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ALICE MAY EATLEY: [1906 -      ]

Alice May EATLEY was born on 20th May 1906 at 9 Granville Road, Willesden, London, the daughter of Richard EATLY [1844 - 1907] and Alice Annie GODDARD [1861 -    ]. 

Her father, Richard, died  in the last quarter of 1907 when she was 19 months old.    At some stage she was taken into the care of one of the Dr Bernardos Homes.

In the census of 2nd April 1911 Alice May's now widowed mother Alice Annie is a 49 year old washerwoman, living at 91 Granville Road, West Kilburn, London with her son Frederick William [1896 - 1959] and her daughters Ellen Ellsworth [1889 - 1922], Florence Emily [1886 - 1975 ]and Annnie Horsman [1902 - 1975].

Her two youngest children, William Horsman aged 7, and  Alice May aged 4 have been taken into the care of Dr Bernardos Homes.  [William Horsman [1903 - 1980], aged 7,  is shown as living with a  foster family a Mr Herbert ELMER, a butcher and baker, his wife Charlotte, their three sons and another foster child  at  Polstead Street, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.
In 1918 William Horsman is a 15 year old deck-boy with the UK Merchant Navy.]

On 14th September  1922,  aged 16,  Alice May shipped on board SS Minnedosa,  her fare paid by  Dr Bernardos   as part of the infamous British Home Children scheme.       
On her embarkation card Alice May records her next of kin as Mrs Eatly, address unknown. 

The Home Children Scheme run by Bernardos and other care organisations saw the shipping of thousands of  British orphaned children to Australia and Canada,   not all the children shipped were  actually orphaned,  and cases where the parents were not consulted are not rare.   Many children suffered abuse. sexual, physical and mental in their new homes.   The British Government has recently issued an official apology to the  victims of the scheme.

Alice May was sent to Mrs Hobday of 58 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Canada as a domestic help. One hopes she was treated kindly.

Alice May married E. R. GALE in Toronto circa 1929.

The Ups and Downs  magazine was published from August 1895 to December 1949 in Toronto by the Canadian Branch of Dr. Barnardo’s organization, which brought more British Home Children to Canada than any other.

Alice May is referenced eight times in Ups and Downs magazine:-

Issue 1 Volume 25 [Spring Issue 1923] - a letter from her mistress - Mrs Hobday ?
Issue 4 Volume 27 [December 1925] records Alice May making a donation to Bernardos.  
Issue 4 Volume 29 [December 1926] published letter from Alice May.
Issue 1 Volume 29 [May 1927] published a photo of Alice May.  
Issue 3 Volume 29 [November 1927] 1927 - Alice May writes from England. Mentions her brother.
Issue 3 Volume 30 [November 1928] records a further donation from Alice May.
Issue 2 Volume 32 [May 1930]  carries a report of Alice May's Marriage  to E. R. Gale
Issue 2 Volume 39 [December 1937]   reports Alice May visiting 538 Jarvis Street, Toronto - Bernardos Canadian Headquarters for both boys and girls.   Now Mrs. Gale, she lived  in the same cottage [in a Bernardos Home in England ?]  as Mary Hope and Violet Moore also British Home Children in Canada.

Alice Annie GODDARD  married again to  Joseph J WILLIAMS  in the September quarter of 1921  in Willesden, Middlesex and died aged 83, in Willesden, London in the March quarter of 1945   Ref: 1945 MAR Vol 3a Page 577.

Birth Reference:   GRO  1906 Jun  Hendon Volume 3a Page 264

BEATRICE MAUD [1876 -    ]

Beatrice Maud EATLY was born  in the last quarter of  1876 in Hoxton , London. The daughter of Benjamin Alfred EATLY [1850 - 1921] and Mary Ann PEPPIATT.  [1846 - 1884],  possibly named for her infant aunt who had died the previous year. 

She appears in the 1881 census aged 4 years living with her parents at 14 Flood Street, Chelsea.

In the 1891 census aged 14, she is at the same address with her father and her step-mother Hannah WHITE.

In the 1901 census she is a general domestic servant, living and working at 18 Sarefeld Road, Battersea. London.

Beatrice's  brother Ernest Charles emigrated to Canada after 1901  -   It appears she followed after him.

A record card of the USA Immigration  Service at Niagara Falls  border crossing dated  07 June 1907  shows that  Beatrice EATLY  aged 23       [  she was actually 31 !  :-)  ]  a domestic servant  born London, England permanently residing in  Toronto,  Ontario,  crossed the border to visit  a Mrs Chadwick of 140 Genesee Street, Lockport New York.

