Soldiers Wife’s Goods

March 1917

Mexborough and Swinton Times March 3, 1917

Soldiers Wife’s Goods

On Tuesday, at the Doncaster Police Court, a soldier’s wife, Margaret Cambell, was summoned by James E. Cliff for fraudulently removing a goal goods to avoid restraint.

Mr Clay said the woman lived at 12 Marsh St, the proud owner of the property being Mr Appleyard. He (Mr Clay) and obtained the leave of the court to restrain upon her for rent to the amount of 31 12s 6d, and when the summons was served she removed her goods to her mother’s.

He had given her plenty of time to pay, but some soldiers wives seem to think, he said, they could go into a house when they like and leave when they like. He had had any amount of trouble, and had had to bring a case as a warning.

The defendant said Mrs Appleyard told her she had let the house, and if you want to go she could do so. She thereupon removed her goods. She received 25 shillings a week from the Government, 5 shillings a fortnight for the Colliery Company, and she also worked. Last week she earned 12s 6d for four days. The reason she had not been able to pay was because she had lost one of her children, and the rent money had to be used for the funeral. She was willing to pay if they would allow her time.

She was ordered to pay at the rate of 5 shillings a week.