The Government of Canada designated 2010 as the Year of the ‘Home Child’ in recognition of the contributions made by the more than 100,000 children who were sent from Great Britain between 1869 and 1948 to work mainly on farms in the rapidly growing rural communities across Canada. While this scheme, administered by groups with the approval of the British and Canadian governments, was created with good intentions and the promise of a better life, its results were often tragic, with children as young as eight years old being shipped to Canada.
Between 1885 and 1925, a number of farmers in East and West Flamborough received ‘Home Children’ from the Doctor Barnado Homes and the National Children’s Home in London.
This little known part of Flamborough’s history came to light when research on the area residents who served in World War I was initiated and it was discovered that several of these young men were among the early enlistments in local regiments sent overseas to fight. Since the initial discovery through the Archives’ World War I Veterans project, examination of the 1901 and 1911 Census Returns for East and West Flamborough Townships has revealed names of many English and Scottish farm labourers who emigrated between 1885 and 1910 that, pending further research, might be confirmed as additional Flamborough ‘Home Children’.
Several of the World War I veterans who were ‘Home Children’ are known to have returned to the area, married, and are buried in local cemeteries, so it is hoped that as brief biographies are added to this web page, it may connect with some of their descendants.
For more information on Home Children visit the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa website
Private Max Arthur Buczeg (1897-?)
Private Stephen Duckhouse (1897-1917)
Private Thomas Francis English (1866-1932)
Lance Corporal Harry Samuel Green (1893-1918)
Private Richard James Harbottle (1893-?)
Private William Francis Mason (1894-1977)
Private Arthur John Penfold (1898-1969)
Private Augustus George Penfold (1895-?)
Private Sidney/Sydney Cecil Penfold (1894-?)
Private Charles Ernest Powell (1898-1918)
Private William Alfred Risby (1894-1917)
Private Charles Henry Tabram/Tabrum (c.1873-1956)
Private Charles Woolley (1892-1968)
The Flamborough Archives will be closed on Monday, May 24. Happy Victoria Day, and see you soon!