The boys were sent to orphanages and Elsie was taken in by relatives, eventually brought to Canada by her brother Albert Finch who had been sent to Canada as a Barnardo Boy in 1901. Frederick was also eventually reunited with his brother and sister
Read Albert's story at O is for Orphans
2 year old Frederick was sent to his aunt and uncle for a very short time, but a few months after arrival in their home, he was sent to Miller's Orphanage in Bristol. His uncle did not want to continue feeding Frederick and his 8 month old sister Elsie.
We find Frederick at the age of 4 in the Orphanage, and he was still there at the age of 16. Finally when he was 18 his brother Albert, who had been sent to Ontario Canada as a Barnardo Child, had saved enough money to send for Frederick to join him.
On 5 May 1914 Frederick arrived in Quebec and from there went on to join his brother in St. Mary's Ontario. His sister Elsie had arrived 8 months before, again due to Albert's paying for her passage.
World War 1 broke out soon after Frederick's arrival and in March 1916 he signed up in the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force). He was 20 years old. He was killed fighting in France two years later.
In memory of Sergeant FREDERICK ARTHUR MARKHAM who died on April 7, 1918
Service Number: 823627
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
Division: 14th Bn.
Cemetery: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: VI. F. 64.