French boy accused of stealing cigarettes in London (1916)

Name William Simon
Age 15
Gender Male
Residence area Wandsworth
Accused of… Stealing 15 cigarettes
Nationality French
Where? British American Tobacco company Ltd
When? 20th June 1916
Where was he judged Children’s court
Number of witnesses One
Sentence Recognisance of 40s. For defendant to come up for judgement if call upon within 6 weeks.

Reference: Chelsea News and General Advertiser, 30 June 1916

A  French boy by the name of William Simon was  caught stealing 15 cigarettes in the offices of the British American Tobacco Company LTD. The French teenager’s only defence was that it was only the second time he stole from the director’s office. His mum also defended him by saying he was an angel.

Post written by Léonie, Juliette and Enora (lycée francais Charles de Gaulle).

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