The War Children that Tried to Come to Canada–SS City of Benares

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rossg.jpgCarleton Place British Children sent to Canada during the war–Photo from-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Not only were children sent to Canada and other countries as British Home Children– but *others were sent away from home during the second world war. I guess it was a way the parents thought they could protect their children from the atrocities of war.

For the less well-off or well-connected  families; their chance came starting on 19 June 1940 when the UK government, responding to grassroots offers from the Empire, announced a plan for evacuation of children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. The announcement read that “a total of 20,000 could be sent off immediately, of which 10,000 would go to Canada.

*”I was put on a train with a ticket around my neck at four years old in charge of the guard bound for Northhampton away…

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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