John (Jack) William Bean (1895 – ?)
Jack Bean arrived in Canada at age 7 on May 25, 1902. He went to live with Sandy & Isadora Thompson, a childless couple, in Franconia, Ontario. (Dunnville area). Sandy, a tough farmer, was at times a harsh master, but his wife, a warm and kind woman, became “Mother” to Jack.
Mrs. Thompson made sure that Jack attended school. He was placed with them as a foster child and Barnardo’s paid for his room and board.
Jack’s real mother was still living in Oberland Cottage in Guernsey, England – Mrs. E. J. McCallum. It’s not known why Jack was sent to Barnardo’s but he corresponded with his mother and listed her as next of kin when he enlisted in 1915 at age 20.
This photo of Jack is still in the Thompson family. He sent it to Isadora Thompson with this note on the back:
“For dear Mother from your loving boy, Jack.
After the war, Jack returned to Canada and moved out west. He kept contact with the Thompsons and with their other Barnardo boy, Robert (Bobby) Wright.