British Executions

Frederick Jones

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 8 Jan 1872

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


On 10 December 1871, Emily Gardner was walking home with her elder sister Alice from a large house in Cheltenham where Alice was employed. They were accompanied by a young baker, Frederick  Jones, who had been courting Emily for several months. As they reached the street where Alice lived, the sisters parted and Jones promised to see Emily safely home. Less than an hour later, Jones walked into a police station and admitted that he had killed his sweetheart by cutting her throat. Her body was found at the house. Jones claimed he was drunk and had committed the crime through his jealousy of a man who lodged with Emily and her father. He was tried at Gloucester Assizes and found guilty and then sentenced to death by Mr Justice Keating on 22 December 1871. He was hanged by William Calcraft at Gloucester on 8th January 1872 at the age of just twenty years old..