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William Oram British Home Child to Canada from Middlemore Homes 1894

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William Oram British Home Child to Canada from Middlemore Homes 1894

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 8:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Oram, Allen, Bush
Looking for any information on William, who was emigrated at the age of 11 in 1894. He may also have gone by the name of William Allen and an alternate birth year of 1879. He sailed from Liverpool on Siberian with Albert E Russell (age 13). The boys were apparently bound for Toronto. Arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 15 June 1894. He was not an orphan, nor abandoned and had parents and siblings in Birmingham, Walsall and Glasgow. His father was John Oram, mother Ann Oram, formerly Allen, nee Bush. He had a brother, two half brothers, two half sisters and a step brother. I am descended from one of his half brothers and there are three other cousins currently researching the tree, that I am aware of, two descended from Allens and one who is a full Oram great grand niece of William. William either kept in contact with, or re-established contact around 1900 - there are letters home to his mother and references to letters to much of his family in the UK. At this point he admits
to being 18 (born 1882/3) and was serving, as a private, in the Royal Canadian Infantry Regiment, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. There is also a letter from Houlton in Maine. He may also have served in Bermuda. He spoke often of returning home - we'd like to know if he achieved that at some point. We cannot find him after 1900/01, but we think there may have been Oram cousins visiting the UK in the 1940s/50s. We would like to establish where he was between 1894 and 1900 when he appears in Fredericton and whether he did survive after 1901 and marry - and make contact with any Canadian cousins. There are documents at Birmingham Archive relating to Middlemore Homes, which we have yet to look at, having only recently discovered William was a British Home Child. Thanks to anyone who may be able to assist!

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