The following received from Ken Chamberlain. Many thanks Ken.
It’s a cutting from a local newspaper in 1944 reporting on the death and funeral of Robert the Devil (Robert Austin). Accounts of Robert’s lifestyle seem, in the main to essentially ‘lionise’ him. To make him out to be a ‘character wot dun good’ so to speak.
Allatsea remembers well, stories from his grandma (Robert’s daughter) describing him as a horrible man. A man who would spend most of his money in the pub, then roll home drunk throwing the last of his coins to children in the street leaving his wife and family with nothing.