Van Man

photographer unknown, no date, courtesy Graham Featherstone

The newspaper report I transcribed in PC Plod (Looking at Filey 27 July 2012) began:-

On Wednesday at the Borough Police Court, Benjamin Storry, Filey Laundry, Filey, was summoned for not having proper control over a horse and van, he being at a distance from the horse, in Newborough, on July 27th.

So this photo could with some confidence be dated circa 1909, and the van and horse identified as victims with Ben of the egregious PC Lyons.

In 1911 the census enumerator gave Ben’s occupation as general labourer. Graham, who has kindly allowed me to copy and share the photograph, tells me his great grandfather was very unhappy to have been falsely accused and the experience was a factor in him deciding to give up the Laundry job – and volunteer to fight for King and Country on the Western Front.

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