British Executions

Percy George Barrett

Age: 20

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 8 Jan 1919

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Leeds

Method: hanging

Executioner: Thomas Pierrepoint


George Walter Cardwell and Percy George Barrett murdered Rhoda Walker 62 who they battered to death at Town End, Pontefract on 16 August 1918.

Rhoda Walker was found seriously injured in a house adjoing her shop and later died.

She was a jeweller and it was thought that she had been attacked in her shop by a robber. She was found by a lady that had been lodging with her. when the lodger returned she found Rhoda Walker unconscious and the shop ransacked.

She was taken to Pontefract Infirmary where she later died. she was unable to give an account of her assailant before she died.

Rhoda Walker had been in sole charge of the shop at the time of the attack.

After her death her dog called Toby, had to be destroyed owing to the fact that since Rhoda Walker's death he had continued to whine piteously.

see The Scotsman - Tuesday 20 August 1918

see Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 19 August 1918

see Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 21 August 1918