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Joseph Wall

  • Birth 1737 Greater London, England
  • Death 28 Jan 1802 Greater London, England
  • Burial St Pancras, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 9202246

He was a British Governor who was executed by hanging in 1802. He was as a soldier that served his country. He was hanged for the murder by flogging of one of his soldiers. He had been a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and took part in the storming of Havana when an officer in the Royal Marines. It was during his time as Governor of Coree in West Africa that his brutish rule and treatment in particular of British soldiers would lead to his trial for murder. There had been a 20 year delay between his initial arrest in England, when he gave his guards the slip at Reading and his second arrest and prosecution. He was hanged outside Newgate Prison and the horror was compounded by the public nature of the process before a huge crowd. The hangman was drunk and had not adjusted the rope properly so that he hung slowly for 11 minutes before somebody volunteered to pull on his legs to end his suffering. After hanging an hour his body was cut down, put into a cart, and immediately conveyed to a building in Cowcross Street, to be dissected. His remains were interred in the churchyard of St Pancras.

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  • Originally Created by: Genet
  • Added: 30 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9202246
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wall (1737–28 Jan 1802), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9202246, citing St Pancras Old Church Churchyard, St Pancras, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .