A great night out on the town in Kautan, Malaysia, for Private Jack Itumo and some of his mates threatened to come to an untimely end when they were ordered back to barracks. Itumo, a Kenyan serving with the King’s African Rifles, became truculent and continued to be difficult when he finally arrived at the barracks.

A sharp warning from Lieutenant John Maher to behave himself had the opposite effect – Itumo pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer to death. He was sentenced to death by a military court in August 1953, and hanged on Tuesday, November 10th, 1953, in Kuala Lumpur. He was the last British soldier to be executed under military law.