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IDIENS (later BRADFORD), Alice Marguerite – emigrated 1911

Between the years 1911 and 1913, eight members of the Idiens family (John and Alice and seven of their eight children) emigrated to Canada; Alice Marguerite Idiens, known as Daisy, was the first to go.

Daisy was born at Evesham on 29th June 1885, the third of seven children and eldest daughter of John Idiens and his wife, Alice (née South).  Daisy spent her early years at their home in High Street, Evesham.  Around 1899, her parents took on the tenancy of Wickhamford Manor, where they were living at the time of the 1901 census (although Alice was staying with her aunt, Mary South, in Wolverhampton).  They quickly became involved with the local community.  They were also very friendly with the Sladden family of Badsey and Daisy is mentioned in several of the Sladden letters.

By 1911, the Idiens family had left Wickhamford and moved to Poole, but Daisy was living and working in Bournemouth, employed as a lady’s help in a boarding house.  Daisy emigrated to Canada later in 1911.  Within two years, her parents and all her siblings (bar the eldest, Harold) had followed in her wake.

On 5th July 1913, Daisy married Edmund Ewart Bradford at Royal Oak; her husband had emigrated in 1906.  They had two sons:  Peter (c1914) and Desmond Ewart (1915-1940).

Daisy died at Saanich, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, on 10th June 1946, aged 60.  She was buried at St Mary's Cemetery, Metchosin, Capital Regional District, British Columbia.

See also John Idiens and family of Bowers Hill and Wickhamford Manor.