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My Grandmother's Letter from 1919

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    While on her journey to Canada as a war bride, my grandmother wrote a very long letter to her parents back at home in Sheffield, England. It was more like a journal of the events that happened on board and the people she met while travelling across the Atlantic to Canada. It was sent to her parents shortly after she arrived in September 1919. The letter was returned to her in the 1930s after the death of her parents (minus a few pages) and later passed on to my father. It is a treasured family heirloom.


    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Do you have pics of your Grandparents from that time?
    2. avidgenie avidgenie, 7 years ago
      Thanks for commenting. I have lots, including the one in my avatar. My blog and website also show photos of them.
    3. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Wow, just visited your site you have done a tremendous amount of work on this, a true labour of love.
    4. avidgenie avidgenie, 7 years ago
      Thanks! You're right, it is a labour of love. I got tired of waiting for these war brides to show up in the history books so I did my own research.
    5. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Good for you. Did you see the recent article in Canada"s History Magazine on WWII Brides?
    6. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Would you post some of your items on CW?
      BTW I like your avatar, a tribute to your GM, mine is to my Father.
    7. avidgenie avidgenie, 7 years ago
      Great picture of you father.

      Yes, I have Canada's History Magazine. Did you also read the online stories as well? They are at . Most of the stuff I have on Canadian war brides from WWI is from the newspapers or local histories. One of my favourite stories is of Peggy Holmes who came to Alberta, which is online at the CBC Archives at
    8. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Not yet, I'll look up the article on Peggy Holmes. Thanks for the comment on the picture of my Dad.

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