Great War Stories: The Executed Five

A DigitalNZ Story by Great War Stories

Digital items relating the Great War Story video about Ettie Rout. Private Victor Spencer and Private Jack Braithwaite were two of 28 members of the NZEF sentenced to death during the First World War. Five of these men were sent before the firing squad: Spencer and Braithwaite, Private Frank Hughes, Private John Sweeney, and Private John King. Braithwaite was tried and executed by British military authorities for mutiny while the others were tried and executed by New Zealand authorities for desertion. In total 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers were executed after being convicted in courts-martial during the First World War. In September 2000 all five men received posthumous pardons when the New Zealand Parliament passed the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act. See more Great War Stories here http://firstworldwar.govt.nz/great-war-stories

BRAITHWAITE, Jack [John]

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Braithwaite, John - Biography

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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The War Play

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand soldier executed

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

HUGHES, Frank

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Image: Private Frank Hughes
Private Frank Hughes

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

SWEENEY, John Joseph

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

SPENCER, Victor Manson

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

KING, John

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga