It is not surprising that we think of emigration to Canada as a story of betterment and success for the people who made the journey across the Atlantic. We want to believe that, and stories of triumph survive better than those of failure. Yet for many the upheaval was traumatic, the effort a tragic waste. South of Evesham, and in the shadow of the Cotswolds, the tiny church of Aston Somerville contains one such story—not, it is true, one of deadly disaster, but none the less an example of a life disrupted by the attempt to settle in the New World.
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