I heard this story while on a guided tour of Colchester Cemetery and it still haunts me.
Around the date 22nd April 1870 a 14-year-old called John Harding ran away from home in my town of Colchester fearing a beating for losing a brush. Being a good runner John evaded capture by his parents for several days, hungry, cold and with no safe home. Today marks the anniversary of the death of John Harding by murder on 26th April 1870.
John remains part of the folklore of Colchester remembered in books and stage plays. A few years ago I paid for a marker for John’s grave, whilst over a hundred years later in the same newspaper that recorded in detail the inquest into his murder, I marked…
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