British Executions

John Smith

Age: 32

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 4 Sep 1941

Crime Location: Market Street, Whitworth, Rochdale

Execution Place: Manchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: Thomas Pierrepoint


John Smith murdered his ex-girlfriend Margaret Ellen Knight 28 who he shot at Market Street, Whitworth, near Rochdale on 18 May 1941.

When arrested he said 'I didnt mean to kill her'.

see Gloucestershire Echo - Tuesday 03 June 1941

see National Archives - ASSI 52/522, DPP 2/851