11th July 1846: Solder dies after punishment flogging
Private John Fredrick White, of the 7th Hussars, sentenced to 150 lashes with a cat o' nine tails after hitting a Sergeant with a poker whilst drunk at Hounslow Cavalry Barracks, Beavers Lane.
Despite resting in the barracks hospital for over 2 weeks after the flogging his health suddenly deteriorated and he died.
The nation was shocked at the death of Private White, so in the following year the Army was forced to reduce the number of lashes handed out from 150 to 50.
Private White was the last British military man to die by flogging. In 1868 flogging and some other forms of Corporal Punishment was withdrawn during peacetime, and finally was abolished outright in 1881.
Private White was later buried in the nearby church of St Leonard's in Heston.