||Felix Francis Hillier |
||London, England 
||26 Arthur St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada 
|Eby ID Number
||Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
||3 Sep 2019 |
||Hilda Victoria Burnip, b. 1902, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada , d. Bef 2000 (Age < 97 years) |
||25 Mar 1925
||Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada 
||13 Sep 2019 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Born - 1893 - London, England
|Residence - 1925 - 26 Arthur St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
|Died - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
|Married - 25 Mar 1925 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
- English man traces family ties to Kitchener home child
For Britain's poorest, getting a fresh start meant coming to Canada.
Felix Francis Hillier was no exception. On board the Dominion, he departed from Liverpool on Aug. 2, 1906. Upon arrival to Toronto, he made his way to Waterloo Region and began working on farms.
He was just nine years old.
His story is similar to close to 120,000 other orphans who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to work the Canadian soil. Called "home children," some went without proper care, shelter or wages.
Felix, though, was adopted by a Kitchener couple.
"It seems like Felix did quite well. That's a good thing because he has quite a sad story," said Mike Hillier, 68. Felix's great grandfather is Hillier's great great grandfather, so they'd be second cousins once removed.
Before coming to the region, Felix was living in abject poverty in London with his father, grandmother and two sisters, Martha Amelia and Ethel May.
Through research, Hillier discovered the five of them were living in a single room with only a bed frame covered in rags and a box. In desperation, Felix's father, who was only earning 12 shillings a week, sent the children to orphanages. Felix went to a Dr. Barnardo's home and then was sent to work in Canada.
Hillier found that after Felix served as a home child, he joined the Canadian army in 1915 and fought overseas. He got married to Hilda Victoria Burnip and had three children Jeanette, Robert and Helen who'd be Hillier's third cousins....
He does know that Felix died in Kitchener and was buried in Bruce County in 1983. His wife Hilda was buried in Collingwood....
Beattie, S. (2017). English man traces family ties to Kitchener home child | WaterlooChronicle.ca. WaterlooChronicle.ca. Retrieved 22 July 2017, from https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/community-story/7066457-english-man-traces-family-ties-to-kitchener-home-child/
- [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 020539-1925.
Felix Francis Hillier, 25, Clerk, London England, 26 Arthur Place Kitchener, son of John Hillier (b. London England) and (Mother Deceased) married Hilda Victoria Burnip, 22, Clerk, London, 87 Breithaupt St. Waterloo) and Catherine Shantz, Witnesses(S): Clayton H. Shuh of Waterloo and Pearl M. Hilliard of Rr#2 Waterloo, 25 March 1925 in Waterloo Twp