British man executed in Mexico
The Mexican revolutionary General Villa, seen here, has deemed it fit to execute Mr WH Benton following an apparent threat on his life. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

British man executed in Mexico

Published: 20 February 1914

Mr W.H. Benton, a British subject, was today executed by firing squad in Mexico. Benton had been accused of making a threat against the life of the revolutionary leader, General Villa.

It is said that Mr Benton and the General had known each other with the former having moved to Mexico 25 years ago.

The ranch owner, Mr Benton, was courtmartialled and executed within a number of hours. (Image: Illustrated London News [London, England], 7 March 1914)

Mr Benton was courtmartialled on charges of conspiracy and of provoking and insulting General Villa. He was quickly found guilty and executed soon after.

The killing is said to have caused great unease among other foreingers in Mexico.

Mr. Bryan , the United States Secretary of State, has ordered an investigation into the execution.

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