August 22nd, 1861, at the Old Bailey saw another soldier on trial for murdering an NCO. He was Private Peter Masterson, 22, who was in the guardroom at Woolwich Barracks, London, for being drunk. He picked up a poker from the coal-box and brought it crashing down on the head of the duty sergeant, Martin Murphy.

Sergeant Murphy died in hospital three days later and Masterson, found guilty of his murder, was hanged on Thursday, September 19th, 1861, outside Maidstone Prison.