Expensive Cherries

East Kent Gazette – Saturday 19 July 1947

Expensive Cherries. — At Chatham on Monday, Albert Victor Moore (27), of 11, Pudding Road, Rainham, Peter Davies (26), of 335, High Street, Rainham, and George Albert Cook (26), 57 Brown Street, Rainham, all pleaded guilty to having stolen seven pounds of cherries, value 10s. 6d., the property of Messrs. Wakeley Bros. Special-constable A. E. Ford (Rainham) said that, in consequence of complaints from Messrs. Wakeley he was keeping observation with Mr. Panthony on their orchards, at the special request of Mr. Cox. At 11 p.m. he saw the three defendants and found the cherries freshly picked in a bucket and a chip. Asked what they had to say one of the defendants said “it just happened,” adding that the bucket came from a “pub.” and that the chip basket was picked up in the orchard. The Chairman said the Bench took a very serious view of the matter; farmers had had “a rough time” latterly, and it was not the value of the cherries that mattered so much as the amount of damage that was done. Defendants had evidently set out that night to make a “haul” and if they had not been stopped it was impossible to say to what extent they would have helped themselves. They would each be fined £5 and were lucky to get away with a fine.

George Albert Cook is my 3rd cousin 1x removed, born in Milton on 7 Oct 1921. The son of Frank Cook and Doris Maud West, who were married at Rainham on 15 Feb 1920. He was one of four sons. I haven’t verified it, but Albert Victor Moore could be George’s first cousin. The sister of Doris, Ida Jane West, married Albert Victor Moore at Rainham on 15 Jun 1913, and this may be their son. If that is correct, then he also was my 3rd cousin 1x removed.

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  1. Hi you certainly dig up some interesting stuff. I struggle to get the basics! How do you get your info from the newspapers? Are you just using Ancestry?

    Our censuses are not complete either so it’s hard to find family without christian names! The most difficult is finding all children born to the same parents and some who emigrated.

    Any tips greatly appreciated!


    Diane 😊

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    1. The best way I find to fill in all the christian names is the official GRO index. It gives full names right up to 1934 for births. Other than that I use the newspaper archives – there is a seperate site https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk or you can add it on to Findmypast. Ancestry also has a newspaper add on or seperately at https://www.newspapers.com. For Kent the britishnewspaperarchive is best. And having full christian names helps with the searches as they were often used in the articles. (PS – aren’t the cherrie thieves your 1st cousins 1x removed?)


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