British Executions

Francis Bradford


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 13 Aug 1872

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Maidstone

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


On 31 May, Daniel Donahoe reported Bradford to his superiors for causing a disturbance, and as a result Bradford was reprimanded. Later that night as Donahoe slept in the barrack room, Bradford crept in and butchered his colleague with a bayonet. He was detained at once and claimed he was glad Donahoe was dead as he wouldn't be able to cause grief for anybody else. He was hanged by William Calcraft and Smith. Bradford died hard and struggled for over ten minutes at the end of the rope. The sentence was carried out on the 13th August 1872 in Maidstone.  Bradford was just nineteen when he died.