Your article: Market Weighton’s Canadian connection

Mother Canada with the Double Crassier in the distance
Mother Canada with the Double Crassier in the distance

There are 59 men named on the Market Weighton Roll of Honour, all with a connection to the town, some were born here, some had lived here, some had worked here...there are even three men who had emigrated to Canada.

There was a significant amount of emigration to Canada from Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as people sought a better life and fresh opportunities abroad. Canada openly encouraged new settlers with initiatives like the ‘British Bonus’.

The British Bonus was a commission paid by the Canadian Government’s Immigration Branch to steamship booking agents in the United Kingdom for each suitable immigrant who purchased a ticket to sail to Canada.

Read Steve’s full article in next week’s (5 February) people’s paper.