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either from his tardy progress in leaving the spot, or a miscalculation of time, the word of command was given, and the firing took place while he yet was within hearing. The effect upon him was that he fell to the ground, and never after recovered the shock upon his nerves.
" The bodies of the two mutineers were inferred in Hove churchyard, contiguous to the centre of the old north boundary wall, where their remains continued undisturbed till the restoration of the Church, in 1834, when a saw-pit was dug at the actual spot, and a few of their bones were exhumed. The burying party was under Sergeant-Major Masters, who afterwards was a publican at Witney. The receipt for the burial fees on the inter­ment of the bodies is still retained by his family. A few years since, Mr Samuel Thorncroft, the Assistant-Overseer of Brighton, being at Witney, by chance called at Masters' house, when, the subject of the execution of the two men being introduced, the receipt referred to was shown him, and Masters stated that so infamously con­structed were the coffins in which the corpses were put that, notwithstanding they were buried in their regimental attire, their blood oozed through the coffins and ran down the backs of their comrades who conveyed them to their grave."
Several of the Militia regiments were here for some time after the breaking up of the Camp; the South Glo'ster Militia, commanded by Earl Berkeley, remaining with others many years, and had one of the principal bands attached to it. The Band Master, Mr Woerth, was the author of several musical pieces, among others, " Brighton Camp, or the girl I left behind me " (music which seems inherent to fifes and drums); and the "Nightingale," a military rondo, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, first performed before him at the Royal Pavilion, in 1803.
On Sept. 23,1805, a grand review of the Inniskillings, Queen's Dragoons, Artillery, and South Gloucester,
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