Seven Egyptian nationalists put on trial in November 1924 for the murder of Sir Lee Stack, British commander of the Egyptian Army and governor-general of the Sudan, in Cairo, treated the proceedings with contemptuous cynicism. One of them, who was asked, “Did you say you had killed 25 Englishmen?” replied carelessly, “No, 35.”

The Egyptian Government expressed its regret and promised to punish the conspirators, whose assassination of the army commander was part of their violent campaign to drive the British out of Egypt and the Sudan.

On Sunday, August 23rd, 1925, they were hanged in Cairo at 40-minute intervals. One had to be dragged to the scaffold struggling violently, while the others, according to The Times’s report, “faced death with remarkable composure and even indifference.”