This plaque commemorating the Home Children of Liverpool that sailed to Canada has been installed in the Liverpool Parish Church (Our Lady and St Nicholas).
It’s a lasting legacy of Liverpool researcher John Dickenson’s devotion to his “chaps” from the Liverpool Sheltering Home (LSH) who went to Knowlton Distribution Home in Quebec, many of whom then returned to fight in the CEF. One such is Herbert Bretherton, whose story is included in Gloria Tubman’s book A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching British Home Children.
John Dickenson cooperated broadly with Canadian home child researchers, seen in this photo in conversation with Marj Kohli and Gloria Tubman, at the BIFHSGO 20th anniversary conference at Library and Archives Canada.
If you have an interest in the LSH children, be aware that John’s books and research material have been left to the library at the University of Liverpool. He would have been delighted to know of the interest already shown in that collection.
The photo of the plaque is courtesy of The Revd Canon Dr. Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool, via Gloria Tubman.