British Executions

William James Robinson

Age: 26

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 17 Apr 1917

Crime Location: Sussex Stores public house, Upper St Martins Lane, London

Execution Place: Pentonville

Method: hanging

Executioner: John Ellis


William James Robinson and John Henry Gray were convicted of killing Alfred Williams 35, a Private in the Canadian Army.

William Robinson was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

John Gray was convicted of manslaughter but his conviction was later quashed on the grounds that if it had been proved that he and William Robinson had acted in concert then they would have both been guilty of murder, and that if he had only 'comforted or assisted' after the crime then he was an accessory after the fact.

Alfred Williams was stabbed to death at the Sussex Stores public house, Upper St Martins Lane, London on 26 November 1916.

William Robinson confessed to the crime later while in Pentonville awaiting execution.

see National Archives - ASSI 13/47, CRIM 1/165/2

see Manchester Evening News - Monday 02 April 1917

see Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Wednesday 07 March 1917

see A Second Companion To Murder by E Spencer Shew 1962