Actually, Walters Freake Pratt had a short and fairly unfortunate life. His name at christening in 1831 was 'Walter Freke Pratt', the son of James Pratt and Rose 'Freak' – thus his middle name. In 1856, he married Sophia Elizabeth Octavia Tyndale Ripley in Brighton. They had two children, Clara Ripley, born 1857, and Victor Francis, born 1859.
In March 1860, a few weeks after Pratt was cleared of gross misconduct in the Hatch case, both his wife and his son were dead. Seven years later, he was declared bankrupt, and seven years after that, he too was dead at the age of 44 - his gravestone says 45.
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