Incidental music? Solved by Misfits ~ McCaffery ~ by pix-elation

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The death of the man who lies here inspired a song. Can you name that song?

Solved by Misfits:

The song in the folk repertoire, sometimes called McCafferty, or McCaffery, is about an ordinary soldier, who following his confinement to barracks as the result of a minor misdemeanour shot Colonel Hugh Crofton and Captain John Hanham, in Fulwood barracks at Preston, Lancashire, in 1861. He was tried for the crime and hanged at Kirkdale jail in the Liverpool area, watched by a huge crowd of mainly Irish people.

The melancholy story gave rise to a halfpenny ballad whose mildly subversive lyrics were rumoured to have been ‘banned’ by the military authorities, while the ghost of McCaffery is said to haunt the old Officers’ Mess.

The grave is that of Captain John Hanham in Wimborne, Dorset, his family’s home town.

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    great picture – no idea of the song

  • Thanks Charmiene – once the Bubble Jeopardy sleuths get to work on this the song will soon be found.

    – pix-elation

  • Misfits
    Misfitsabout 3 years ago

    Is it this one?
    When I was eighteen years of age
    Into the army I did engage
    I left my home with a good intent
    For to join the forty-second regiment

    While I was posted on guard one day
    Some soldiers’ children came out to play
    From the officers’ quarters my captain came
    And he ordered me for to take their names

    I took one name instead of three
    On neglect of duty they then charged me
    I was confined to barracks with loss of pay
    For doing my duty the opposite way

    A loaded rifle I did prepare
    For to shoot my captain in the barracks square
    It was my captain I meant to kill
    But I shot my colonel against my will

    At Liverpool Assizes my trial I stood
    And I held my courage as best I could
    Then the old judge said, Now, McCafferty
    Go prepare your soul for eternity

    I had no father to take my part
    No loving mother to break her heart
    I had one friend and a girl was she
    Who’d lay down her life for McCafferty

    So come all you officers take advice from me
    And go treat your men with some decency
    For it’s only lies and a tyranny
    That have made a murderer of McCafferty

  • Indeed it is – I didn’t think it would take long, but that was amazing! Well done.

    – pix-elation

  • Misfits
    Misfitsabout 3 years ago

    Never heard of it, but I could just make out the name on the tombstone and googled.
    Sorry Laurie!

  • I thought you deserved an easy one for a change!

    – pix-elation

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08about 3 years ago

    Yes, it is readable: John Hanham ;) I came too late, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    Next one, please! and send me a bmail before you post it … lol !

  • Bad luck! The next one won’t be so easy! lol

    – pix-elation

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieabout 3 years ago

    Nice work. Quite the fencing.

  • Thanks for commenting, it’s much appreciated.

    – pix-elation

  • Misfits
    Misfitsabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on coming first in the latest challenge Laurie. Well done!

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