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The Immigration Story of Jeannie Lynn Rees (Scottish War Bride)

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English
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2012.2157.1

Story Text: 

My mother, Jeannie Lynn Rees, born Jeannie Lynn Thomson, was a beautiful young (only 16 years old), Glaswegian lass. My father, Harold Melville Rees, was a handsome charming, funny Canadian in the RCAF. They met in a dance hall in Glasgow, called the Locarno, and were married on July 25, 1945. After a brief honeymoon in Aberdeen, Dad returned to Canada on a troopship and to his home in Vancouver. Mom had to stay behind until she could be booked passage on a War Bride ship.

In May of 1946 she left her family behind in Glasgow to go to Liverpool. There she boarded the Letitia and sailed to Halifax, docking at Pier 21. In Halifax she was put on the train to Vancouver, making stops all across the country to let other brides disembark. At 17 years old, my mother, Jeannie Lynn Rees, was the youngest war bride to come to Canada. By having her name inscribed on the Sobey Wall of Honour, I am paying tribute to her courage. I am in awe at what she did in 1946, and admire her for her courage. She passed away in April 24, 2004.