Albert Pierrepoint

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, S

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Skinner

Robert L.

Tuesday, May 20, 1924

Paris, Tennessee

Saturday, February 10, 1945

Bricquebec, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Slovik

Eddie

Wednesday, February 18, 1920

Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday, January 31, 1945

Ste. Marie-Aux-Mines, France

Firing Squad Shot

Smalls

Abraham

Monday, October 31, 1910

Adams, Run South Carolina

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Smith

George E. Jr.

Saturday, April 14, 1917

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged

Smith

John C.

Thursday, September 20, 1917

Bedford County, Virginia

Saturday, March 3, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Smith

Willie

Friday, June 30, 1922

Birmingham, Alabama

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint Hanged

Smith

Charles H.

Wednesday, October 6, 1909

Salem, Missouri

Monday, September 6, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Arthur S. Imell Hanged

Smith

Harold A.

Thursday, January 4, 1923

LaGrange, Georgia

Friday, June 25, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, M

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Mack

William

Wednesday, September 21, 1910

St. George, South Carolina

Thursday, February 15, 1945

Plabennec, Finisterre, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Mariano

Blake W.

Tuesday, April 4, 1916

Mariana Lake, New Mexico

Wednesday, October 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Martinez

Aniceto

Tuesday, May 30, 1922

Vallecitos, New Mexico

Friday, June 15, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Maxey

Curtis L.

Friday, June 16, 1922

Deatsville, Alabama

Saturday, November 18, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

McCarter

William J.

Monday, October 22, 1906

Charlotte, North Carolina

Monday, May 28, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

McGann

Theron W.

Saturday, June 25, 1921

Portland, Oregon

Monday, November 20, 1944

St. Lo, Manche, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged

McGhee

Shelton Sr.

Monday, May 8, 1916

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Friday, May 4, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

N. G. Neiswender Hanged

McMurray

Fred A.

Wednesday, February 25, 1920

Ruston, Louisiana

Monday, July 2, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Three lieutenants Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, J-M

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Jones

Kinney

Sunday, March 15, 1914

Greenville, South Carolina

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

John W. Daschner, William Vassil, Durey G. Ranck Hanged

Jones

Cubia

Monday, May 12, 1919

Thomson, Georgia

Saturday, March 17, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged

Jones

Edwin P.

Monday, February 16, 1920

Henry County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 5, 1944

Oran, Algeria

Arthur S. Imell Hanged

Jordan

Charles H.

Saturday, October 9, 1920

Monticello, Georgia

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Unknown Hanged

Kendrick

James E.

Wednesday, March 22, 1922

Picayune, Mississippi

Saturday, July 17, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Unknown Hanged

Kluxdal

Paul M.

Wednesday, July 17, 1907

Merrill, Wisconsin

Tuesday, October 31, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian/Woods Assistant Hanged

Leatherberry

J.C.

Thursday, January 19, 1922

Hazelhurst, Mississippi

Tuesday, May 16, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Mack

John H.

Wednesday, May 11, 1910

Menlo, Georgia

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

John W. Daschner, William Vassil, Durey Ranck Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, E-H

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Ervin

Charlie Jr.

Tuesday, February 18, 1919

Lexington, Tennessee

Friday, October 19, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Firing Squad Shot

Farrell

Arthur J.

Tuesday, November 20, 1906

Jersey City, New Jersey

Friday, January 19, 1945

St. Sulpice de, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Gordon

Tom E.

Sunday, March 7, 1915

Greenville, South Carolina

Tuesday, July 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Grant

General L.

Wednesday, May 25, 1921

Union Point, Georgia

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Green

George Jr.

Saturday, May 10, 1924

Steven, Arkansas

Tuesday, May 15, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Guerra

Augustine M.

Sunday, May 4, 1924

Cibolo, Texas

Monday, January 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Harris

Wiley Jr.

Wednesday, June 12, 1918

Greenville, Georgia

Friday, May 26, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Alexander Riley Hanged

Harrison

William Jr.

Thursday, July 27, 1922

Ironton, Ohio

Saturday, April 7, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, C-D

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Cobb

David

Monday, November 14, 1921

Dothan, Alabama

Friday, March 12, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Cooper

John David

Sunday, June 11, 1922

Dover, Georgia

Tuesday, January 9, 1945

Lerouville, Meuse, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Crews

Otis B.

Saturday, March 17, 1917

Carnegie, Georgia

Wednesday, February 21, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Davis

William E.

Monday, March 8, 1915

Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, December 27, 1944

Guiclan, Finistere, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Davis

Arthur E.

Friday, August 8, 1919

Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Unknown Hanged

Davis

Lee A.

Monday, January 8, 1923

Temple, Texas

Tuesday, December 14, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Alexander Riley Hanged

Davison

Tommie

Monday, August 10, 1914

West Point, Mississippi

Thursday, March 29, 1945

Prise Guinment, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Donnelly

Robert L.

Sunday, July 27, 1924

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 31, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Downes

William C.

Wednesday, January 27, 1915

Copeland, Virginia

Wednesday, February 28, 1945

Etienville, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, A-C

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Agee

Amos

Wednesday, February 16, 1916

Linden, Alabama

Saturday, March 3, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Anderson

Roy W.

Saturday, September 22, 1917

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Wednesday, October 25, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian/Woods Assistant Hanged

Bailey

Milbert

Sunday, September 6, 1914

Louisiana

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Baldwin

Walter J.

