Edith Thompson – (1893-1923)

Edith Thompson was a housewife and milliner. She was executed on 9 January 1923 because her lover, Frederick Bywaters, murdered her husband Percy. She has an entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Their trial took place between 6-11 December 1922. Both were found guilty, the Crown “proving” her complicity through her surviving love letters to Frederick Bywaters. Innocent of murder, Mrs. Thompson was hanged for adultery.

Edith and Percy Thompson are pictured in the image to the left, dated September 1922

You can read more about her trial here.
Both were hanged at the same time on the morning of 9 January 1923, she at Holloway and then at Pentonville. Her permanent memorial in plot 117 was placed there in October 1993 by a number of interested parties.

Originally buried in the burial ground at Holloway Prison, her remains were removed to Brookwood (along with three other women executed at Holloway between 1903 and 1954) in 1971. The removal was necessary due to the complete rebuilding of the prison. Edith Thompson’s remains were exhumed from Brookwood Cemetery on 20th November 2018 and taken to the City of London Cemetery where she was reburied in a family grave.

The following links give further information about Edith Thompson:

Wikipedia entry for Edith Thompson
Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson by Rene Weis
Brookwood Cemetery Society’s page on Mrs Thompson
“Another Life” – a film about Mrs Thompson’s life, and a video clip from the film