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The Grenadier Guards.

Speaking at a meeting at Battersea Mr John Burns said they had had trouble m the Guards, and as he knew more about it than anyone, he would tell them how it originated. About eight months ago a committee appointed by the privates 0? the Grenadier Guards came to see him, and consulted him upon their grievances. It appears that the officers were a good deal fonder of being at Lord's j or the Oval, or Hurlingtonf or Windsor, or St. John's Wood (the latter for choice) than looking after their regimental duties. This, of course, left a good deal of power m the hands of tho * noh-commissioned officers, and they had made the regiment an unendurable hell for the jhen. Every spring great numbers of the Militia officers came to learn their drill, and when cliey were not learning company and battalion drill they "practised on 10 or 12■; files of defaulters. Now,. it was customary to " tip" the sergeantmajors two guineas, and he knew two men m the 2nd Battalion this spring who had earned £80 an this; ; way, aiid as there were not always sufficient defaulters to make these extra drills possible,:^ the sergeants took care to invent offences and make defaulters. What he told the men to do he was not goitag to, repeat m public, but at any rate what^they had done had been successful, for it had improved the lot of theconiinon soldier immensely. The Guards had been sent to Bermuda, where they would have *H j rattling good time of it, and as to the ! sentences passed on the six piiapners, he felt sure that the public demand for the remission, or at any rate the considerable reduction of their sentences, could not be disregarded. ;: * I

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The Grenadier Guards., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890

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The Grenadier Guards. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890