Thomas Clinton, a 28-year-old soldier, had a grudge against his company sergeant-major. In November 1916 Clinton had been fined 7s. 6d. and confined to barracks for seven days for a disciplinary offence, the sergeant-major being among witnesses who gave evidence against him.

Brooding over his grievance, Clinton avenged himself on JANUARY 13th, 1917, by shooting the sergeant-major dead. Charged with murder, he claimed he had fired his gun accidentally, but a Manchester Assizes jury disbelieved him after hearing evidence of what he had said after the shooting.

On February 15th, 1917, he was convicted of murder. There was no appeal, and he was hanged.