British Executions

William Gower

Age: 18

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 2 Jan 1889

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Maidstone

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


Charles Joseph Dobell and William Gower were convicted of the murder of Bensley Cyrus Lawrence and sentenced to death.

They shot him.

The murder was blamed on the influence of penny-dreadfuls that were said to have fired their imaginations.

see National Archives - HO 144/216/A49141B