This Day In History: 1861-09-14

Fulwood Barracks, Preston. In an incident which has echoed down the years ever since, 19-year-old Private Patrick McCaffery of the 32nd Regiment, aggrieved at being punished for a misdemeanour, kills both the Commandant and the Adjutant with a single shot. Hanged for his crime before a massive crowd at Kirkdale Gaol, Liverpool, his ghost is said to haunt the barracks, and a mildly subversive Irish folk song about the incident is claimed to have been banned in the British Army until relatively recently, although no evidence has ever been found to support this.