Sunday, 27 May 2012

27th May 1812: Disorder lasting hours in Dewsbury results in two people being bayonetted

On the night of Wednesday 27th May 1812, a seemingly very significant event occurred in Dewsbury, but which only merited one paragraph in the Leeds Mercury of 30th May:
We are informed, that an affray of some hours duration, took place between the military and a number of the inhabitants at Dewsbury, on Wednesday night, in which two of the populace were bayonetted, but we are happy to say, not mortally. The particulars of this unfortunate rencontre have not yet reached us.

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