Court Martial

Thomas Breadmore was born in Mildenahll, Wiltshire, in 1853. In 1871, aged 18, he is listed as a private in the R.M.L.I. (Royal Marine Light Infantry) at Walmer in Kent and in 1881 he was stationed at Chatham, Kent. He completed his service in 1885.

Did he influence his nephew Harry Frederick, the son of his brother William, to join the R.M.L.I.?

The Hampshire Telegraph & Sussex Chronicle of Saturday 6 May 1899 reports the following Court Martial of 22 year old Harry Frederick.

"The Channel Squadron - Aranci Bay April 27th
A Court-martial assembled on board H.M.S. Niobe on Thursday morning, under the presidency of Captain Winsloe, for the trial of Harry Frederick Breadmore, a private in the R.M.L.I., of H.M.S. Diadem. Prisoner was charged with striking and knocking down a sergeant of Marines belonging to his ship. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment with hard labour."

H.M.S. Diadem and H.M.S. Niobe were part of the Channel Squadron which arrived in Aranci Bay, north eastern Sardinia, on 17 April 1899 in connection with a visit by King Humbert and Queen Margherita of Itlay. The Channel Squadron was later sent to Gibralter at the start of the Boer War to escort troop ships.

Harry Frederick was the son of William and Ann BREADMORE of Bermondsey. By 1907, when he married, he had left the Marines and become a Fruit Porter. He died in 1930, aged 53.

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