|Evening Times & Star, February 11, 1919|
TO BE MARRIED
If you're having trouble finding a marriage for your Canadian soldier and his war bride in the UK, perhaps they may have returned to Canada before getting married.
A number of women arrived in Canada after the First World War as the fiancée of a former Canadian soldier. You will find many young women travelling to Canada “to be married” in the passenger manifests. It might even list a name and address of their intended spouse. This manifest is from the Grampian in February 1919.
|Grampian Passenger List, February 1919, Library and Archives Canada|
But don't just check where the soldier was from, try the port their intended bride arrived at. Some soldiers also met their fiancee part way across Canada to be married. Try at any main stop on the train journey across our vast country.
Two young Red Cross nurses travelled to Canada to marry former soldiers shortly after arriving at the Port of St. John, New Brunswick. Many more arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia and married at Pier 2 before continuing on their journey.
A number of soldiers also returned to the country where they met their wartime love and married at a later date. Check for marriages into the 1920s.
(c) Annette Fulford, July 2019