“Hold your rifle properly, soldier!” Sergeant Blazek roared at the young recruit on the barracks square. In answer, the recruit cried, “I’ll show you how to hold a gun!” and, releasing the safety catch on the rifle, shot the sergeant point-blank in the head.

The recruit, Private Jan Rehor, was brought before a military court, where witnesses said the sergeant was an amiable man who never mistreated soldiers, and was well-liked by everyone.

Rehor was sentenced to death and hanged on Thursday, October 3rd, 1901, at Ceske Budejovice, now in the Czech province of Bohemia. He had to be supported by the priest who accompanied him to the gallows and begged in vain to be pardoned.