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Beatrice Maud Nash

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Beatrice Maud Nash

Birth
Westbourne, Chichester District, West Sussex, England
Death
7 Aug 1926 (aged 15)
Kemptville, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Burial
Kemptville, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada Add to Map
Plot
Z-003
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Beatrice Maud Nash was born on March 20, 1911 at Westbourne, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Robert Nash and Florrie Coombes, who had been married at Westbourne in 1907.

As a young child, Beatrice was taken into care by Dr. Barnardo's Homes in England. At age 13, she was immigrated to Canada. She arrived at Quebec City on July 24, 1924 aboard the S.S. Minnedosa in a group of 78 Barnardo children en route to the receiving home in Toronto, Ontario. Beatrice was assigned to three different placements across Ontario between 1924-1926: first in Batteaux (Simcoe County), then Markham (York County) and lastly Kemptville (Leeds County). She was living with Mr. & Mrs. William Harold Dickinson at her final placement, when in a state of despair she decided to end her life by drowning herself in the Rideau River.

The Toronto Star Monday, August 9, 1926 -
"BARNARDO GIRL'S BODY RECOVERED FROM RIVER -'I Am Tired of Life,' Said Note Found on Bank. Kemptville, Ont., Aug. 9 (CP). - Soon after a note saying "I am tired of life" had been found on a bank of the Rideau river, near here, yesterday, the body of Miss Beatrice Nash, aged about 15 years, a Barnardo Home girl, was recovered from the river by grapplers. The girl had been employed as a domestic in this town for some time. She had been subject to despondency, it is said."

The Toronto Star Tuesday, August 10, 1926 -
"WORDS WITH EMPLOYER THEN TOOK OWN LIFE - Jury Finds Barnardo Girl Came to Death While Temporarily Insane Kemptville, Ont., Aug. 10. (CP) - Beatrice Nash, Barnardo Home girl, into whose death officials of the home are investigating, came to her death by drowning while temporary insane, a coroner's jury decided at an inquest held here yesterday. Her body was found in the Rideau River several hours after she had had a quarrel with her employer, H. Dickinson. A note directed searchers to the scene of the tragedy. At the inquest Mr. Dickinson told of having words with the girl concerning a glass of water. At night he went down to the river in search of her. His suspicion that she had drowned herself was aroused when he found the grass trampled at the water's edge."
Beatrice Maud Nash was born on March 20, 1911 at Westbourne, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Robert Nash and Florrie Coombes, who had been married at Westbourne in 1907.

As a young child, Beatrice was taken into care by Dr. Barnardo's Homes in England. At age 13, she was immigrated to Canada. She arrived at Quebec City on July 24, 1924 aboard the S.S. Minnedosa in a group of 78 Barnardo children en route to the receiving home in Toronto, Ontario. Beatrice was assigned to three different placements across Ontario between 1924-1926: first in Batteaux (Simcoe County), then Markham (York County) and lastly Kemptville (Leeds County). She was living with Mr. & Mrs. William Harold Dickinson at her final placement, when in a state of despair she decided to end her life by drowning herself in the Rideau River.

The Toronto Star Monday, August 9, 1926 -
"BARNARDO GIRL'S BODY RECOVERED FROM RIVER -'I Am Tired of Life,' Said Note Found on Bank. Kemptville, Ont., Aug. 9 (CP). - Soon after a note saying "I am tired of life" had been found on a bank of the Rideau river, near here, yesterday, the body of Miss Beatrice Nash, aged about 15 years, a Barnardo Home girl, was recovered from the river by grapplers. The girl had been employed as a domestic in this town for some time. She had been subject to despondency, it is said."

The Toronto Star Tuesday, August 10, 1926 -
"WORDS WITH EMPLOYER THEN TOOK OWN LIFE - Jury Finds Barnardo Girl Came to Death While Temporarily Insane Kemptville, Ont., Aug. 10. (CP) - Beatrice Nash, Barnardo Home girl, into whose death officials of the home are investigating, came to her death by drowning while temporary insane, a coroner's jury decided at an inquest held here yesterday. Her body was found in the Rideau River several hours after she had had a quarrel with her employer, H. Dickinson. A note directed searchers to the scene of the tragedy. At the inquest Mr. Dickinson told of having words with the girl concerning a glass of water. At night he went down to the river in search of her. His suspicion that she had drowned herself was aroused when he found the grass trampled at the water's edge."

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