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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] What was a Van Guard?
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 12:36:53 +0100
> Now I know this sounds funny,
but it doesn't at all.
> 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
This was the common age for a guard - he would just have to watch that
the horse did not wander off, or that other carts were no barging into
the space, and that no little neighbourhood brats came seeing what they
could 'liberate'. The concept of a hefty security guard stopping armed
robbers came very much later.,
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society