British Executions

Michael Campbell

Age: 28

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 24 Apr 1871

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Chelmsford

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Calcraft


Murder of Mr.GALLOWAY at Stratford. Springford gaol, Essex

Campbell was a Berwick born tailor and former soldier.  He was convicted of the murder of Samuel Galloway. a retired dock worker who was forty nine. Campbell and three accomplices were disturbed by Galloway as they tried to break into his home on Cannon Street. Stratford, on 8th  February. Galloway spotted one of the men climb over a fence and gave chase, but the three men and one woman waited for him to approach. caught him. and while two held his arms. a third struck him on the head with a blunt instrument. Mrs Galloway witnessed the assault and was able to identify Campbell as the assailant; when Galloway died ten days later Campbell was charged with murder. He admitted his guilt but denied any intent. Twenty eight year old Campbell was hanged by William Calcraft on the 24th April 1871 in Chelmsford.