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Canadian War Brides (3 of 14)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CANADIAN_WAR_BRIDES_03
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Melynda Jarratt
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1100
KEYWORDS
Second World War
World War II
2nd World War
audios

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In July 2009, Melynda Jarratt, the leading expert on Canadian War Brides, gave a talk on her subject at Dingwall Library. She was accompanied by Zoe Boone, a Canadian War Bride from Aberdeen. In this audio extract Melynda talks about the arrival in the UK of the first Canadian servicemen.

'December 17th 1939 we had the first flight of Canadians arriving in Greenock. They came up the Clyde; they went to, they, some of them spent the day there, I think, after spending two weeks cooped up at sea, and then they went down to Aldershot where the Canadians had their main military establishment down there. Now, to show to you how quick those Canadians move, within 40 days the first marriage took place between a Canadian serviceman and a British woman at Farnborough Church in Aldershot. That first - 40 days - didn't take them long, eh? Just kept on going.

That first year there were 1,222 marriages - 1,222 - and we know that at least one of them was a Scottish woman from Aberdeen named Kathy Elliott and she's on the back of my book, here. And Kathy and her husband were married on Christmas Eve, 1940 - Christmas Day, 1940, and they had had quite a struggle to get married on Christmas Day, but they were determined. And, in fact, when they met - its' a cute little story about Kathy and Glen - when they met, as anybody would remember or know about that time, there were a lot, there was somewhat of a gap in the male gender in this country because all the men had left and, mainly had joined up and they were in the Mediterranean or they were elsewhere; they certainly weren't at home; and they weren't watching their daughters and wives. And all that was left were older - seniors, young children, women and wives, basically.

So, into this breach came the Canadians, and Kathy was on the bus in Aberdeen, and it was August and she was sitting on the bus, and this young Canadian soldier came up to her and he said, 'Hey, wanna date?'. And she took one look at him and she said, 'If you think I'm a good-time girl you better go look for some, somebody else!' Well, four months later they were married! So Kathy and Glen were happily married for 65 years, and he just passed away last January, just after their, after their 65th wedding anniversary. And Kathy is a very good friend of Zoe's here, and they're both from Aberdeen. So it's a, it's the Scottish connection keeps on cropping up.'

Melynda Jarratt lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has been researching Canadian War Brides since 1987 when she began working on her thesis at the University of New Brunswick. She has published various books on the subject including 'War Brides (2007) and 'Captured Hearts' (2008).

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Canadian War Brides (3 of 14)

2000s

Second World War; World War II; 2nd World War; audios

Am Baile

Am Baile: Canadian War Brides

In July 2009, Melynda Jarratt, the leading expert on Canadian War Brides, gave a talk on her subject at Dingwall Library. She was accompanied by Zoe Boone, a Canadian War Bride from Aberdeen. In this audio extract Melynda talks about the arrival in the UK of the first Canadian servicemen.<br /> <br /> 'December 17th 1939 we had the first flight of Canadians arriving in Greenock. They came up the Clyde; they went to, they, some of them spent the day there, I think, after spending two weeks cooped up at sea, and then they went down to Aldershot where the Canadians had their main military establishment down there. Now, to show to you how quick those Canadians move, within 40 days the first marriage took place between a Canadian serviceman and a British woman at Farnborough Church in Aldershot. That first - 40 days - didn't take them long, eh? Just kept on going. <br /> <br /> That first year there were 1,222 marriages - 1,222 - and we know that at least one of them was a Scottish woman from Aberdeen named Kathy Elliott and she's on the back of my book, here. And Kathy and her husband were married on Christmas Eve, 1940 - Christmas Day, 1940, and they had had quite a struggle to get married on Christmas Day, but they were determined. And, in fact, when they met - its' a cute little story about Kathy and Glen - when they met, as anybody would remember or know about that time, there were a lot, there was somewhat of a gap in the male gender in this country because all the men had left and, mainly had joined up and they were in the Mediterranean or they were elsewhere; they certainly weren't at home; and they weren't watching their daughters and wives. And all that was left were older - seniors, young children, women and wives, basically. <br /> <br /> So, into this breach came the Canadians, and Kathy was on the bus in Aberdeen, and it was August and she was sitting on the bus, and this young Canadian soldier came up to her and he said, 'Hey, wanna date?'. And she took one look at him and she said, 'If you think I'm a good-time girl you better go look for some, somebody else!' Well, four months later they were married! So Kathy and Glen were happily married for 65 years, and he just passed away last January, just after their, after their 65th wedding anniversary. And Kathy is a very good friend of Zoe's here, and they're both from Aberdeen. So it's a, it's the Scottish connection keeps on cropping up.'<br /> <br /> Melynda Jarratt lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has been researching Canadian War Brides since 1987 when she began working on her thesis at the University of New Brunswick. She has published various books on the subject including 'War Brides (2007) and 'Captured Hearts' (2008).<br /> <br /> Find out more about the <A HREF=" http://www.canadianwarbrides.com/"target="_blank">Canadian War Brides</A>