British Executions

Wilfred Kenny

Age: 27

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 5 Apr 1898

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Wilfred Kenny was a twenty seven year old  German immigrant also known as Kruetze. After leaving his native country, he settled in England and enlisted in the 3rd Hussars under the name of Williams. In 1894, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for stealing valuable bonds from a Liverpool hotel. On his release, he joined the Hampshire Regiment but soon deserted and enlisted in the Dublin Fusiliers. Later that year, he transferred to the 8th Hussars and it was while serving in this regiment that he committed the crime that took him to the gallows. One evening at the company's Cahir barracks, Kenny shot dead a Private Goodwin in an underground kitchen. He then dragged the body outside to an exercise ground where it was discovered the next day. Kenny showed no emotion while he was led the two hundred yards across a courtyard and up a flight of stairs to the scaffold. He was hanged by Scott on the 5th April 1898.