February 13th, 2008 Headsman
On this date in 1942, with the British about to abandon Singapore to the Japanese, turncoat officer Patrick Stanley Vaughan Heenan was summarily executed at Keppel Harbour.
Heenan was caught on December 10, but there was little werewithal to handle his case as the defenders’ situation deteriorated desperately — less for anything Heenan had on offer than for the comprehensive weakness of the British position. He never seems to have been judicially sentenced, but he was shot by a guard chosen by lot two days before Britain surrendered Singapore. Something of an outsider to begin with, Heenan had begun taunting his guards on their impending defeat.
Part of the Themed Set: Unruly Britannia.
Also on this date
- 1864: Bizoton Affair executions
- 1859: Father Paul Loc, Vietnamese martyr
- 2009: Minurul Islam and two friends, for a dowry death
- 1892: Two Georgian bandits, witnessed by Stalin
- 1906: William Williams, the last hanged in Minnesota
- 1542: Kathryn Howard, the rose without a thorn