Tuesday, November 23, 2021


Robert Brett, a Canadian veteran of the First World War, was sailing in the British merchant navy during the Second World War and took part in the Miracle of Dunkirk, evacuating British and other Allied soldiers to safety.

Gwendoline Green would marry a Canadian serviceman after meeting him in her native Britain, and cross the ocean after the war to start a new life.

This was her outfit on her wedding day.

Here we have a guidebook written for British women who found themselves marrying Canadians, introducing them to some of the customs and ways of life they might expect after the war when they would be in a new world.

From the personal touch to the epic, the Battle of Britain, one of the pivotal moments of the Second World War. Canadians were part of the fight against the Luftwaffe.

One of them was Bill Sprenger, a pilot whose luck would run out.

Here we have a letter to his sister and his Memorial Cross.

The Battle of The Atlantic lasted the longest of the war. Canadians were heavily involved throughout.

Officer and war artist Harold Beament was part of that campaign. 

Burial At Sea is one of his works.


  1. I guess that my aunt must have had that booklet for war brides. She certainly found a very different world in Canada. She married a Canadian airman from St Margaret's Village, right at the north of Cape Breton Island. Shortly after she arrived she went to a dance in the village where some of the men were dancing wearing their caps and working boots. My aunt suddenly realised that the last dance she had been to was a May Ball at King's College in Cambridge, a very different affair. This struck my aunt as being very funny but, of course, she had to keep it to herself as she couldn't tell anyone without offending them.

  2. I suppose love helped these war brides to overcome any differences they face marrying an army personnel from a different country.

  3. My German aunt married an American soldier after the war in 1951. She was lucky when she arrived Ellis Island just had closed !

  4. Nice findings!Dunkirk was a great movie I think they served well in that battle..
    Like alot that classy dress in pink!Mine mine mine :))))

  5. The wedding outfit is rather swish.

  6. What an interesting exhibit, the stories do add a personal touch.
    Have a great day!

  7. @John: that would have been an eye opener.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Nancy: that is true.

    @Gattina: lucky.

    @Anita: Dunkirk was a miracle.

    @Gemel: indeed.

    @Eileen: thanks.

  8. ...there were a number of British war brides.

  9. How very interesting. I love the wedding dress and the painting of the burial a see is striking.

  10. Grandes figura, para no olvidar y darle el homenaje que se merecen.

  11. Cost for a page in history - a life.

  12. @Tom: part of the story.

    @Revrunner: very much so.

    @Jeanie: I thought so.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

  13. Once upon a time, we actually knew a former War Bride, when I say, knew, I mean that we were loosely acquainted.

  14. Fascinating exhibit, brings real people into real life in ways that make us reflect on history with the present.

  15. I like Gwendoline's wedding dress.

  16. @Anvilcloud: small world.

    @Maywyn: it does, yes.

    @RedPat: and that's what makes it such an effective exhibit.

    @Sharon: I did too.

    @Janey: definitely.

  17. I like the personal touch, nice exhibit.

  18. Intriguing personal info and exhibit ~ ^_^

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. They were very adventurous women to travel so far and start a new life.

  20. There are some ways to find your love - it must´ve been hard.
    The guidebook!

  21. Amazing part of Canadian history, great to see in your photos. Thanks so much William!

  22. @Bill: it was well put together.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Fun60: indeed.

    @Iris: true.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

  23. Interesting personal interest stories.

  24. Fascinating history. Thank you so much for enlightening me.