British Executions

Charles Richard Thomas Watkins

Age: 54

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 30 Jul 1901

Crime Location: 138 Old Road West, Gravesend

Execution Place: Maidstone

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Charles Richard Thomas Watkins was convicted of the murder of his Brother-in-Law Frederick William Acland Hamilton 46.

He shot him during an argument at William Hamilton's home at 138 Old Road West, Gravesend on Friday 5 April 1901.

Charles Thomas had married Frederick Hamilton's sister in January 1900 but they separated after only 5 weeks and his wife went back to live with her brother Frederick Hamilton.

A deed of separation was later drawn up but Charles Thomas later fell behind with the payments and received a summons to appear at court. After the hearing on 1 April 1901 Charles Thomas and Frederick Hamilton had an argument during which threats were made.

The next day Charles Thomas bought a revolver and 50 rounds and on 5 April he went to 138 Old Road West and Frederick Hamilton opened the window and started arguing with Charles Thomas who then shot him 3 times.

After the shooting Charles Thomas went across the road to sit down and have a cigarette while he waited for the police to arrive.