Bertie the baker

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th September 1914


At Waltham Abbey Petty Sessions, Bertie Smith, until recently in the employ of Mr George, a baker of Waltham Abbey, was charged on remand with embezzling several small sums of money, the property of his employer.

The police were unable to trace his father.  The Chairman told Smith, who was only 16 years of age, that he would be sent to the Working Lads’ Home at Whitechapel for the present, and would be placed on probation for 3 years under Mr Turner.  When an improvement in his character had been shown, he would be helped to secure a position, and the Bench hoped that long before the expiration of the term of probation, Smith would have become a useful member of society.

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