Daniel O’Connell was born on September 2, 1912 at Northfleet, Kent, England, the son of Daniel O’Connell and Catherine Hunt, who were of Irish descent (the newspaper articles incorrectly reported that Daniel was born in Ireland). He arrived in Canada on April 27, 1930 (age 17) aboard the Laurentic with a party of boys sponsored by the Catholic Emigration Society to St. George’s Home in Ottawa. His next-of-kin on the passenger list was his father Daniel O’Connell, of 1 Church Path Cottage, Northfleet, Kent.
Less than a year later, Daniel was working for Stewart Fisher near Kenmore, in Osgoode Township (near Ottawa). He was helping to cut down a tree on the property, and as a newspaper account states: “Unaccustomed to the work, O’Connell ran in the wrong direction when the tree began to fall”. He was pinned underneath a limb of the tree, and died a half an hour later.
According to his death certificate, Daniel O’Connell was buried in Metcalfe Union Cemetery in Osgoode Township on March 11, 1931.
“Pinned Beneath Tree, Youth is Fatally Injured” The Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Ontario) 10 Mar 1931, p.2.
“Death Accidental” The Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Ontario) 10 Mar 1931, p.8.
“KILLED BY FALLING TREE” The Globe (Toronto, Ontario) 11 Mar 1931, p.2.
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