I’m constantly amazed at how many people are descended from my 4th great uncle James Casbon (about 1813–1884). He was the brother of my 3d great grandfather Thomas (1808–1888). James had multiple wives – I haven’t been able to identify all of them – who bore him many children. Although he only brought two children with him when he emigrated to the United States, by my estimates, he has just about as many descendants in the US as in the UK (thanks to son Amos!). Not only was James a poor hardworking man, he must have also been a passionate man.
One of those descendants was Walter Leslie Casbon (1913–1991), the subject of today’s post. Walter appears in this May 11, 1940 Buckingham Advertiser.
Walter Leslie Casbon was the great grandson of James Casbon, mentioned above. His grandfather was James’ son Thomas (1844–1924), his father was Walter Casbon (1893–unknown) and his mother was Beatrice Lily (Convine) Casbon (1893–1965). Walter Leslie was born on December 21, 1913 in the vicinity of Ely, Cambridgeshire.,
This was Walter’s first documented run-in with the law, but not the last. He and his motorcycle received three more mentions within a 2-1/2 year period.
Apparently Walter was quite the menace.
I hope my readers will take the time to read the entire articles. Not only do they reveal the minor offenses of the time, but they also give a glimpse into life in wartime England, where blackouts were the norm and fuel was rationed. Walter was probably lucky to have a motorcycle to move about with. The articles are also infused with good will and humor, such as the magistrate who paid a man’s fine, and the farmer who ate three of his “unfit” chickens and “enjoyed them very much.”
The last article mentions that Walter was a soldier at the time. Perhaps that is why he was said to be living in Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk, instead of Buckinhamshire. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate any World War II military records for Walter.
For that matter, I haven’t been able to find many records at all concerning Walter. His marriage to Ottilie Francesca Leipholz was registered in 1949. This is a German name, and I haven’t been able to find a birth record for her in England. Might this have something to do with his military service? Was he stationed in Germany?
I also have not been able to find any records of children born to Walter and Ottilie. The only records I have been able to find are of Walter and Ottilie’s deaths. Ottilie died in 1986, and Walter followed her in 1991.,