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The Emigration Story of Martha Berwanger (Canadian War Bride)

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English
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Museum use only
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S2014.145.1

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Here with a few memories. My hometown was Kingston, Ontario. I married an English Royal Air Force serviceman in Kingston in May 1943. He was posted back to England in November 1943. After the war was over he returned to Canada in 1946, was unable to adjust to conditions in Canada at that time. He persuaded me to accompany him back to Basingstoke Hants, England in January 1947.
I returned to Canada with a young daughter (2 years old) on the Scythia in December 1951. We arrived at Pier 21 on December 23, 1951. (Approximately 2 days late).
The crossing was a difficult one because of a rough sea (heavy swells, pitching and tossing of the ship).
There were many displaced persons (D.P.’s) and other immigrants on board. Some were ill or badly nourished and very many vomited again and again throughout the ship. It was very unpleasant.
I was very thankful that we had arrived safely and very thrilled and thankful to be on Canadian soil again.