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Jun. 3, 2020 | Wednesday
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Letter: Grandfather was a British Home Child
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Dear editor:

I read with great interest your article about the British Home Children, (“British Home Children” – commemorating 150 years, Sept. 26).

My grandfather was an orphan in Britain who came to Canada in 1880 and was referred to as a Bernardo Boy.

A farmer paid for his voyage to Canada.  

My grandfather had to work on his farm as an indentured servant until his 16th birthday.

Although he was treated well, he told me many of the other orphans were not.

My grandfather had 12 children and lived a full life to the age of 97.

He was very grateful for Dr. Bernardo’s organization and so am I.

Mike Urquhart