Beware the wrath of the British Raj! That message went unheeded when 18 Indian cavalrymen serving in Britain’s Indian army conspired to overthrow British rule. They cut telegraph wires, stockpiled weapons and held secret meetings. When they were caught, retribution was Draconian. On Friday, October 1st, 1915, 12 of them were hanged in Umballa Prison in the Punjab. One was sentenced to 10 years and the other five had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

The Times reported the hangings in just two paragraphs.