Source: Record of promotion re. Corporal Betrand’s service record.
British Home Child
“Son of John Wood and Ellen Wilson. He was sent to Canada at the age of 16 by Barnardo’s. He departed Liverpool on 25 February 1911 aboard the Sicilian and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 9 March 1911. From there, he was sent to the distribution home in Toronto, then given a placement. His younger sisters, Jennie and Maud, also came to Canada – Jennie was a British Home Child, but Maud was not.
By 1916, he was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On 8 Jan 1916, he enlisted in the military and served for the duration of World War I with the 18th Battalion CEF and the 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles. After the war, he settled in Winchester, Dundas County, Ontario. By 1921, he was living and working in Mountain Township, Dundas County at the home of Henry and Minnie (Todd) Barkley.
On 17 Mar 1923, he married Estella Boyd in South Mountain, Dundas County. They had two sons, George and Harold. In 1971, he died at their home at 1288 Kingston Ave., Ottawa, Ontario.”