Wallace Walker Wilkinson is my wife’s 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are William Walker Wilkinson and Annie Gostelow. Wallace and my wife’s common ancestors are David Gostelow and Susannah Sewell (my wife’s 4x great grandparents.
Wallace was born on 28 September 1899 – his birth is registered in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
On 21 June 1920 Wallace married Louisa Elizabeth Hazel in Grimsby. Just over three years later things had started to take a wrong turn for Wallace and Louisa. The Hull Daily Mail ran the following story on 20 August 1923 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).
STOLE £14 AND DESERTED WIFE AT GRIMSBY
At the Grimsby Borough Police Court this morning, a gardener named Wallace Walker Wilkinson (23) was sentenced to four months hard labour for stealing £14, the property of Jack Thompson, a grocer, from the house, 106 Earl Street, between August 7th and 11th.
The evidence showed that Mrs Thompson put £14 into a cash box, which she locked and put in a drawer in the front bedroom. The key was placed in another drawer. Two days later defendant, who had been lodging at the house with his wife and child, left the house and did not return. Two days after that Mrs Thompson missed the money.
Detective Watson arrested the man in Grimsby last week, and Wilkinson admitted taking the money and going to Rochester.
Superintendent Whitty said that defendant, who had been to a reformatory school and Borstal, had said that differences with his wife led him to commit the theft and go away. Defendant had left a letter to his wife, saying that he was going away for good, and that if any attempt was made to follow him he would “do himself in.” and his child as well.
“I’ve nothing to say; let’s get it over,” was defendant’s only comment in court.
The following extract from the Police Gazette of 9 August 1918 shows that Wallace had been arrested and was awaiting trial at Wiltshire Quarter Sessions on 8 October 1918 for stealing a jacket and other items. It also suggests that he had previous convictions for burglary and larceny in Grimsby and Leigh (Lancashire).
At his trial in October 1918 Wallace was sentenced at Marlborough Court to six months in prison.
I can’t find any later reports of Wallace being in trouble again.
He passed away sometime in the September quarter of 1946 – his death is registered at Skipton, Yorkshire.