John Byng (29 October 1704 – 14 March 1757) was a British politician and an admiral in the Royal Navy. Byng was court-martialed and executed by firing squad for failing to "do his utmost" against the French Navy during the Battle of Minorca, at the beginning of the Seven Years' War. The French historian Voltaire wrote a treatise which surmised that the purpose of Byng's death was "pour encourager les autres."
↑The year of Byng's death in this timeline is undetermined. The Seven Years' War analog seems to have delayed until 1761, so it may be that Byng lived longer than in OTL. However, it is also possible that Byng's death resulted from an earlier fictional war which we are not told about.