British Executions

Richard Coates

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 29 Mar 1875

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Chelmsford

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Marwood


A soldier sentenced to death at Essex Assizes on 8th March for the murder at Purfleet of a young girl, Alice Boughen, whom he beat to death after attempting to violate her. He killed the child in a school closet then carried her body down to a riverbank, intending to throw it into the water. He was unable to lift it over a railing near the river and returned to the school. He was seen carrying the body back and was arrested. He confessed his guilt in the condemned cell and blamed it on drink. On the 29th of March 1875 he paid the ultimate price when he was hanged by William Marwood in Chelmsford.