Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Illiterate Musician Falls Foul of Aliens Order

Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard c.1909 [Z1306/72]

Wednesday 6th October 1915: A travelling musician has been remanded in custody at a special police court held in Leighton Buzzard. The court heard that Frederick Roberts had failed to provide information to a lodging house keeper as required by the Aliens Restriction Amendment Order, 1915. On Friday 1st October Roberts came to lodge at the house kept by Mrs. Mary Ellis at 45 Lake Street. On the following Monday she gave him a form to complete but he said he could not do so because his hand was shaky. Later in the day she asked him again to fill in the form but he did not do so. He gave her no reason for failing to complete the form. When asked if Roberts had told her he couldn’t write, she said he had not. He had, however, behaved himself well while he was at her house.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 12 October 1915

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