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From: "M La Rooij" <>
Subject: Fw: [Lon] What was a Van Guard?
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 10:23:59 +1200

He probably was the guard in a train van. Sounds young but there were
usually two. They managed the goods and as these were often valuable incl.
gold shipments etc. one had to be there at all times.
Marion NZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "arthur goss" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 9:11 AM
Subject: [Lon] What was a Van Guard?

> Hi all.
> Now I know this sounds funny, but what would a 15yr old boy be
doing as a van guard. This is the occupation noted on the 1891 census for my
grand dad.
> If anyone has the inclination to check it out themselves, the family is
Goss headed by Henry goss living at 24 Berthon street in St Paul Deptford.
RG12/0494, page 14, 41.
> Arthur Goss, Victoria, Canada.

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