Doris Gray was only 23 when she arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Aug. 23, 1944—one of more than 43,000 European women who married Canadian servicemen during the war. Her thoughts while waiting for the husband she'd known only briefly were undoubtedly shared by other war brides.
"I didn't know anyone here," said Ms. Gray, now 84.
"I met friends on the boat but they were all going out west," she recalled.
"You're just going to the man you love, but I think after it wore down a bit you think, 'Oh what have I done?'" [Link]