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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Byng leads the list of candidates for a late pardon
By Ben Fenton
(Filed: 18/08/2006)

The prospective pardoning of 306 First World War soldiers who were shot at dawn has sparked calls for Adml Sir John Byng to be given similar treatment.
Byng was executed on the quarterdeck of his own flagship after failing to retake Minorca in 1757.
His death prompted Voltaire's famous remark that the British occasionally shot an admiral "pour encourager les autres".
Daily Telegraph

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