Author Topic: 1939 Occupation reading help please  (Read 917 times)

Offline Aulus

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,362
  • The black sheep: Florence Stevenson née Hampson
    • View Profile
1939 Occupation reading help please
« on: Thursday 25 August 16 22:45 BST (UK) »
I'd be interested to hear what people think this might say under occupation on the 1939 register, please.

I'm thinking

Spinal Trouble
Mental Def act

but what would mental def act mean?  Mental debility act? But why act?

I can't think spinal trouble would count as a mental illness even then.
Lancashire: Stevenson, Wild, Holden, Jepson
Worcs/Staffs: Steventon, Smith
East London & Suffolk: Guest, Scrutton
East London: Palfreman (prev Tyneside), Bissell, Collis, Dearlove, Ettridge
Herts: Camac, Collis, Mason, Dorrington, Siggens
Marylebone & Sussex: Cole
London & Huntingdonshire: Freeman
Bowland: Marsden, Noble
Shropshire: Guest

Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Offline Aulus

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,362
  • The black sheep: Florence Stevenson née Hampson
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 25 August 16 22:53 BST (UK) »
Oh, I wonder if Def act isn't two words, but one word oddly spaced, i.e. Mental Defect?
Lancashire: Stevenson, Wild, Holden, Jepson
Worcs/Staffs: Steventon, Smith
East London & Suffolk: Guest, Scrutton
East London: Palfreman (prev Tyneside), Bissell, Collis, Dearlove, Ettridge
Herts: Camac, Collis, Mason, Dorrington, Siggens
Marylebone & Sussex: Cole
London & Huntingdonshire: Freeman
Bowland: Marsden, Noble
Shropshire: Guest

Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Offline Rosinish

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 14,239
  • PASSED & PAST
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 25 August 16 23:00 BST (UK) »
Not what I would call an "occupation"

Could it be Mental Deficiency Act?

Annie
South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotland:- Bowie, Campbell, Cumming, Currie

Ireland:- Cullen, Flannigan (Derry), Donahoe/Donaghue (variants) (Cork), McCrate (Tipperary), Mellon, Tol(l)and (Donegal & Tyrone)

Newcastle-on-Tyne/Durham (Northumberland):- Harrison, Jude, Kemp, Lunn, Mellon, Robson, Stirling

Kettering, Northampton:- MacKinnon

Canada:- Callaghan, Cumming, MacPhee

"OLD GENEALOGISTS NEVER DIE - THEY JUST LOSE THEIR CENSUS"

Offline PrawnCocktail

  • RootsChat Veteran
  • *****
  • Posts: 662
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 25 August 16 23:56 BST (UK) »
I had a look at the original page - could the "Spinal Trouble" actually belong to the entry above, where it says Incapacitated?

Or maybe the Incapacitated belongs to the "Spinal Trouble?"
Website: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~towcesterfamilies/genealogy/
Towcester - anything, any time
Cheshire - Lambert, Houghland, Birtwisle
Liverpool - Platt, Cunningham, Ditton
London - Notley, Elsom, Billett
Oxfordshire - Hitchcock, Smith, Leonard, Taunt
Durham - Hepburn, Eltringham
Berwickshire - Guthrie, Crawford
Somerset - Taylor (Bath)
Gloucestershire - Verrinder, Colborn
Dorset - Westlake


Offline Greensleeves

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 4,495
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #4 on: Friday 26 August 16 08:08 BST (UK) »
Could be referring to the Mental Deficiency Act which was in force until the late 1950s.  This gave wide-ranging powers to institutionalise people suffering from various physical or mental conditions. I am wondering if the 'spinal trouble' could have been spina bifida.  The Mental Deficiency Act was a pernicious thing, responsible for the incarceration of thousands of people, including young women who  became pregnant outside marriage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Deficiency_Act_1913
Suffolk: Pearl(e),  Garnham, Southgate, Blo(o)mfield,Grimwood/Grimwade,Josselyn/Gosling
Durham/Yorkshire: Sedgwick/Sidgwick, Shadforth
Ireland: Davis
Norway: Torreson/Torsen/Torrison
Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Offline Aulus

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,362
  • The black sheep: Florence Stevenson née Hampson
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #5 on: Friday 26 August 16 21:54 BST (UK) »
Thanks all.

I don't think there's an continuation from the previous line, as there's no attempt to link them.

Interesting.

I hadn't heard of the Mental Deficiency Act, which is probably what it most clearly says.

However the chap in question here lived at home with his parents at this address, which he must have inherited as he continues to appear on the electoral roll at the same address until his death in 1960.
Lancashire: Stevenson, Wild, Holden, Jepson
Worcs/Staffs: Steventon, Smith
East London & Suffolk: Guest, Scrutton
East London: Palfreman (prev Tyneside), Bissell, Collis, Dearlove, Ettridge
Herts: Camac, Collis, Mason, Dorrington, Siggens
Marylebone & Sussex: Cole
London & Huntingdonshire: Freeman
Bowland: Marsden, Noble
Shropshire: Guest

Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Offline ScouseBoy

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,142
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: 1939 Occupation reading help please
« Reply #6 on: Friday 26 August 16 22:01 BST (UK) »
Could be referring to the Mental Deficiency Act which was in force until the late 1950s.  This gave wide-ranging powers to institutionalise people suffering from various physical or mental conditions. I am wondering if the 'spinal trouble' could have been spina bifida.  The Mental Deficiency Act was a pernicious thing, responsible for the incarceration of thousands of people, including young women who  became pregnant outside marriage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Deficiency_Act_1913
   Am I correct in thinking  that   sometimes  Spinal Bifida  was  present  as well as hydro-cephalus  (commonly known as Water on the brain).
Co-morbidity as the medical profession  describe having two conditions  at the same time.
Nursall   ~    Buckinghamshire
Avies ~   Norwich