This Day In History: 1713-12-24

Ordered to disband by a parsimonious and corrupt Government, which has cheated and robbed them for years, the men of  Wills’s Regiment of Marines  (later 30th Foot and then 1st East Lancashires) muster  under their sergeants in Canterbury, their regimental town. Under arms but without ammunition, and taking with them the Regimental Colours, they march on London to petition Parliament for their back-pay, which they have not received for years.