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Kay Ruddick, war bride escort officer

Surrounded by falling bombs, strict rationing and nightly blackouts, a generation of young women found love. They were the war brides: British and European women who married Canadian servicemen in the Second World War. After tearful goodbyes to their families, they embarked on a grueling journey by ship and train to join their husbands and in-laws in a new country. Once they arrived, many war brides had to confront culture shock and desperate homesickness before embracing their new lives in Canada.

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A former Red Cross escort officer remembers her time aboard the Queen Mary.
Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: Jan. 9, 2004
Guest(s): Kay Ruddick
Reporter: Sonya Varma
Duration: 2:01

Last updated: December 13, 2012

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