Coachman with a gun

Francis John Mount was the husband of my 5th cousin 2x removed Queenie May Hogben. They had been married at St Martins in Herne, Kent on 7 Sep 1935.

Francis John Mount
Francis showed up twice in the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald.

Once on 2 Jan 1937 as follows:

Two Men, a Car and a Gun

When Francis John Mount, Arkley Road, Herne Bay, was summoned at St. Augustine’s Petty Sessions, Herne Bay, on Wednesday, for trespassing in pursuit of game, Mr. Frank E. Spanton, Chislet Court, Chislet, said that on October 9th he saw defendant, who was accompanied by another man in a car, going across a field with a gun in his hand. the man in the car gave a false name, but witness took the number, and the police traced the men.

Defendant admitted that his intention was to shoot a hare in the field. He had never handled a gun before.

Mr. Spanton said there was a tremendous lot of this sort of thing going on, and so he had brought the case before the Bench.

A fine of £1 was imposed.

The second time was on 06 Nov 1948:

Herne Bay Coach Driver

SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE IN SPEEDING CASE.

At the North Aylesford Petty Sessions, at Chatham, on Wednesday, Francis John Mount (37), a coach driver, of 7. Arkley Road, Herne Bay, pleaded not guilty to having, at Shorne, on September 13th, driven a public service vehicle at a speed exceeding 30 m.p.h.

P.C. Solly. K.C.C. (Rochester) deposed to being on mobile patrol, on Waffling Street, at 3.55 p.m. and following a motor coach, containing 15 passengers and driven by defendant, for half-a-mile, from Halfpence Lane, Cobham, towards London, its speed ranging from 42 to 45 m.p.h. Stopped and informed that he would be reported, defendant replied: “This is my first year of coaching with the East Kent; I have got a clean licence since 1937.”

Giving evidence on oath, defendant said that he saw the Police car., through his driving mirror, 400 yards behind. He was only doing from 29 to 30 miles per hour. There was another coach in front of him, which had overtaken him near “The Three Crutches,” and he maintained that the police officer had mistaken his coach for this other one.

The Chairman (Alderman G. F. Gwen) said that although the magistrates were concerned about the speed of some coach drivers, they felt that there was an element of doubt about this case, and it would be dismissed.

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