British Executions

John Byng

Age: 53

Sex: male

Crime: unknown

Date Of Execution: 14 Mar 1757

Crime Location: Battle of Minorca

Execution Place: HMS Monarch, Solent

Method: shot

Executioner: unknown


John Byng became the only British admiral executed, by firing squad by the Royal Navy. His crime was to have failed to "do his utmost" at the Battle of Minorca during the Seven Years War.