You may be interested to know that my great uncle - Walter Ledson - according to my mother, Jane Ledson from Everton (now 90 years old),occasionally did some poaching after the end of the First World War. He did this to help support my grandmother whose husband, George Herbert Ledson, was killed at the Somme in 1916.
On the last time that Walter went poaching he ventured, either by design or by accident, on to his relatives land in Melling. He had taken with him, on this occasion, a friend, who, unlike him, was a 'family man'. They were discovered and pursued, and Walter, ever 'the hero', gave himself up whilst giving his friend the chance to escape. He was sent a summons but, died from pneumonia before it was served.
I thought that you might like to read this annecdote because of the Melling connection and because of the sad irony which it contains.
Good hunting, and all the best! Keith Davies.
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