Sgt. William Dobson - when the newspapers got it wrong...

This is such an interesting story so I decided to add it here.

On one of Queen Victoria's many visits, she met Sgt. Dobson who was wounded in the Crimea and decided to help him by giving him a job at Hampton Court Palace where he could charge visitors a penny to visit the maze and keep the cash. He was known as "Lucky Dobson".

Above clips from the Washington Post July 27th 1913

 

Birmingham Mail 26th July 1913
Narracoorte Herald Nov 7th 1913

Then we read about the sad demize of his daughter....

 

Nottingham Evening Post 13th December 1933
Liverpool Echo 1st February 1934

Here is a link to Hampton Court Maze as it is today. If you scroll down the page, there is a postcard showing who I would like to name as William/Richard Dobson outside of his hut in 1900. https://artsandculture.google.com/story/KgVh-N135XYXKA

 

Watch the Pathe news film too.

All was going well in my research when I found this next article in the Shepton Mallet Journal dated 13th April 1900. Of course, I forgot that there weren't any patients at Netley hospital from the Crimean War, it wasn't built then!! Queen Victoria saw Sgt. Dobson at Chatham. Oh well, it was such a nice story.......

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