John Charles Skan and Herbert Sidney Skan BICA boys Sept 1925
by Murray Skan
(Port Perry, ON)
UK Outward Passenger List SS Alaunia September 1925 with group of BICA boys
My father ( John ) age 14 and his brother (Herbert) aged 16 arrived in Quebec City on the Alaunia September 25, 1925 from Liverpool, England. Their immigration record lists their destination as British Immigration and Colonization Association, Montreal Quebec. It also lists the occupation they plan to follow in Canada as "Farming".
Their father who ran a tobacco shop in Kings Heath, England ( near Birmingham) passed away and their mother decided to put the two older boys, Herbert and John, in the care of an organization. My dad said they did not want to be there so they were sent to Canada.
John ended up in Drummond Quebec with his brother going to the Ottawa area. They did not see each other for 35 years. They did not know where the other had been sent.
Herbert's inspection record shows he was well pleased with his home. My father was placed with a family in Drummond Quebec who did not treat him well. He was moved from Drummond Quebec to the Ottawa area in July 1926 where he worked for 5 different families until being moved to Omemee, Ontario in November 1927. He stayed and worked as a farm hand until going to war in 1939.