The Execution of Lorraine Lax - Armley January 192

The Appeal

The Appeal was heard on the 21st December 1925, less than three weeks after the death sentence had been handed down by Mr. Justice Frazer. The Sheffield Independent dated 21st December 1925 brought the their readers up to date with what had happened since the trial.

The outcome of the Appeal was reported in the following days edition of The Manchester Guardian

After this firm rebuttal of his appeal by the Court, Lorraine's only hope of was that he would be reprieved by the Home Secretary who since 1837 had been able to exercise the "Royal Prerogative of Mercy", i.e. reprieving people who had been sentenced to death by the Courts. The Home Secretary at the time Sir William Joynson-Hicks Bt decided that  in Lorraine's case he would not exercise the Royal Perogative, and so effectively sealed his fate.

And so despite the juries "very strong recommendation for mercy", the judges views on provocation, the "many" petitioners to the Home Office, Lorraine was to be hung for murder. And that is what happened - on 7th January 1926, Lorraine was executed in Armley Goal in Leeds, one of only sixteen that took place that year and the only one to have been conducted at Armley in Leeds.

A Family Tragedy 


The Manchester Guardian dated 22nd Decmeber 1925

The Sheffield Independent dated 21st December 1925

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