ON THIS DAY: October 7

ON THIS DAY: October 7

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1908), thirteen-year-old George Archer-Shee (above, with father) was charged with stealing a five-shilling postal order from another cadet’s locker at Great Britain’s Royal Naval College of Osborne. “A boy thirteen years old has been labeled and ticketed for all his future life as a thief and a forger!” thundered the defense attorney at the beginning of Archer-Shee’s trial, which was a cause célebre in 1910. On the fourth day of the trial the solicitor-general, representing the Admiralty, conceded that George was “innocent of the charge.” Four years after the trial, Archer-Sheen was killed in World War I. The Archer-Shee case was fictionalized in Terence Rattigan’s 1946 play, The Winslow Boy.

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