4 January 1946 – Theodore Schurch

With 10 crimes levelled against him, Theodore William John Schurch was the last person to be executed in the UK for a murderless crime.

In March 1945 the Anglo-Swiss soldier was arrested in Rome for fascist activities during the Second World War. He stood accused of nine counts of treachery and one of desertion.

As an army man, Schurch was court martialled at the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death. Schurch was hanged on 4 January 1946, aged just 27.

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