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‘Incorrigible rogue’ who lived next door to his wife in Grantham street was presumed dead

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Then & Now, with Ruth Crook, of Grantham Civic Society

Greenwood’s Row was situated off Welby Street and curved round towards Guildhall Street.

There were 15 houses on the Row, six with two rooms, four with four rooms, four with five rooms and one with six rooms.

Greenwoods Rows, Grantham (48898455)
Greenwoods Rows, Grantham (48898455)

The 1911 census showed that most of the families living there had lost children in infancy, one family insisting on including them on the census. Some of the men were labourers at the ironworks, some at the sawmills, a leather dresser, a hatter, a grave digger and a chimney sweep.

At number 13 lived a lady aged 31 and unemployed, with four children in two rooms and, although she was classed as married, her husband was not present.

Number 12 was empty, but at the bottom was written, occupied by a man who was named ‘from the police report’. He was the husband of the lady at number 13.

Greenwoods Row, Grantham (48898440)
Greenwoods Row, Grantham (48898440)

From the police report in 1909, the man was committed to Lincoln gaol as ‘a vagabond and incorrigible rogue’.

At the Grantham quarter sessions, he could not travel from Lincoln gaol where he was being held, as the medical officer considered him to be too unwell, as he had been ill for two weeks. The hearing was adjourned for another two weeks.

He joined the 1st Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment in 1914 and disembarked from the boat on October 26. He disappeared on November 11 and it was written on his file that he was ‘regarded as dead’.

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