RE: [WarOf1812] citizenship
- This citizenship thing can be quite the bureaucracy. My father was born in
Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1914, the son of immigrants who left England in 1913.
The family returned to England in 1915 so my grandfather could join a
British regiment in WW1. They never returned to Canada. So my father was not
quite two when taken to England. He was educated there, worked there, went
into the British army in 1939 and served from North Africa, India, into
Burma and finally into China, returned home and continued living working and
paying taxes in the UK. In 1958, wanting to go on a vacation to Europe he
was denied a British passport on the grounds he wasn't "British" and was
told he would have to get a Canadian passport. He did just that and never
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ibbotson, Mark [LSS] [mailto:m.ibbotson@...]
> Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 6:31 PM
> To: 'WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com '
> Subject: [WarOf1812] citizenship
> A pal of mine was denied a British passport on the grounds of his
> farther been American. It made no difference that he had lived
> gone to school worked and paid taxes here in England for the past
> 30 odd years.
> So he had to visit the American embassy and claim his right to
> American citizenship. To my knowledge he's never left the British isles.
> Gives me great pleasure to call him Jonathan; though he has no
> idea what I'm on about.