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Felix Francis Hillier

Male 1893 -


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  • Name Felix Francis Hillier 
    Born 1893  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1925  26 Arthur St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-190880 
    Died Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I190880  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Family Hilda Victoria Burnip,   b. 1902, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2000  (Age < 97 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1925  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F54325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1893 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1925 - 26 Arthur St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Mar 1925 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 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/

  • Sources 
    1. [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