British Executions

James Canning

Age: 32

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 18 Jun 1895

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Thirty two year old James Canning was a Jersey born army pensioner sentenced to death by Baron Pollock on 27th May at the Old Bailey, for the murder of his sweetheart Jane Youell. James Canning worked as a male nurse and lodged with Youell's parents at Bermondsey. They had a jealous quarrel one night around Easter and he cut her throat. He was hanged by James Billington and Thomas Scott in Wandsworth on the 18th June 1895.