British Executions

Ernest Walter Wickham

Age: 30

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 13 Aug 1901

Crime Location: Dalberg Road, Brixton, London

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Ernest Walter Wickham was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Amy Eugenie Russell 35.

He cut her throat on 27 June 1901 after she refused to marry him until he got a job.

They had earlier been seen arguing in the Raglan Beerhouse on Cornwall Road around midnight and after had gone back to Dalberg Road where a neighbour heard a scream. When he looked out of the window he saw Amy Russell appear from Jelf Road and then saw a man cut her throat and run off.

Ernest Wickham had run off to a coffee stall on the corner of Acre Lane where he was seen by the owner who noticed that he was covered in blood and having difficulty in lighting his cigarette because of all the blood on his hands. The owner of the coffee stall asked him about the blood and Ernest Wickham told him that he had been in a fight.

When the police arrived at Dalberg Road Amy Russell was dead. They then followed a blood trail to the coffee stall where they talked to the owner who knew Ernest  Wickham and then went to his home where they found him in bed still with blood all over his hands.

see Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 7.0, 26 June 2014), July 1901, trial of ERNEST WALTER WICKHAM (29) (t19010722-579).

see National Archives - CRIM 1/67/7, HO 144/571/A62778