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United Kingdom: Caning in the Royal Navy, 1920s: Internal government report

Admiralty Papers, Public Record Office

ADM 178/74

TABLE A: statistical appendix to note by Naval Law Branch





TABLE "A".

Percentage of punishments of boys to average numbers borne.

TRAINING ESTABLISHMENTS.

 

1926.

1927.

1928.

1929.

1930.

H.M.S. GANGES.

Canings.

22.4

36.0

33.0

29.5

24.2

All punishments.

90.5

142.0

134.3

98.2

111.5

(In 1930, 194 canings -- 895 total punishments -- average no. boys 803)

 

H.M.S. IMPREGNABLE.

Canings.

25.8

25.7

30.7

Closed

All punishments.

67.5

79.1

121.9

Closed

(Closed in 1930).

 

H.M.S. ST. VINCENT.

Canings.

(Not open)

40.8

47.9

48.3

22.9

All punishments.

156.1

158.9

204.4

205.2

(In 1930, 115 canings -- 1032 total punishments -- average no. boys 503)

 

H.M.S. FISGARD.

Canings.

6.0

6.4

4.2

6.6

8.6

All punishments.

27.3

36.3

29.3

27.5

39.3

(In 1930, 34 canings -- 155 total punishments -- average no. boys 394)

 

Average for all establishments.

Canings.

20.8

33.4

35.9

35.5

20.1

All punishments.

73.1

110.5

115.2

107.4

122.4

(In 1930, 343 canings -- 2082 total punishments -- average no. boys 1700)

 

TRAINING SQUADRON.

 

1926.

1929.

1930.

All ships.

Canings.

38.3

23.9

20.0

All punishments.

150.3

99.1

70.8

(The percentage of punishments for men in 1930 was 54.9)

(In 1930, 120 canings -- 425 total punishments -- average no. of boys 60)

 

ATLANTIC FLEET.

Two typical Capital ships

Canings.

34.2

44.8

27.4

All punishments.

97.2

112.1

67.1

(In 1930, 20 canings -- 49 total punishments -- average no. of boys 73)

 

MEDITERRANEAN FLEET.

Two typical Capital ships

Canings.

38.8

43.2

55.5

All punishments.

125.2

202.7

216.6

(In 1930, 20 canings -- 78 total punishments -- average no. of boys 36)

(As only a small number of boys are borne in Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleet Ships, the percentages are liable to greater fluctuation than if the numbers were larger).

 

TOTAL NUMBERS OF PUNISHMENTS OF BOYS IN WHOLE OF R.N.

1925.

1926.

1927.

1928.

1929.

1930.

 

93.6

89.1

108.8

109.9

107.3

Figures not yet available.

(In 1929, 4747 total punishments - average no. of boys 4426)

Separate figures for canings are not available.



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