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Case 4202

Case number: 4202
Application year: 1894




Year of birth: 1883
Home: St Cuthbert's Home For Girls, Darlington


R's mother, "a very respectable woman", died in March 1892 of "gastric cancer". Since her death the conditions in which the family lived had worsened. R's father drank and was generally neglectful of his many children, seven of whom lived with him in one room. R's eldest sister had been in the Infirmary for 6 weeks and she had the responsibility of looking after the youngest children. The police were on the "look out" for her 16 year old brother. R., "a bright and intelligent child" was accepted by the Society as a deserving case and was received into St Cuthbert's Home for Girls, Darlington in April 1894. In October 1898 she went into service in Kentish Town, London.

Keywords: Alcohol abuse; Health; Neglect; Poverty

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 16 March 1894
2. Letter from Miss W. 9 March 1894
3. Notice of discharge 31 October 1898

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