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Record #10161
Name :
: Thomas Anderson ALEXANDER (1888 - 1962)
  aka : Tom Alexander; Tom Edward

BMD and other details
Date of Birth
: 15 Mar 1888

Marriage (1)
Marriage (2)

Date of Death
: 8 Jul 1962
Abode (1) : Place of BirthEngland, Northumberland, Gosforth
Abode (2) : Place of Death / BurialUnited States of America, California, San Francisco, Laguna Honda Home, San Francisco
Sailing Information
Date of Arrival
: 25 Jul 1902
: Canada

: New England

Placement Family
Homes / Agencys
Institution (GB)

: Barnardos
NotesA birth registration was found for Thomas Anderson Alexander: Year of Registration: 1888; Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun; District: Castle Ward; County: Northumberland; Volume: 10b; Page: 280. Parents: William Anderson Alexander and Mary Chisholm, married December 5, 1882, in Parish Church, Gosforth, Northumberland, England.

William Anderson Alexander died on December 8, 1896.

Thomas' mother had re-married Thomas' step-father, Edward Dinning. In early 1899, Edward Dinning had been sentenced to 6 months hard labour for ill-treating Thomas. The court had placed Thomas in the care of his widowed paternal aunt, Annie Lingwood. Unfortunately she was unable to support Thomas and the Court transferred custody to Barnardo's in March 1899.

In 1902, Thomas Alexander, 11, arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in a large group of 395 Barnardo children en route to Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

The next mention of Thomas (1907-10-16) was when he called in at the Barnardo Boys Home in Toronto. He had enlisted and was dressed in the uniform of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.

On September 23, 1918, at Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Thomas Alexander, 33, enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. He declared that he was residing at the Clarendon Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; that he ws born in New Castle, Northumberland, England; that his next of kin was his mother Mary Alexander-Dinney, who resided at 2 William Street, West Gate Hill, New Castle, Northumberland, England; that his date of birth was March 12, 1885; that he was a steam fitter; that he was not married; and that he had spent 4 years in the U.S.A. Navy from 1908-1912. He was described as 5 foot 7 inches in height; fair complexion; gray eyes; fair hair. He was a member of the Presbyterian faith.

His enlistment was very close to the end of the war and it is thought that he joined with the hope of being stationed in Britain, which would have permitted him to see his mother. This plan did not work out as Thomas was still in Montreal when Germany surrendered. He did not wait for his discharge and was, therefore, court marshalled (in absentia) for desertion.

The next information on Thomas is in the US Social Security application (#566-18-3587). In his application he is living at Madera #24, Westwood CA and is working for the Red River Lumber Company of Westwood CA. [NOTE : This Westwood is located in Lassen County, California] He signed the document as Tom Alexander. [EDITORS NOTE: Tim I. Purdy (historian for Lassen County) gave the following information: The Red River Lumber Company established operations and the town of Westwood in 1912. Westwood was strictly a company town. In 1944, the company was sold to the Fruit Growers Supply Company who received permission to destroy the Red River Lumber Company personnel records in 1945. Madera was the name of a company dormitory/apartment building and #24 was the room number.]

Thomas does not appear on the voter registration rolls for 1946.

Thomas Edward Alexander died July 8, 1962, at Laguna Honda Home, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA. His death certificate shows that he had last worked as a seaman and he was unmarried. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Park, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA. 
ContributorsCreated : 2009-11-03 21:02:19 / From original database

