Early Family Emigrants to Canada

Brothers Charles Kearvell (1888-1971) and Henry James Kearvell (1890-1928) from Sussex were amongst the first family emigrants to Canada in early 1914. Charles married his cousin Alice Ede (1890-1974) , also from Sussex, in Winnipeg in March 1914.

Henry James married Harriett Dearling Pocock (1890-1984), who came from Hampshire and followed her future husband to Canada, in Winnipeg in 1916.

Both brothers worked in Farming during their early years in Canada before Henry moved to working for the Canadian National Railway in 1918. He was killed ten years later in a railway accident.

Charles enlisted with the Canadian Forces in 1916 and returned to farming in Moose Jaw District after WW1. In 1939 he moved to Dundurn and took up his early trade of carpenter. In 1948 he moved to Saskatoon to work with the Saskatoon School Board until retiring in 1956.

The photographs on this page are taken in 1917 and show Lothians Farm, Pipestone District where Henry worked. They have been kindly sent in by Kathleen Godey (nee Kearvell) from Winnipeg, the daughter of Henry and Harriett

Charles home on leave with his wife, Alice Ede (on the right) and sister-in-law, Harriett Pocock

Alice sailed to Canada in February 1914 aboard Cunard Liner "Ascania". The passenger lists have missing pages and it has not been possible to find Charles and his brother Henry on the listings.

Henry and Harriett on a home made Skating rink in their backyard

Henry and Harriett (right) at work with the farm horses

Harriett and unknown at the farm gate

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Charles 1888-1971 on a Seasonal Greetings card from Winnipeg sent to his eldest brother, Frederick Florence, in Funtington Sussex England.

The identity of the boy is unknown.

The two sons of Charles Kearvell and Alice Ede, Roy 1927- (on left) and Charles Herbert 1916-1988.

Charles Herbert came to England with the Canadian Army in 1941, married Winifred Horn at Funtington Sussex during the War and remained in England after the War until his death in 1988.