British Executions

John Williams

Age: 38

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 19 Mar 1912

Crime Location: Prices Lane, Birkenhead

Execution Place: Knutsford

Method: hanging

Executioner: John Ellis


John Williams murdered his wife Hilda Mary Josephine Williams 39 whose throat he cut at Price's Lane, Birkenhead on 19 December 1911.

They had been living apart but had met up again on 19 December and later that evening she was found dead in Price's Lane with a slashed throat. He was later arrested in a drunken state and confessed.

In the condemed cell he wrote the following message that was found on a slate after his execution:

John Williams is my name and Wales is my nation.

Llangefni is my dwelling place, and christ is my salvation.

When I am dead and in my grave, and all my bones are rotten.

On this slate you will find my name when i'm quite forgotten.

In the midst of life we are in death.

see Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 19 March 1912

see Wikipedia

see Old Police Cells Museum

see Trove

see National Archives - MEPO 3/226, HO 144/1046/185425, HO 144/1232/229015-26to80, HO 144/1231/229015-1to24