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Case 4179

Case number: 4179
Application year: 1894




Year of birth: 1884
Home: Home Of The Good Shepherd For Boys, Hanley Castle; Byfleet Receiving Home


W. was one of four children of a widow living in very poor circumstances. One of his sisters was in the Society's Belbroughton Home. It was felt that his mother might go out to service if she could get a placement for W. and make arrangements for the other children to be cared for. The application for W. was initially rejected by the Society as his sister was already in their care, but his case was reconsidered and on 8 March 1894 he was accepted into the Home of the Good Shepherd, Hanley Castle, Worcestershire. In 1895 he was boarded out in Tewkesbury and in February 1897 he was admitted to the Byfleet Receiving Home, Surrey. On the 15 February 1897 he was returned to the care of his mother who was upset at his being far from home in Stourport.

Keywords: Poverty

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 2 January 1894
2. Letter from Revd M. 10 February 1897

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