Sad to record that Sarge (Elburn C.) Bampton died on Friday in Cleveland Que. Sarge along with his wife Pauline were original members of Home Children Canada, founded in Renfrew by Dave and Kay Lorente in 1991, and co-chairs of Home Children Canada's Quebec Branch.
Both of Sarge's parents, Joseph Albert Bampton and Mary Jane Windle were Home Children sent to the Knowlton Distributing Home. His father, Joseph Bampton, arrived in Canada in 1900 at age 12 and worked on a farm. His mother, Mary Windle, arrived in 1908 at 13 and was a servant to the King family in Waterville, Que., who treated her like a daughter sending her to Stanstead College.
Sarge and Pauline have been instrumental in linking countless people with their ancestors. Their home child archives are deposited with the Eastern Township Resource Centre at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.