George Sandeman Raffan (twin)

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George Sandeman Raffan (twin)

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Death: 1989 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Miller (Reputed father) and Margaret Raffan
Husband of Catherine Raffan
Father of Margaret Raffan; Robert Mackay Raffan; Alexander Raffan; George Raffan; William Raffan and 3 others
Brother of Alexander Miller Raffan (twin)

Managed by: David McRostie Mason
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About George Sandeman Raffan (twin)

June 21, 1934

The peaceful serenity which characterises the beginning of each new day in Helmsdale, and which makes every morning just like every other morning, was rudely disturbed last Tuesday when the newly-awakened inhabitants became electrified by the startling news that a real up-to-date burglary had been committed, during the night, in one of the main street shops.

The shop in question is a café and confectioners belonging to Messrs E J Rapson & Sons, and is situated at the corner of Dunrobin Street and Trentham Street. About 7 o'clock on Tuesday morning a fisherman named George Raffan, going to solicit buyers among the local fishwives, for his morning catch, had occasion to pass along Trentham Street, when his attention was attracted to the side-door of the café which stood slightly ajar. Knowing that the girls in charge did not usually arrive at that time, his suspicions were aroused and a closer examination revealed unmistakable evidence of a forced entry. He immediately made his way to Mr Rapson's house and informed the proprietor, who hurried back to the scene to find that their suspicions were justified.

The till had been emptied, while a considerable amount of cigarettes had also disappeared. Fortunately, the till had only contained a small quantity of loose change, as most of the cash had been transferred to another drawer for safety and this was found to be intact.

The thieves had evidently been interrupted in their nefarious work, possibly by the sound of early fishermen passing down to the harbour, for not only did the open door indicate a hurried retreat, but the implements which had been used in forcing the door were also left behind. These consisted of a long steel punch such as is used by blacksmiths for holing thick iron, and a narrow steel file. It is reported that the key which had been removed from inside the lock, was later found in a park near the Bridge.

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George Sandeman Raffan (twin)'s Timeline

March 28, 1904
United Kingdom
Age 22
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March 28, 1930
Age 26
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Age 32
September 14, 1945
Age 41
Age 84