Punishment issued to Soldiers was in some instances far more severe than that of the convicts. Up to 1,500 lashes were issued as punishment, but this was rare, it did occur, not many lived following. (An example was 300 lashes issued to a soldier for being absent from duty). Execution was also common and in some cases was carried out after the lash had been used.
The Soldiers were the law upholders and to break the laws of the day bought disgrace to the Uniform, King, and, the ultimate sin, the Regiment.
Therefore, the punishment for any indiscretion was severe and kept the soldiers focused and in line.
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