British Executions

Thomas Henry Allaway

Age: 36

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 19 Aug 1922

Crime Location: Boscombe, Bournemouth

Execution Place: Winchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: John Ellis


Thomas Allaway murdered Irene May Wilkins 31 who he battered to death at Boscombe, Bournemouth on 21 December 1921.

Irene Wilkins was a cook and had put an advert in the paper looking for a job. Thomas Allaway sent her a telegram requesting that she come to Bournemouth where she met Thomas Allaway who took her to field on the outskirts of Bournemouth and beat her to death with ablunt instrument.

Police traced tyre tracks to his car and later determined that the telegram, as well as several others he had sent to other people had been written in his hand writing.

He denied the murder in court although he confessed shortly before his execution.

see National Archives - HO 144/3660