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History World War I

We'll Meet Again

Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War

by (author) Katherine Dewar

Island Studies Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
World War I
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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From fire-watching during bombing raids in blacked-out London to surviving the sinking of a transport ship in the Mediterranean, We'll Meet Again shares the incredible stories of nineteen women from Prince Edward Island who served in the Second World War. Drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, community histories and archival research, Dewar demonstrates how the on- and off-duty experiences these women had in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Canadian Army Medical Corps, the South African Military Nursing Service, and Red Cross tested their stamina, their courage, and their compassion — qualities these women embodied for the rest of their lives.
We'll Meet Again highlights women's struggles to be recognized as valuable assets to the war effort and outlines the political and perceptional shifts that lead to the formation of the different women's services. An appendix lists over 700 women from PEI who served in the Second World War, many of whom had never left the Island before attending basic training. They welcomed their new roles and responsibilities as cooks, drivers, nurses, writers, parachute packers, and entertainers. Many made lifelong friendships. A few of them even found love. After their return, many women continued to serve as public health nurses, dieticians, homemakers, and volunteers, making a lasting contribution to their communities.

About the author

Born in Summerside, P.E.I., Katherine Dewar taught nursing for 22 years at the P.E.I. School of Nursing. Upon her retirement, Katherine researched and published articles on Prince Edward Island history.She authored Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of PEI Nurses in the Great War, which won PEI Publication of the Year in 2014, and was shortlisted by the Atlantic Book Awards for scholarly writing. As well, she co-authored the book This Caring Place.

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