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'On the knee' incident at RNB Portsmouth

Not the US version [which has spread to our shore in an unseemly and most unseamanly manner] The RN were there pre-WW1...

When? At a Sunday evening quarters parade early in November 1906
Why? Starts to rain, OOD dismisses parade but bunch of stokie boys thin out but noisily; their disrespect upsets him so....
What? Officious OOD recalls all the stokies to muster in drillshed to express his displeasure and receive his dressing down.
How? By ordering all of 'em down on the 'On the Knee', apparently a term used at Seaman Gunnery instruction on Whaley to gain attention but not appreciated by the already wet & unhappy stokie boy fraternity who take umbrage, and express their own displeasure and grievances later...

Then? Things deteriorate - Commodore called, Pompey mounted police, too. All gets verrrry messy so read the pdf for the full 'Mutiny' story with D Mail/Edgar Wallace stirring and keeping the potmess simmering, Qs in Parliament, OOD faces CM etc etc

Result? Don't expect a spoiler from me, Chopper - read it yourself!


PS Other versions around with some deviations/variations/additions but all part of our rich RN history and Jack should baulk at misguidedly assuming this position unless in memory of our brave, if uppity, stokie boys - the original black gang.
 
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