Employed as a cook in the sergeants’ mess at Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Gunner Alfred Holden, 25, of the Royal Artillery, had an argument with one of the sergeants and stormed out. Next day he cut the throat of his 11-month-old baby, Alfred.

His wife, who found the baby’s still-warm body, and her husband’s bloodied knife under their bed, told police: “He must have done it while I went to fetch him a pint of beer.”

Holden said: “I did it to spite the sergeant. I want to be hung. I don’t want to be no burden on my wife.”

He was hanged three months later, on Thursday, August 20th, 1863, alongside Alfred Eldridge (see above) outside Maidstone Prison.