Rather late in the day, I asked my research assistant to look into the eldest of George Calderon’s brothers, Alfred Merigon Calderon, who was born on 7 June 1861, seven years before George, and was known to have emigrated to Canada (although he was in Hastings for the family photograph taken there on 1 January 1894, see my post of 27 September). Investigating Canadian records online is, of course, a different game from British.
I was not expecting much, but it turns out that A.M. Calderon became one of Canada’s most eminent architects, signed up in 1915 at the age of 55 (on his Officers’ Declaration Paper he gave it as 45!), and retired from the army in 1919 with the rank of Captain. He married a lady thirteen years younger than him, but they appear to have had no children.
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