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Case 9874

Case number: 9874
Application year: 1903




Year of birth: 1890
Home: Bersted Home For Boys, Bognor


E's father died in October 1890 from "stoppage of water". His mother subsequently received outdoor [ie outside the Workhouse] relief from the Poor Law authorities in the form of money and bread: then in October 1901 she asked the Poor Law Guardians to take her 2 sons into the Workhouse as she suffered from debility. Once he was in the care of the Poor Law authorities E. was troublesome and was charged with theft and fined. This led the Guardians to conclude that he would benefit from leaving Bristol and starting afresh elsewhere. His mother wished him to be near her but it was felt that she could not properly control him. In September 1903 E. was admitted to the Bersted Home, Bognor, Sussex. In January 1905 he was removed from the Home by the Bristol Guardians as his mother wished to have him back at home. He was now of an age to start work and his mother was able to find him a good situation.

Keywords: Crime; Health; Workhouses; Law

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 25 May 1903
2. Letter from the Bristol Poor Law Guardians 5 December 1904

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