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The Rushden Echo, 6th June, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Mr. Walter Clayton
Rushden Resident’s Disappearance
Missing For Two Days - Then Reappears for Three Hours
A well-known townsman, Mr. Walter Clayton, of Queen-street, Rushden, left his home on Tuesday morning without giving any intimation to his wife or family as to his destination or intentions. As he did not return, the police were notified of the disappearance and set to work to trace the whereabouts of the wanderer. The inquiries, however, proved futile for nearly two days, when Mr. Clayton returned home again. He walked into his house on Wednesday night about 11.0 and said he had not been in Rushden all the time but did not say why or where he had been. Mrs. Clayton and her daughter had not gone to bed but the sons had already retired for the night. The wife and daughter tried to induce Mr. Clayton to go to bed and rest but he refused. They then asked him to have some supper, but although he said he had had nothing to eat all the time he was away, he only had a very light supper of bread and cheese.

It appears that Mr. Clayton has suffered for more than twelve months from pains in his head and during that time has been attended by Dr. Davies, and for nearly a year has only worked at intervals.

Seeing that it was useless to try and get her husband to bed Mrs. Clayton went to lay down and get a little rest. About 2 a.m. the daughter called to her mother and said “He’s off again.” So it proved. Mr. Clayton went down the entry and ran up the street in the direction of the fields and was soon out of sight again. Mrs. Clayton called her sons and the neighbours, and a chase was made, but without success. The police, who had been informed of the wanderer’s return, were again notified of the second disappearance and inquiries were once more started.

Back Again

Last night about 11.45 Mr. Clayton returned of his own accord to his home. The police were once again notified and Mr. Clayton was put to bed and promised not to go away again.

This morning Dr. Davies paid a visit and examined the sufferer. The doctor gave instructions for Mr. Clayton, in view of his age (53) and condition, to be kept in bed. The poor man complains of terrible pains in his head and speaks in a very disjointed way of his wanderings. He says he does not know why he went away but knows that people have been trying to trace him.


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