Sunday, October 8, 1922

Shell Mound, Mississippi

Wednesday, January 17, 1945

Beaufay, Sarthe, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Bennerman

Sydney

Thursday, January 31, 1918

Wilmington, North Carolina

Monday, October 15, 1945

Les Milles, France (Delta DTC)

Firing Squad Shot

Brinson

Eliga

Friday, February 21, 1919

Tallahassee, Florida

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint Hanged

Burns

Lee A.

Sunday, November 9, 1913

Homer, Louisiana

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Clark

Ernest Lee

Tuesday, August 10, 1920

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Monday, January 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Clay

Matthew Jr.

Monday, July 26, 1920

Avery Island, Louisiana

Monday, June 4, 1945

Fontenay-sur-Mer, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged
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Albert Pierrepoint

Albert Pierrepoint with his dog

Albert Pierrepoint was a British civilian executioner.  Albert served as the assistant executioner for his uncle, Thomas Pierrepoint, in seven executions of American soldiers in Britain during World War II.  The Pierrepoints were a Yorkshire family who provided three of Britain’s Chief Executioners (sometimes called “scaffolders”) in the first half of the 20th century.  Henry Pierrepoint (March 1878 – December 14, 1922) took up the craft first, hanging 105 men from 1901 to 1910.  According to reputable sources, Henry could execute a man in the time it took the prison clock to strike eight – leading him from his cell to the adjacent death chamber on the first stroke, and having him suspended, dead on the rope, by the eighth and final stroke.  Henry persuaded his older brother Thomas W. to take up the calling.

Born in 1870, Thomas Pierrepoint served as a hangman from 1909 to 1946; he is credited with having carried out 294 hangings.  Thomas W. Pierrepoint served as the chief executioner of 17 American soldiers – 16 in Great Britain and one in France.  Thomas W. Pierrepoint died on February 10, 1954 in Bradford, England.  Later, Albert Pierrepoint recalled that his uncle Thomas on one occasion counseled him on how to conduct an execution stating, “If you can’t do it without whisky, don’t do it at all.”

Albert Pierrepoint, born March 30, 1905 at Clayton, a district of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Henry’s son and Thomas’s nephew, outdid his father and uncle combined, and executed 434 people (including 16 women) between 1932 and 1956.  Young Albert was nine when he first conceived the ambition to become an executioner.  “Hanging must run in the blood,” he once explained.  “It requires a natural flair.  The judgment and timing of a first-rate hangman cannot be acquired.”  His record was 17 hangings in one day.  Albert hanged common criminals, 15 German spies, American soldiers and Nazi war criminals.  Pierrepoint hanged Irma Grese, a female concentration camp guard, Josef Kramer, a concentration camp commandant and Lord Haw-Haw, a British traitor who broadcast for Germany in World War II.

In 1954, Pierrepoint himself was “sentenced to death” by the Irish Republican Army for his execution of a terrorist in Dublin in 1944.  Normally, Pierrepoint traveled to Ireland incognito to and from executions.

Albert Pierrepoint resigned over a disagreement about fees in 1956, when he was not paid the full fee of 15£ for an execution.  He then was appointed a British Boxing Board of Control inspector.  In 1974 he published his autobiography, Executioner: Pierrepoint.

Albert Pierrepoint's Pub -- "Help the Poor Struggler"

Albert Pierrepoint and his wife Annie retired to the seaside town of Southport.  In his memoirs, on the final page, Albert Pierrepoint concluded, “The trouble with the death sentence has always been that nobody wanted it for everybody, but everybody differed about who should get off.”  Pierrepoint was also the proprietor for two pubs, “Help the Poor Struggler” and the “Rose and Crown.”  Albert Pierrepoint died on July 10, 1992 in a nursing home in Southport.

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Albert Pierrepoint’s Execution Logbook

Albert Pierrepoint’s Execution Logbook

Albert Pierrepoint served as the assistant executioner for his uncle, Thomas Pierrepoint, in seven executions of American soldiers.  The Pierrepoints were a Yorkshire family who provided three of Britain’s Chief Executioners (sometimes called “scaffolders”) in the first half of the 20th century.  Henry Pierrepoint took up the craft first, hanging 105 men from 1901 to 1910.  According to reputable sources, Henry could execute a man in the time it took the prison clock to strike eight – leading him from his cell to the adjacent death chamber on the first stroke, and having him suspended, dead on the rope, by the eighth and final stroke.  Henry persuaded his older brother Thomas W. to take up the calling.  Albert Pierrepoint, born March 30, 1905, Henry’s son and Thomas’s nephew, outdid his father and uncle combined, and executed 434 people (including 16 women) between 1932 and 1956.  Albert resigned over a disagreement about fees in 1956, when he was not paid the full sum of 15£ for an execution.  He was also the proprietor for two pubs, “Help the Poor Struggler” and the “Rose and Crown.”  Albert Pierrepoint died on July 10, 1992 in a nursing home in Southport, Lancashire. Adrian Roose, Director of Paul Fraser Collectables, Bristol, England, graciously provided this photograph; the logbook was on sale at the time from the firm, but Mrs. MacLean balked at the price.

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SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Pauly, Stutthof & Neuengamme

Max Pauly

Kommandant at Stutthof (1941-1942) and Neuengamme (1942-1945.)  Some 65,000 to 85,000 persons perished at Stutthof during the war, while 40,000 to 56,000 died at Neuengamme.  Max Pauly was hanged on October 8, 1948 at Hameln, Germany, probably by the British hangman Albert Pierrepoint.

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