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The Rushden Echo, 9th July 1926, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Salesman’s Affairs
Fishmonger in The Bankruptcy Court

Expenses of Son’s Illness

The only examination which took place at Northampton Bankruptcy Court last Friday was that of Thomas Ernest Rattley, fish salesman, of 174, Wellingborough-road, Rushden. Liabilities were given as £143 14s 9d, assets £3 13s and deficiency £149. In reply to Mr. D. Helliar, the official receiver, debtor said he was 39 years of age. At 14½ he was apprenticed to a Rushden bricklayer. He stayed until he was 18, and later was engaged in the fish trade at Spilsby. In 1907 he returned to Rushden and opened a fish business in High-street with a capital of £3, which was sufficient to buy a consignment of fish to sell. He was

Able to Get a Living

and in the following year took into partnership a retired mariner named Meadows, who paid £5 for an equal share. The partnership lasted until 1913, when Meadows retired owing to ill-health, debtor paying him £20 by instalments of 5s a week.

In June 1916, debtor said, he opened the Wellingborough-road premises, retaining also those in High-street until he joined the Army in February 1917. He remained on service until March 1919, and received a gratuity of £10 on demobilisation. Meanwhile his wife had kept the Wellingborough-road business going. In 1923 he got into financial difficulties and borrowed £20, repaying £32, including the interest, and in August 1923, a judgment for £47 was obtained against him by Mr. Goode, a fish merchant of Wellingborough, of which he had cleared all but £2 or £3.

Debtor admitted that at the time of the receiving order, five creditors had obtained judgment. His son’s illness, lasting since 1917 had entailed expenses totalling £175. His wife owned the furniture, which she brought from money secured by taking in theatrical lodgers and by dressmaking. Just before the receiving order he sold a small quantity of furniture to pay the expenses of filing his petition, and he had no assets other than a few fixtures and fittings of the shop.

The examination was formally adjourned until August 13th.

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