Peggy A. Moir
English War Bride
August 19, 1946
I traveled to Canada on the Lady Nelson with my four and half month daughter Jennifer. There were many military personnel in blue uniforms returning to Canada on board, presumably having been wounded. We were down below in a long room: 42 Brides and 12 babies, 1 toilet, and a Scottish stewardess to look after us. Many of us were seasick and were taken to the kitchen to make supplementary feeds for our babies, since we were losing our own milk, because of being sick. An army doctor ordered 7 Ups and crackers for us.
I cannot remember leaving the ship, but being put on the train, and the Red Cross assisting us. I belong to the Saskatchewan War Brides Association and also the New Brunswick War Brides Association. I am proud to be a Canadian and have 2 children, and 4 grandchildren who are also Canadians.
- The thrill of seeing land as we approached Halifax, the beautiful sunset.
- White bread and fruit served at meals.
- Brides being met by husbands and families at railway stations and whistle stops as we traveled the rails.
- Being met by my husband at Fredericton in his civvies.
- Experiencing oil lamps, wood cook stove and outdoor toilet, water from a spring, and many other "firsts".
The stories could go on and on!!!