Two for Tea

by lesley // posted on Jul 4, 2016

Already overwhelmed by the geographic size of Canada, the brides boarded trains that would deliver them to their varied destinations across this vast and untamed land.

Mum had already established a letter writing relationship with her new in-laws before leaving England.  They were wonderfully accepting and excitedly anticipated meeting their new daughter-in-law.

Her family, on the other hand, were not happy with her decision to leave.  My maternal grandfather summonded my father and threatened to make his life miserable if ever he mistreated his daughter.  As Mum boarded the Aquitania, my grandfather slipped her return fare into her pocket...just in case.

Teacups 3 & 4
oil on panel

She arrived safely in Winnipeg, Manitoba where my father met her with open arms and a plethora of gifts.  Oranges, eggs, butter and silk stockings.  Items unattainable during the war.  They would spend two weeks in Winnipeg before moving on to meet the rest of his family.

Close to 44,000 English war brides and 21,000 children came to Canada.  Certainly not all found happiness for ever after but it's estimated that 90% eventually adapted and flourished in their new country.

Next post we'll learn where the starry eyed newlyweds went from here.



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