School holidays are almost over (well in Scotland anyway!), so I can return to my blog!!
Today is the anniversary of a rather important date in the history of the Tower of London.
On 15th August 1941, a man named Corporal Josef Jakobs, was incarcerated in the Tower on a charge of treason. He was taken to the rifle range, sat on a chair and blindfolded.
Eight resident Scots Guards stood opposite him, rifles loaded. Five of these men had live bullets in their guns and three had blanks. A little after 7am, they raised their rifles and executed the condemned man.
He would come to be famous as the last person to ever be executed on the grounds of the Tower of London.
The actual chair that he was seated upon while he was executed is on display in the Tower’s exhibition, the backrest being broken where the shots went through the corporal’s body. An interesting item of note, if you are visiting the Tower.
What about the man himself?
He was German, though born in Luxembourg. He had served in the German army during the First World War, and returned to service for the Second World War.
In early 1941, he was parachuted into England with forged papers, to spy for his home country. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle when he landed, which aided his capture by the Home Guard.
He was transferred to London, where he recieved treatment for his ankle and imprisonment as a traitor.
His military trial took place in early August, about ten days before his execution.
After his execution his body was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in London.
Stuck in the country that he was sent to spy on, even after his death.