British Executions

George Henry Parker

Age: 23

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 19 Mar 1901

Crime Location: Wimbledon Station

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


George Henry Parker was convicted of the murder of William Pearson 43 and sentenced to death.

George Parker had got on a Southampton to London train at Eastleigh around midday on 17 January 1901. At the time there was already another woman in the compartment and then at Winchester William Pearson got on.

As the train left Wimbledon George Parker shot William Pearson dead and then went through his pockets. He then saw that the woman was looking at him and told her to be quiet or she would get the same but then immediately shot her in the head hitting her in the check. However, she survived.

When the train got to Vauxhall Station William Pearson jumped out but the woman shouted out for people to stop him and he was chased by some porters and passengers and captured near the gasworks.

note - The photo is Vauxhall Railway Station, London, from 1908.

see BTP