British Executions

Bernard White

Age: 21

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 1 Dec 1903

Crime Location: Warley Gap, Brentwood

Execution Place: Chelmsford

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


Bernard White was convicted of the murder of Maud Garrett 20 and sentenced to death.

He beat her to death on 22 May 1903 at Warley Gap in Brentwood. He was a private in the 2nd Essex Regiment.

He was said to have lured her to the spot where he killed her and then beaten her around the head. She had six wounds on her left cheek that were probably caused by a cane and blood was later found on Bernard White's cane. Her jaw was also broken, she had teeth knocked out and her left eye socket was fractured. Blood was also later found on Bernard White's trousers, boots and socks.

For his defence Bernard White said that he was in his tent at camp at the time when screams from the area were heard.

see National Archives - HO 144/714/109569

see Dundee Courier - Saturday 14 November 1903

see Essex Newsman - Saturday 03 October 1903

see The Scotsman - Saturday 14 November 1903