This blog is mainly concerned with British 20th Century (1900 – 1999) Military & Criminal History. Due to the nature of the subject it is sometimes necessary to cover events which fall outside this strict period of time.



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  • Sach and Walters
    In the period 1900 to 1964, when capital punishment ended, five women were executed at Holloway Prison in London. In chronological order the five women are Amelia Sach, Annie Walters, Edith Thompson, Styllou Christofi and Ruth Ellis. THE CASE OF EDITH THOMPSON THE CASE OF STYLLOU CHRISTOFI THE CASE OF RUTH ELLIS AMELIA SACH and… Continue reading Sach and Walters
  • Thompson – Bywaters
    The Thompson – Bywaters case involved the murder of Percy Thompson by Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters. The dead man’s widow Edith Thompson was found guilty of murder by the common law legal doctrine of “Common Purpose”; where someone who incites and encourages the murder of a person is just as guilty as the person… Continue reading Thompson – Bywaters
  • Wladyslaw Sikorski
    On 4 July 1943, at 11.07pm, Consolidated B-24C Liberator Mk II aircraft, registration AL523 (511 Squadron), took off from Gibraltar airport on a journey to the UK. The weather was fine, light wind, no cloud, visibility 10 miles. The aircraft climbed to about 150 feet in a perfectly normal manner. The aircraft then gradually lost… Continue reading Wladyslaw Sikorski
  • Victor John Terry
    John Henry Pull, the son of Albert Edward (a plumber’s mate) and Eliza Pull, was born on 25 June 1899 at Arundel, Sussex. After working as a postman, he joined Lloyds Bank, Durrington, Worthing as a security guard. Victor John Terry was the son of Alfred (painter and decorator) and Matilda Terry. He hated discipline… Continue reading Victor John Terry
  • U.S. Executions in UK
    A total of 18 American servicemen were convicted, sentenced and executed by American courts martial in the UK during World War Two. A great deal of information about the American court martial system, including Board of Review findings, example cases and legal texts can be found as part of the United States Military Legal Resources… Continue reading U.S. Executions in UK
  • Australian Executed WWI
    Over 300 UK soldiers, 25 Canadian and 5 New Zealand soldiers were sentenced to death and executed by courts-martial during the First World War. While Australian citizens serving in the Australian Army were sentenced to death, they all had their death sentences commuted. However, there were two Australians serving in the New Zealand Army and… Continue reading Australian Executed WWI
  • UK Executed WWI
    Over 300 ( approximately 10% of soldiers sentenced to death) British soldiers were executed for capital offences during the First World War. I have looked at the cases of executed soldiers from the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Middlesex Regiment. The courts-martial proceedings for these soldiers are available at The National Archives, Kew, London.… Continue reading UK Executed WWI
  • NZ Executed WWI
    While just over 300 British soldiers were executed for capital offences during the First World War, 5 New Zealand soldiers were executed: four for desertion and one for mutiny. THE COURTS MARTIAL SYSTEM AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 CANADIAN SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 UK SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 The service papers for New Zealand soldiers can be view… Continue reading NZ Executed WWI
  • Christie and Evans
    John Reginald Halliday Christie was a 54 year old serial murderer and sexual psychopath. His evidence at the trial of Timothy Evans helped find Evans guilty and his subsequent execution. In 1965, Timothy Evans received a posthumous pardon. POSTHUMOUS PARDONS. John Reginald Halliday Christie was born on 8 April 1899, in Halifax, Yorkshire. The 1901… Continue reading Christie and Evans