The tragic story of Admiral John Byng (1704-57). Known for the loss of Minorca in 1756 at the beginning of the Seven Years’ War. His ships badly needed repair and he was relieved of his command before he could see to his ships or secure the extra forces he required. He was court-martialled and found guilty of failing to ‘do his utmost’ to prevent Minorca falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca (1756). He was sentenced to death and shot by firing squad (Voltaire commented ‘pour encourager les autres’), on 14 March 1757.
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