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Regimental History - 19th Century
Riot at Mold, Flintshire
The Riot at Mold, Flintshire, 2nd June 1869. A company of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, under Captain Blake was sent from Chester Barracks to support the police, who were escorting two miners to the prison at Flint. The two men had been convicted of assault during a dispute between the miners and the Leeswood Coal Company. The police and soldiers were pelted with stones by a crowd of nearly 2000 people as they escorted the prisoners from the courthouse to the station. The soldiers fired over the heads of the crowd but failed to disperse them; the magistrate then ordered them to fire on the crowd, of which five were killed and about twenty wounded. Two officers, 23 soldiers and a number of police were injured, some seriously.
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