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« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2017, 15:41:11 PM »

MILITARY RIOT AT CHATHAM. A military riot of a serious character occurred shortly before midnight on Wednesday at the newly constructed barracks at Chattenden, near Chatham. The extensive magazines for supplying the Chatham regimental district and the forts in the Medway are situated here, and the barracks are for the accommodation of the guard, which, on Wednesday night, consisted of two companies of the 2nd Hampshire Regiment. After the evening entertainment the men were larking noisily, and were ordered by the non-commissioned officer to desist. This they refused to do, and the riot spread. When the officers appeared and ordered parade, the men refused to turn out. Eventually they paraded, and 16 men were placed under arrest. They were conveyed to Chatham on Thursday morning, and will be tried by court martial. A Central News correspondent telegraphs : An emeute of a very serious character occurred on Boxing Night at Chattenden Barracks, where a detachment of the Hampshire Regiment is quartered under Captain Maclean. Just before midnight the men took to smashing the windows and the furniture of their barrack rooms, and after the Assembly bad been twice sounded without effect, the riot had to be quelled by the guard with fixed bayonets. Nearly one hundred squares of glass were broken, and several window sashes were knocked completely out.. Sixteen men were placed under arrest.

South Wales Echo 28/12/1888
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2017, 16:25:48 PM »

RAILWAY COLLISION AT  CHATHAM.
 Thirty Soldiers Injured.

The Central News correspondent at Chatham telegraphs:-A serious accident occurred on Monday evening at the Government Works at Chattenden, near Chatham, where a party of Engineers are engaged establishing communication between a new magazine and a wharf on the Medway. Work had ceased for the day, and a company of Engineers, with some civilians, were going home in trollies behind an engine on the temporary line. Between Chattenden and Chatham, when at a sharp curve, a collision occurred  with a powder tram that was travelling in opposite direction on the same line. The shock appears to have been very violent, and 31 men received severe injuries. Urgent help was necessary, but none was obtainable, the spot being an isolated one. An officer of Engineers started at the double, and continued running till he reached Rochester, where he took a cab to the military hospital at Chatham. Dr Whiston, the available surgeon, returned in the cab to Chattenden,  two ambulance waggons were despatched immediately afterwards. In these eight of the severely hurt were started for Chatham, ,but condition of one sufferer became so critical on the journey that he was left at the public hospital at Rochester. The others were taken to the military  hospital at Chatham, where they are now under the care of the military surgeons. One of them has sustained a very serious injury to the spine

South wales Echo 23/6/1891
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