Beatrice is described as   5'4" - 110lbs [about 7 stone]- Brown hair - brown eyes - fair complexion.

She had $6 cash with her.

The card also shows that Beatrice   landed at  St John, New Brunswick, Canada  on 16 November 1905 from  the SS Sardinian.

Beatrice Maud,  Spinster, married John GRIBBLE, Bachelor, the son of  William Gribble a stone mason and Eliza WARD in York County Toronto on 16th June 1909.    She stated her father was Benjamin Eatly, a refiner at  The Mint, and her mother as Hannah White  [who on the face of it appears to be her stepmother] The marriage was witnessed by Beatrice's brother  Ernest Charles Eatly [ 1881 -     ] and his wife Margaret Kane.

Birth Reference:   GRO  1876 Dec  Holborn Volume 1b Page  800
Marriage Reference: Marriages of York County, Toronto, Canada


Ernest Charles EATLY was born 06 November 1881 in Chelsea, London. The son of Benjamin Alfred EATLY   [1850 - 1921] and Mary Ann PEPPIATT [1846 - 1884]

He appears in the 1891 census of 5th April  living with his father and step-mother Hannah WHITE, his siblings Ernest Charles and Beatrice Maud and his step-brother Alfred William at 14 Flood Street, Chelsea. London.

In the 1901 census of 31 March  he is a 19 year old bricklayer, living at 26 Parthenia Road, Fulham. London. with his father, stepmother and step-brother.

Ernest Charles moved to Canada  where on 6th February 1907 in York County. Toronto,  he married Margaret KANE (Irish descent, born Canada 1881).

Ernest Charles appears in the 1911 Canadian census as 30 year old metal worker (factory) living with Margaret at Apartment 845, 121 West Toronto.

On 17 January 1916 he was attested into 4th Divisional Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. His address is shown as 177 Borden Street, Toronto Canada. Occupation silversmith. Description 5' 7" 34 inch chest. fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes. Religion Church of England.

USA - Canada border crossing records for  May 1920 show 38 yr old Margaret  [apparently heavily pregnant] at Port Huron Michigan, en route to  visit Mrs Ellen KANE { her mother ? }at 3 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles California USA.   She gave birth to a son in Los Angeles on 28th May 1920. 

On 6th August 1938  Ernest EATLY aged 57, Accountant, disembarked from RMS Antonia [Cunard White Star Line]  at  The Port of London  from Montreal, Canada   to visit  30 Crowlands Avenue Ilford Essex. *

Ernest and Margaret are buried at Plot J Belleville Cemetery, Hastings, Sidney Ontario Canada. Ref: Q-H1172.

Birth Reference:. GRO Dec 1881 Chelsea Volume 1a Page 325
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Inwards Passenger Lists. : The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26

GEORGE [circa 1863] 

George EATLY was a resident of New Brunswick, Canada

George married Susan LOGUE

Their daughter Mary Anna EATLY, baptized 9th July 1893 in Fairville, New Brunswick. Canada

(Acadia French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946)

JOHN EATLEY [circa 1760 -    ]

Sergeant John EATLEY of the 37th Regiment of Foot, The North Hampshire Regiment, discharged at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada on 24 December 1783.

Meredith's 37th Regiment of Foot raised in Ireland in 1702. It saw continuous service throughout the Seven Year War against France, Russia, Poland & Sweden.

The Regiment returned to England in 1769 much weakened by death injury and disease, and did not reach full effectiveness until 1775. It is possible John EATLEY joined the regiment at this time.

In 1775, following the start of the American War of Independence, the Regiment was ordered to America

Landing at Long Island virtually unopposed they secured New York and advanced to Philadelphia taking that city following a series of battles and skirmishes.

The Regiment returned to garrison New York where in 1782 they received a Royal Warrant renaming the Regiment 'The Hampshire Regiment'.

Following the end of the conflict and The Treaty of Paris the Regiment was ordered to Nova Scotia, where John was discharged.

The Regiment now known as The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires), [after Princess Diana] currently has units serving in Iraq

Reference:   National Archives  GRO WO12/5101 Miscellaneous British Soldiers discharge at Shelburne and Halifax 1783 - 1791.]

MARY ANNA: [1893 -    ]

Mary Anna EATLY was baptised 9th July 1893 at Fairville, New Brunswick, Canada, the Daughter of George EATLY and Susan.

Baptism Reference: ~Acadia French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946

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