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Monday, November 07, 2005

Family Historian Stuck With the Bill

From EDP24 (of Norfolk, U.K.):

Family debt paid back after 125 years

IAN CLARKE

07 November 2005 06:15

It was a 125-year-old family debt that Rita Mellor just knew she had to repay to Wells Lifeboat.

While researching her family history, Mrs Mellor, from Derbyshire, was shocked to discover that her great uncle John Hendry had gone to prison for stealing just over two shillings from an RNLI charity box.

The money was being collected at King's Lynn Station for widows and orphans of the 11 men who died in the 1880 Eliza Adams lifeboat disaster off Wells.

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She went to meet Wells coxswain Allen Frary to look round the station and has given a donation to the RNLI to pay back what great-uncle John had stolen.

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