Has anyone come across an Oliver Cecil Pugh in Canada from 12/04/1926, born in UK in 1906 - please get in touch

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Hi, I'm looking for any details that can be found about my great uncle Oliver Cecil Pugh (b. 1906) who emigrated to Halifax, Canada 12th April 1926.   We have no knowledge of him since he left UK.  He had 3 sisters Elsie May (b. 1901 - before parents marriage, my nan), Edith A (b. 1903)., and Eva G. Pugh (b. 1913) and his parents were Oliver G (b. 1876) and Isabella A Pugh (b 1878).  Isabella's maiden surname was Cecil.

Would really be excited to find any information about Oliver Cecil Pugh, or assistance finding out more.
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Cecil Pugh burial 1979 at Innisfail, Red Deer, Census Div., Alberta, Canada.

Birth Date 26 Feb 1906, Death Date 13 Jun 1979. Age 73.

Innisfail Cemetery Tombstone inscription  is "A Faithfull Servant."

Familysearch.org    Find A Grave
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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Hi there

I'd like to make a big thank you to Frank Gill for his providing me with details regarding Cecil Pugh.

Whilst on an RV holiday across Canada, I was able to visit the cemetary in Innesfail and find the gravestone.  We also visited the Heritage Village and Town office - now I am researching even more to find out about Cecil's life in Canada.   I believe from voter lists, that he was at sometime residing in Lancaster Drive, Red Deer - does anyone have suggestions for finding out more??

From Voter's Lists on Ancestry:

  • 1953: Cecil Pugh, farmer, Innisfail, Alberta
  • 1957: Cecil Pugh, farmer, Innisfail, Alberta
  • 1958: Cecil Pugh, oil worker, Innisfail, Alberta
  • 1963: Cecil Pugh, desk clerk, Innisfail, Alberta
  • 1974: Cecil Pugh, retired, Innisfail, Alberta
Many thanks Christine

Where would I have to go to find address details for each of these years - as these lists do not give the addresses (unlike some others on Ancestry).   I'm trying to see also whether he was a tenant/renting a location listed for him in Red Deer.

Here is a great website with old photos of Innisfail, Innisfail Photos.

Since this was such a small town, and especially the years he was farming, I think he was probably not living in the town proper.

Wow Christine!   what a fantastic site - when we were in Innisfail a fortnight ago, we had a lovely Chinese meal at a restaurant on the main street.  We recognise how that street looked.. and the photos of the church.

After retiring, he appears to have lived in Red Deer (as I mentioned in earlier comment.  Were there major farms/farm companies who we might be able to trace do you think?

Many thanks for bringing this to our attention.

No, unfortunately I'm not adept at Alberta sources. A few more places you might find information would be locally, maybe a land registry office, or see if you could find his obituary in the local paper. Sometimes you find some lovely write-ups. Other than that, if the cemetery records are available, his burial record might have information as to where he lived; alternatively you might be able to get his death record from the province of Alberta.

Many thanks again - will try your suggestions here.
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In support of Frank's post, the passenger list on his arrival, states he and the other passengers destination is the Land Settlement Office in Calgary, Alberta.
by S Stevenson G2G6 Mach 9 (92.4k points)
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1911 England and Wales Census in Oldbury, Bearwood Birmingham, Staffordshir, England. Parish and Sub-District are Oldbury.

Oliver Cecil Pugh is 5 yrs old, birthplace is Smethwick, Staffordshire.

Head is Oliver George Pugh 34 yrs born Chippenham, Wiltshire

Wife is Isabella Annie Pugh 32 yrs born Warw Birmingham, Wiltshire

Edith Annie Pugh Daughter  7 yrs born Smethwick, Staffordshire

Oliver Cecil Pugh son age    5 yrs born Smethwick, Staffordshire.

Familysearch.org  National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)

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