Last Updated : 2010-12-03 16:10:39 /

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IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
3916 ALEXANDER, Agnes Barbour1888SCT,    , Coatbridge Aug 1906 : Corinthian CAN Quarriers  
6231 ALEXANDER, Albert1890ENG,     Jul 1900 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos  
10339 ALEXANDER, Beatrice Carlisle1889SCT, LKS, Glasgow Jun 1897 : Sarmatian CAN Quarriers  
6417 ALEXANDER, Charles1894SCT,     Oct 1910 : Cassandra CAN Unknown  
10413 ALEXANDER, Dorothy May1903ENG, LND, Shoreditch Jul 1908 : Tunisian CAN Catholic Emigration Association  
6531 ALEXANDER, Edward1913ENG, LDN, London Apr 1930 : Duchess of Bedford CAN Catholic Emigration Association  
10218 ALEXANDER, Edward Bubbings1901ENG, SSX, Rye May 1913 : Corsican CAN MacPherson Homes  
23745 ALEXANDER, Ernest1897ENG,     May 1908 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
10160 ALEXANDER, Ernest Augustus1892ENG, NBL, Gosforth Jul 1900 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos  
16732 ALEXANDER, Frederick1899ENG, LDN, London Mar 1907 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
7961 ALEXANDER, George1913ENG, LAN, Fleetwood Apr 1930 : Letitia CAN Church Army  
20403 ALEXANDER, George1893ENG,     Oct 1903 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
26031 ALEXANDER, Henry1894ENG,     Mar 1903 : Canada CAN Barnardos  
10220 ALEXANDER, Jack1908ENG, KEN, Hoo Jul 1921 : Minnedosa CAN MacPherson Homes  
11556 ALEXANDER, James1857ENG,     Aug 1870 : Austrian CAN Father James Nugent  
19952 ALEXANDER, James1883ENG,     Apr 1897 : Labrador CAN Fegan Homes for Boys  
3917 ALEXANDER, Janet Murray1896SCT, LKS, Glasgow Jun 1906 : Corinthian CAN Quarriers  
6640 ALEXANDER, John1913ENG, LDN, London Mar 1927 : Montrose CAN Barnardos  
27143 ALEXANDER, John  Jul 1930 : Balranald AUS Barnardos  
8850 ALEXANDER, Kate1885ENG,     Jul 1899 : Parisian CAN Waifs & Strays  
10219 ALEXANDER, Kathleen1904ENG, KEN May 1913 : Corsican CAN MacPherson Homes  
10417 ALEXANDER, Kevin Ernest1909ENG, SSX, Littlehampton May 1921 : Minnedosa CAN Father Hudsons Homes  
10217 ALEXANDER, Leslie1902ENG, KEN May 1913 : Corsican CAN MacPherson Homes  
3915 ALEXANDER, Mary Eliza1897SCT,    , Coatbridge Jul 1905 : Corinthian CAN Quarriers  
10414 ALEXANDER, Matilda Julia1902ENG, LND, Shoreditch Jul 1908 : Tunisian CAN Catholic Emigration Association  
26974 ALEXANDER, Reginald Gordon1917ENG, LAN, West Derby Jan 1928 : Barrabool AUS Fairbridge Homes  
7834 ALEXANDER, Ronald1863ENG,     Jul 1870 : Prussian CAN Maria Rye  
8694 ALEXANDER, Rose1898ENG, LND, Hoxton Jul 1908 : Tunisian CAN Catholic Emigration Association  
4743 ALEXANDER, Rose Mary1873ENG, LND, Kensington May 1887 : Corean CAN Charlotte Alexander  
3918 ALEXANDER, Sarah Stewart1890SCT,    , Coatbridge Jun 1906 : Corinthian CAN Quarriers  
26030 ALEXANDER, T1895ENG,     Mar 1903 : Canada CAN Barnardos  
6418 ALEXANDER, Thomas1893SCT,     Jun 1910 : Hesperian CAN Cossar (George Carter)  
10161 ALEXANDER, Thomas Anderson1888ENG, NBL, Gosforth Jul 1902 : New England CAN Barnardos  
10451 ALEXANDER, Thomas George1891ENG,    , Glasgow Camlachie Jun 1897 : Sarmatian CAN Quarriers  
23376 ALEXANDER, Walter1906ENG,     May 1920 : Minnedosa CAN Middlemore  
6358 ALEXANDER, William1893SCT,     Apr 1906 : Sicilian CAN Quarriers  
14114 ALEXANDER, William1885ENG,     Aug 1899 : Laurentian CAN Canadian Catholic Emigration Committee  
14398 ALEXANDER, William1881ENG,     Jun 1895 : Mongolian CAN Unknown Catholic Group  
24838 ALEXANDER, William1892 Mar 1910 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos  
IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
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