British Home Children: Their Stories
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

British Home Children: Their Stories

British Home Children: Their Stories, is a collection of stories and images by first- and second-generation descendants. Some of the chapters are first-hand accounts of the Home Child's experience.

Our society launched the commemorative book in December 2010 to mark the Year of the British Home Child.

During the launch, 19 of the 30 contributors were in attendance, as well as four direct descendants of those whose stories were told in the book. A number of other descendants of British Home Children also attended the event.

Glenn Wright opened the launch with a short history of BIFHSGO’s involvement with British Home Children. This was followed by an introduction of the publishing team, the contributors and special guests, including Courtney Battistone, Head of Media Public Affairs for the British High Commission, and Barbara Mottram, the Parliamentary Assistant to MP Phil McColeman. Barbara thanked BIFHSGO on behalf of MP McColeman for publishing the stories of so many British Home Children and briefly explained why MP McColeman had sponsored the Bill that created 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child.

Before the sales table opened for business, all of the contributors were presented with a complimentary copy — and when the sales desk was opened, more than 120 books were sold!

Copies of the book are available at Global Genealogy.

Photos courtesy Keith Hanton

Dave Lorente, contributor, receives his complimentary copy from Brian Glenn, director of Research and Projects.
John Reid Cliff Adams Jane Down John Reid (left to right), Cliff Adams and Jane Down show off their newly purchased copies of the book.
Lyal Campbell Lyal Campbell, contributor, enjoying the launch, poses in front of the Home Children display panels.
Book launch special guests Special guests Courtney Battistone (left) and Barbara Mottram (right) pose with Margaret Gervais, director of Publicity.