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.