WW1 GERMAN and FOREIGN PRO-GERMAN SPIES EXECUTED AT THE TOWER OF LONDON.  MORE EXECUTIONS TOOK PLACE IN THE TOWER IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN ALL THE TUDOR AND STUART DEATHS PUT TOGETHER IN FORMER TIMES

A NAZI WW2 warship named after Lody the first spy to be executed, was built in 1934.The German word for destroyer is Zerstörer and the vessel, shown above, was called the Z10 Carl Lody after the 1914 executed German spy.  I served on several Z-Boats whilst assisting with the training of the then 1974/5 German Navy, other foreign navies and the Royal Navy  at Portland Dorset - see here
Name of Ship Nationality Name of Ship Nationality
Jupiter UK Schleswig Holstein  West German
Sheffield UK Karlsruhe West German
Norfolk UK Lubeck West German
Antrim UK Z5 West German
Kent UK Z3 West German
Wotton UK Z2 West German
Hecate UK
Londonderry UK Name of Ship Nationality
Beagle UK Rotterdam Dutch
Hecla UK Van Speyk Dutch
Andromeda UK Evertsen Dutch
Bacchante UK Van Galen Dutch
Falmouth UK Van Nes Dutch
Plymouth UK
Diomede UK Name of Ship Nationality
Brighton UK Le Gascon French
Exmouth UK
Salisbury UK Name of Ship Nationality
Argonaut UK Larak Iran
Mermaid UK
Llandaff UK Name of Ship Nationality
Leopard UK Madaraka Kenya
Ariadne UK Jamhuri Kenya
Leander UK
Eskimo UK Name of Ship Nationality
Berwick UK Condell Chile
Galatea UK Lynch Chile
Ashanti UK
Nubian UK Name of Ship Nationality
Gurkha UK Independencia Venezuelan
Tartar UK Constitucion Venezuelan
Danea UK Patria Venezuelan
Ajax UK
Dido UK Name of Ship Nationality
Zulu UK Canterbury New Zealand
Mohawk UK
Cleopatra UK

Z10 Hans Lody was a Type 1934 A-class destroyer built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine in the mid-1930s. At the beginning of World War II on 1 September 1939, the ship was initially deployed to blockade the Polish coast, but she was quickly transferred to the North Sea to lay defensive minefields. In late 1939 the ship laid multiple offensive minefields off the English coast that claimed nine merchant ships and she crippled a British destroyer during one of these missions.

Hans Lody was under repair for most of the Norwegian Campaign and was transferred to France in late 1940 where she participated in several engagements with British ships, crippling another destroyer. The ship returned to Germany in late 1940 for a refit and was transferred to Norway in June 1941 as part of the preparations for Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Hans Lody spent some time at the beginning of the campaign conducting anti-shipping patrols in Soviet waters, but these were generally fruitless. She escorted a number of German convoys in the Arctic later in the year before returning to Germany in September for machinery repairs.

The ship returned to Norway in mid-1942, but was badly damaged when she ran aground in July and did not return until April 1943. Hans Lody participated in the German attack (Operation Zitronella) on the Norwegian island of Spitzbergen, well north of the Arctic Circle and then spent the next six months on convoy duties in southern Norway. The ship began a lengthy refit in April 1944 and was not operational for the next year. She spent April 1945 escorting convoys in Danish waters before making one voyage to rescue refugees in East Prussia in May. Hans Lody was assigned to the Royal Navy after the war and used as a training ship and then a barracks ship before being broken up for scrap in 1949.

A WW1 German Spy the first of many executed at the Tower/London Gaols  in 1914

A depiction of an execution squad. Most were shot in an indoor lean-to firing range at the Tower either stood up or tied to a chair; two were shot in the Tower's moat/ditch; one was hanged at Wandsworth Prison.

A very large mass-grave [probably with fifteen executed spies in it] in East London, but only one name on the tomb-stone, that of Hans Lody above, the first executed. This, as you will see, is not the tomb-stone now on the grave!

How the name of an executed WW1 German spy lives on today in the UK?