Yet another soldier who didn’t like his sergeant was Private Charles McCready, 25, of the Durham Light Infantry. When Sergeant Owen Guinny came into the barrack-room at Fermoy Barracks, County Cork, McCready put his rifle to his hip and fired. The sergeant fell and died 15 minutes later.

McCready was exacting revenge for having been given 10 days’ confined-to-barracks punishment the previous day for insubordination.

He was hanged on Monday, September 22nd, 1856, outside Cork Prison, by an unnamed fellow-soldier, who performed a perfect execution.