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Great War Stories 2 - The Executed Five Television (Full Length Episode) – 2015 Documentary War

Great War Stories 2 - The Executed Five

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2015 Documentary War

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During World War I five members of the New Zealand Division were executed for military crimes  — four for desertion and one for mutiny. Two of them, Victor Spencer and John Braithwaite, are profiled in this episode of Great War Stories. Spencer, an apprentice engineer from Bluff, was twice convicted of desertion, and put to death — despite an officer he'd known at Gallipoli vouching for his good character. Braithwaite was executed for mutiny, after trying to defuse a fight over the inhumane living conditions of military prisons. In 2000 the government pardoned all five executed men.

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Peter Metcalf

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Ian Leslie

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Anna Cottrell

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The accused was a good soldier while he was with me. I had no fault to find with him.
– An officer writing in defence of Victor Spencer