HC Deb 03 December 1906 vol 166 cc567-8

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state, concerning the three stokers lately sentenced to penal servitude, what were their ages on enlistment; when did each enlist: has each served afloat, and, if so, for how long; what serious entries were against each in the defaulter sheets before the trial; and in what class was each in regard to leave.


Only one of the stokers tried by court-martial as a result of the recent disturbance at Portsmouth has been sentenced to penal servitude. This man, Edward Moody, entered the Navy in March, 1905, at the age of twenty-two. He served afloat for six months in the "Majestic." In July, 1905, he was sentenced to five days cells for leave breaking. In the same month he deserted and remained in a state of desertion for seven weeks. On being recovered he was sentenced to twenty-eight days hard labour, and two days after he had completed this sentence he received fourteen days cell punishment or breaking out. A month later he received a further fourteen days cells for a similar offence. His character was "indifferent," and he was in the second class for leave.