z) Virtual Quilt George Green
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British Home Children in Canada
George Everitt Green
George Green was a Barnardo Boy who had grown up in squalid surroundings in the city of London. He had been beaten by his drunken mother and then left to fend for himself. For a short while, there was a ray of hope, a chance for a new life full of promise. And then, in the backwoods of Grey County, George found a rural hell and died
- Andrew Armitage
In 2013 the BHCARA had a memorial stone installed for George Green
June 15 2013 - Dedication service for the newly installed memorial stone
Dedication statement of the George Green memorial stone by Minister Red Leeder:
"May this stone engraved with the name George Green be forever a symbol of a society pledged to uphold the ever demanding cause of justice, fairness and opportunity to live in peace, always seeking the well being of every citizen of this beloved country Canada"
Excerpt from the story of George Green
"One night, Helen dragged him from his bedroom and threw him into the stable with the hogs. For two nights he lay in wide-eyed terror waiting for the dreaded footsteps. His diet was mash bran porridge with an occasional slice of bread, which he often had to eat standing up. With fall and winter approaching, he could never feel warm in his torn, ragged summer clothes. George was weary. He was a broken child who was too weak to drag himself into another day of taunts, threats, beatings and torture. Physically, emotionally and spiritually he was drained.
One cold November morning, his body finally joined his spirit in death. Doctor Allan Cameron, the coroner from Owen Sound, was called to a scene that would haunt him the rest of his life. In 40 years of medical practice, including working in the slums of Glasgow, Doctor Cameron had never encountered such squalid conditions. The room was filthy and foul smelling. The only furniture was two boards on which the frail body of George lay and a straw mattress with a ten-inch hole carved out in the center. It was soon evident that this mattress was both bed and toilet for George in his last days. Weakened from the beatings and diarrhea, malnourished with visible wounds. George lay on the straw with the hole and himself reeking feces. It was a cruel, sad death that Doctor Cameron after an autopsy, concluded was the result of a combination of neglect, beatings and starvation."