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The Times (London).
2 December 1913


Hr. Henry Hamilton Lawless, Recorder of Great Yarmouth, died on Sunday at Plowden buildings, Temple, at the age of 58.

Mr. Lawless was the fourth son of Mr. John Lawless, a well known Dublin solicitor who defended the Fenian prisoners in the early seventies. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and joined the Irish Bar in 1880. Three years later he was called to the English Bar by the Middle Temple. He joined the South Eastern Circuit, and was also a member of the Central Criminal Court and the North London and Middlesex Sessions. He defended Sadler, the sailor, who was tried for the Jack the Ripper murders and acquitted. Mr. Lawless was a strong Liberal and Home Ruler, and in 1895 unsuccessfully contested West Bristol in the Liberal interest against Sir Michael Hicks Beach, now Lord St. Alwyn. He was appointed recorder of Great Yarmouth in 1909.

Mr. Lawless was the most genial and kindly of men, with a constant fund of Irish anecdotes, which he delighted to tell in his own inimitable manner and in his own rich Dublin brogue. He will be much missed at the Arts Club, where he and his Irish wit were much appreciated, and in amateur musical circles. He was always ready to lead or to take a part in a classical quartet. He was one of the founders of the Oxford and Cambridge Musical Club, and was seldom absent from the programme at the Club's weekly concerts. His death, which was due to pneumonia supervening to an influenza cold, has come as a shock to his many friends, most of whom were unaware of his illness, which lasted only a week.

The funeral will take place in the Roman catholic portion of the Kensal Green cemetery, at noon today, the cortege leaving the Temple at 10.30 a.m.