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Case 224

Case number: 224
Application year: 1883




Year of birth: 1876
Home: Clapton Home For Boys; Standon Farm Home For Boys


This case is interesting mainly because it is one of the few relating to a child from an ethnic minority background. G's maternal grandfather was from the Caribbean. G's father was gunner in the Royal Artillery who suffered from ill health and died in 1878. G's mother worked as an Ayah [a nursemaid]. There were six children in the family. Their mother was in a refuge at the time the application was made. G. went into the Clapton Home in November 1883. He was boarded out in Bury St Edmunds in January 1885, and went to the Standon Farm Home in September 1888. In March 1889 G. returned to live with his mother as she was in better circumstances.

Keywords: Employment; Ethnic minorities; Foster care; Health; Poverty

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 16 April 1883
2. Letter from G's mother c. 4 March 1889
3. Letter from Standon Home 5 March 1889

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