr. William Foster, of the firm of Latham and Co., and agent for the ship Mary A. Mary, said: I am agent for the purchasers of the cargo, Messrs. Ellis and Co., of Browne's Buildings, London. The bottle produced contains gin. The gin is now in the warehouse, and is being re-packed. The man has been employed since the day of sale, about a fortnight since, and was employed there yesterday, and had access to the gin. He left work about five yesterday. The value of the bottle of gin is 15d. with duty.

Prisoner said he had the gin given him by a boy.

The magistrates regarded the case as a serious breach of trust sentenced the prisoner to one months' imprisonment.

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 May, 1875. Price 1d.


George Monday applied to have a public-house at Ash transferred to him, but as the applicant appeared before the Magistrates the worse for liquor, the application was refused.