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Case 6458

Case number: 6458
Application year: 1898




Year of birth: 1886
Home: Bede Home For Boys, Wakefield


F. was illegitimate. His mother had left her husband in 1884 and F. was born in 1886. His mother died on 7 December 1892 from cancer and it was never discovered who his father was. After his mother's death F. lived with his grandfather who was receiving Parish relief. The boy was an errand boy to a bookseller in Halifax, but in February 1898 he stole four guineas which he had been given to take to the Bank. From that date onwards he had been in the Workhouse. F. was accepted by the Waifs and Strays' Society and admitted to the Bede Home, Wakefield on 19 May 1898. On 16 September 1898 he was baptised in Wakefield Cathedral and given an additional Christian name. On 16 November 1900 F. was transferred to the Gordon Boys Home, Woking to be trained for the army.

Keywords: Abandonment; Behaviour; Child labour; Grandparents; Health; Illegitimacy; Workhouses

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 3 May 1898
2. Notice of Baptism 16 September 1898
3. Notice of Discharge 17 November 1900

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