|John Wormald age 11|
Reform School 1892
The records are available using these links:
- West Yorkshire England Reformatory School Records 1856-1914
- West Yorkshire, England, Prison Records, 1801-1914
- West Yorkshire, England, Police Records, 1833-1914
- West Yorkshire, England, Militia, 1779-1826
The records indicate that John was hanging with a bad crowd and so in desperation his parents sent him to live with an uncle. John then stole a substantial sum of money from his uncle's coat pocket and ran off with one of his friends. It was then he was arrested and sent to Reform School for 5 years.
What I also found fascinating was that the Reform School records also had followups of the children after they were discharged. I noted that several of the boys went into the Army after discharge and appeared to have changed their lives. Young John Wormald went into the Army and there are notes for several years about his life after discharge. It seems that England was at that time trending towards actual reform and not punishment of young offenders.
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