Imprisoned for Comrade’s Theft

September 1947

Please Note; The Names of the Convicted Thief and Family have been changed

South Yorkshire Times September 13, 1947


Charged with stealing cigarettes and cash to the total value of £19.10s from Denaby Comrades Club, where his father is steward, James A. Brown (18), Prior Road, Conisbrough, was sent to prison for six months at Doncaster West Riding Court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty.

Mrs Frances Kerwood, a cleaner at the club said Brown went to her on August 28 and asked for the keys of the club, which he said were for his father. He returned later with a bar.

Clement Hewitt, Rossington Street, Denaby, said Brown went to him while he was on his allotment and asked him for a bar. Brown stated that his father had asked him to get into the club because his father had left the keys on the inside. Hewitt stated that he went to the club with Brown, and Brown got in through a window.

James Brown the accused’s father said he never asked his son to get into the club on that day, as far as he knew his son had left Denaby to return to his unit.