Living on the streets
Paper Jack was born Alfred Ellis Preece.
He became a successful surveyor.
After the First World War,
he chose to leave his wife
and live outdoors.
He was known as Paper Jack
because he dressed in newspaper.
The Great Depression
of the late 1920s and early 1930s,
caused poverty in Croydon.
In 1931, eight and a half thousand
Croydon families didn't have a home,
and the census recorded
268 vagrants, or tramps.