He had a curious sort of spying career, this Mustapha Saghir. Indian by birth, he was thought by many people to be mentally unstable. He had personal ambitions to forge ties between the British Empire and the new nationalist government in Turkey. The British secret service became suspicious of him, and when he wandered into Greek territory he was arrested.

Then the British changed their minds, and decided to use him as a “loyal” Indian spy. Saghir began sending reports to London in invisible ink. He was caught red-handed by the Turks, who were getting angry at Britain’s neutral stance in a new war between Greece and Turkey. So on Tuesday, May 24th, 1921 – British Empire Day – the Turks hanged him out of spite at a military barracks near Ankara.