On This Day 1917: Two youths from Shoreham Camp steal tricycle from shed of a Worthing resident

Two members of an underage Battalion of Canadian Regiment at Shoreham, Theodore Descanucle of Rumanian extraction, and Emillien Grigon, a French Canadian, were charged with stealing Worthing local, Florence Briant’s, tricycle that was valued at £4.

Constable Pateman of Lancing stated he saw the accused with the tricycle on Tuesday night outside the Sussex Pad Inn. Pateman said he questioned the two boys who began conferring with one another in a foreign language for answers before responding that their mate had lent them the tricycle so they could ride to the next town “to see our girls”. Not satisfied with the answers, Pateman said he would arrest them. The boys ended up admitting they stole the bike and were taken to Shoreham Police Station where they further admitted that they were riding it to London!


Tricycle. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery


Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_28.3.1917

 (Worthing Gazette, 28/3/17)
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