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The Immigration Story of Betty Lovitt (English War Bride)

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English
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2012.322.1

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This story was part of an anthology of War Bride stories by Linda Granfield. Any use of this story must cite the book:
Granfield, Linda. (2002 publication). Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes: Stories from Canada’s British War Brides. Toronto. McClelland and Stewart Ltd.

I am a War Bride. I married my husband, Lamont Lovitt, of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, on March 9th, 1942. A son was born to us on January 27th, 1943 shortly before my husband left England for the Sicily & Italy campaign. We did not see him again until the day we landed in Canada, June 15th, 1945. He had returned to Canada on rotation leave via New York in March of 1945. So we were reunited at Pier 21 the day we landed, as my husband was living in Dartmouth at the time. The trip had taken 9 days. There were 28 mothers and 28 children in the one long cabin, sleeping in double bunks; All the children were under 3 years old, some infants. Not your luxury cruise! We lived 3 months in Dartmouth, then moved to Port Le Tour, our present address, where the two of us still live. We had 4 more children, in all, 3 boys & 2 girls. We now have 9 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren.