George Armstrong

George Armstrong was one of only three British subjects who were sentenced to death and executed under the Treachery Act 1940. The other two were Duncan Scott-Ford and Theodore Schurch. George Johnson Armstrong was a British engineer born in Newcastle. At his trial on 8 May 1941, before Mr. Justice Lewis, Armstrong was charged with… Continue reading George Armstrong

Josef Jakobs

The details in this section deal with the case of Josef Jakobs; the last person to be executed at the Tower of London. JOSEF JACKOBS’ FINAL PETITION COURT MEMBERSJosef Jakobs’ courts-martial was convened by Lieutenant-General Sir Bertram N. Sergison-Brooke, KCVO, CB, CMG, DSO, commanding London District. The trial was held at Duke of York’s HQ,… Continue reading Josef Jakobs

1939-45 Espionage

This section deals with people who spied for Germany during the Second World War, and were convicted and subsequently executed under the Treachery Act 1940, for their activities. All the people except Jakobs and Schurch, were tried before a judge and 12-person jury at The Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) London. Both Jakobs and Schurch… Continue reading 1939-45 Espionage

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Treason and Treachery

This article explains the important difference between two pieces of legislation used to execute people for their activities during World War Two. These two acts of Parliament are the High Treason Act 1351 (Amended 1945) and the Treachery Act 1940. High Treason Act 1351 (Amended 1945)High Treason (the highest form of treason – against the… Continue reading Treason and Treachery