Date Of Execution: 6 Dec 1893
December 6th: George MASON (19)
Aka George Beckworth. Mason was a former costermonger who had enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment, stationed at Portsdown Hill. On 26 June. he was confined to barracks after being reported by Sergeant James Robinson. The next day while taking part in rifle practise. Mason pointed the gun at Robinson and shouted: 'Now I am level with you,' and shot him in the chest. His defence at Winchester Assizes was based on hereditary insanity but he was convicted of murder and hanged by James Billington.