A mystery for someone to solve. Who was William Richards?
A SON AND His AGED MOTHER.—William Richards, a labourer, of Broadway, was brought up in custody , charged with using threatening language towards his mother on the 25th inst.—The prosecutrix, a feeble old lady, said her son had lived with her ever since he came home"from the war." He was alright except when the drink was in him, and others then prompted him. On the morning in question he had been drinking, and after threatening to kick her insides out he shook her. He had been in the Zulu war, where he "got hurted," and had not been right in his head since. All she wanted the magistrates to do was to keep him quiet and order him into other lodgings;. She was 73 years of age, and could not stand it.—Col. Langworthy (to defendant); You told me you would give up the drink.—Defendant—l will go right away.—Mrs. Richards—He would he better away from Broadway, because there's a bad lot there, and they worry him to drink.—• Bound over in a surety of £5 to keep the peace for six months.
Chard and Ilminster News - Saturday 30 September 1893