Have you considered a Boer War connection? or at least the British Army. I noticed my grandfather was not listed in the 1901 British census but I know he was in South Africa at the time (Boer War). My grandfather, Joseph Francis Rodwell, b. 1875 enlisted with the British Army at age 18, spent 12 years in the army and part of that was served in the South African Boer War.After leaving the army he emigrated to Canada. Just a thought, maybe you should be checking army records to make the connection to England.