By Colonel Keith Wilkins OBE. Marine McSweeney’s public execution in Malta was shocking even by today’s standards. Hanged for the killing of Corporal James T Allen after a dispute aboard the battleship HMS Rodney in 1837 McSweeney was buried in a remote graveyard on the Mediterranean island of Malta where even today locals keep the memory of Private Thomas McSweeney alive with candles and flowers laid at his gravestone every day. Col Wilkins places the story in the wider context of life and punishment in the Royal Marines during the early decades of the nineteenth century.
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