Why did my father travel to Canada apparently alone?
(York, North Yorkshire, UK)
I am 63 and retired, living in York, UK.
My parents' past has to a large degree evaded me. We were never a sharing, talkative family.
The details I do have are my father Anatole Julien Marcelle Mille was born in Ruan, Pas de Calais 17:2:1915. His father was killed in action 4 months prior to his birth. The years in between are as yet a mystery. My grandmother Alice Matilda Elizabeth Helipre (maiden name) married Harold Strangeway, an Englishman. I wondered if that prompted my father to leave home age 15 years . He appeared to travel alone.
I have managed to discover that he travelled to Montreal on the ship "Duchess of Richmond" on the 21:6:1930 apparently alone (Why ?) Roll number 14765 official number 145903. As far as I can ascertain he returned on 28:8:1935. Records say he travelled as a "Farmer", 3rd class passenger. I know children were moved to Canada but thought my father was too old for this category. I would appreciate any help or guidance you could offer.
I have no idea if the family travelled to Canada from France (post War) my father had an elder sister Sylvanie Blanche Germaine. My grandmother's maiden name was Helipre. My Father's is Mille after his father.
Don't know if my grandparents actually married or not. My auntie's date of birth was 12:12:1912. They are all deceased but I desperately want to leave my children and grandchildren their history. The Genealogy sites in the UK are not good at tracing foreigners. My father was French, my mother German, so you can see my dilemma. Plus my ignorance of using the internet hampers my search. Thank you for reading my letter I live in hope.
Sonya Hughes nee Mille.