Escaping Britain just as WW1 was starting, was the smartest thing my Newth tribe ancestors ever did. Alice Ada (Newth) Clough sailed on the Metagama from Liverpool in June 1915, and arrived in August at Quebec. With her were her three children, Alice Ada aged 22, Charles Edward aged 16 and Leslie John aged 5.
SS Metagama was a transatlantic ocean liner That was launched in 1914 and scrapped in 1934.
According to the Passenger List, they were planning to meet Edward Clough (Commercial Traveller) who had sailed to Canada 3 years earlier.
Curious to know when Edward migrated I searched for his departure details. It looks like he may have travelled to Quebec on the Royal Edward in 1910 but that does not tally with what it says above, that he has lived in Canada for 3 years. Therefore I am not sure if I have the correct passenger list as yet.
Looking further into Edward Clough’s occupation as a Commercial Traveller I was interested to see that he was listed as a Tea Dealer Grocer and later as a Wholesale Tea Dealer. Now I began to imagine he was employed by companies such as Twinings in London.
In 1837, Queen Victoria granted Twinings its first Royal Warrant for tea – she appointed Twinings as supplier of teas to her household. Twinings has had the honour of supplying every successive British Monarch to date.History of Twinings
Perhaps he was an employee of Twinings, I don’t know. However, when he sailed for Canada he was probably paving the way for his family to join him later. His wife and three children joined him in Canada in 1915 to live in Edmonton, and they too were employed and lived in Canada – I am following up on their records – searching the census for Canada is a new pursuit for me. These documents look so different to the British Census records.
In this census, (very hard to read) Edward is listed again as a Commercial Traveller.
Eldest daughter Alice Ada was a telephonist for the Postal Service before she left England at the age of 22 on board the Metagama. Before they left England, the family appeared to be doing well; there was also a General Servant Domestic listed on the 1901 English census.
When I looked closer at the details on this census I could see that the servant, Maud Theyers, aged 22 was listed as being ‘Born on the High Seas’ in 1879. Search as I might, but I could not find evidence of that. Maud’s baptism record shows that she and her older sister Hannah were both baptised in the Parish of Slimbridge, Gloucester.
I also searched for the baptism of Alice Ada Clough and found that she was baptised on the 16th of March, 1913.
Alice Ada’s death is recorded in 1934, one year before her father Edward died. (Questions: Did she marry? Were there children? I am keen to find my Canadian Cousins.)
Eldest son Charles Edward became an electrician for the Postal Service. He died as quite a young man, aged 31. His death is recorded in 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have located his Burial record at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Edmonton.
(Questions: Did he marry? Were there children?)
Youngest son Leslie John Clough, born in 1909, married Muriel Fanthorpe in Quebec, Canada on 7 June 1941. His death was recorded on 21 September 2007. (Note: I may need a subscription to the Newspaper Archives for Canadian papers; this could lead me to find other living relatives of the Clough family in Canada.) My research has led me to two interesting articles published in Canada Newspapers.com; his marriage and his obituary. They are tantalisingly close, but I am loath to take out a subscription for just these two.
A little more research leads me to think that his wife, Muriel, was born on 31 December 1908 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1911. With a little more help from Ancestry, I located the Passenger List showing that Muriel Fanthorpe emigrated to Canada with her family aboard the Montcalm on 16 July 1913, arriving just two years before the Clough’s arrived. She is listed with her mother and five siblings. I can imagine that perhaps they were also to meet the head of their family on arrival.
(Questions: who were the children of Leslie John and Muriel Clough?) This is leading me to my next piece of research. Find more details for Muriel. First where born and baptised and who were her parents? Also need a marriage record for her to Leslie John.
Now that I have the family names of Muriel’s parents I can trace their locations back to England and also in Canada through the census records for both.
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