Source 2

Prison record for John Greening 5997 (PCOM 2/291)


Name No – John Greening 5997

and Aliases _______________




Age (on discharge) ________11

Height __________________4ft 4 1/4

Hair ___________________ Lt Brown

Eyes ___________________D Grey

Complexion _____________Fresh

Where Born _____________Mortlake

Married or Single _________Single

Trade or occupation ______ None

Distinguishing marks – Scar on forehead


Address at time of apprehension – 1 Senior Place, Mortlake

Place and date of conviction – Richmond 10 June 73

Offence for which convicted – St[ealin]g a Q[uar]t[er] of Goosberries (growing)

Sentence – 1 Cal[endar] M[on]th H[ard] L[abour] & 5 years Ref[ormitor]y

Date to be liberated – 17 Jult 73

Intended residence after liberation – Boleyn Castle, East Ham, Essex


Previous Convictions: Summary 11 March 71 – St[ealin]g coal J.O.A. 10 Days H[ard] L[abour] or 10/- Richmond 1

5 Feb 73 St[ealin]g coal

St[ealin]g coal

2 cal[endar] mo[nth]s H[ard] L[abour] & whipped Richmond

By Jury


Remarks, antecedents &c

Rab. sent 5-April 73


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2. Look at Source 2. Read through the document and compare it with the one shown in Source 1.

  • How old was John?
  • What offence had he committed?
  • What was his sentence?
  • Why do you think he committed this crime?
  • Why do you think his sentence is so harsh?
  • There are two parts to John’s sentence. What do you think the Victorians thought was the point of:
    • Sending the offender to prison?
    • Sending the offender to the Reformatory?