A War Guest in Canada

Author:   W.A.B. Douglas ,  Roger Sarty ,  Cynthia Comacchio
Publisher:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
ISBN:  

9781771123686


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   29 February 2024
Format:   Paperback
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"During the Second World War, hundreds of children were sent from the UK to stay with family and friends in Canada as """"war guests."""" This book collects the letters of one such war guest, young Alec Douglas, who wrote from his wartime home in Toronto to his mother back home in London. Alec wrote home every week, although sometimes he forgot to post his letters, and they were delayed, and some letters did not get through. Occasionally his godmother and host, Mavis Fry, would add comments and write her own more detailed letters. Also included are letters from Lillian Kingston, who brought Alec to North America in 1940. This is a story of exposure, at an impressionable age, to ocean passage in wartime, the sights and sounds of New York, the totally new and unfamiliar world of Canada, the wonderful excitement of passage home in a Woolworth Aircraft Carrier as a """"Guest of the Admiralty,"""" and his eventful return to a world he had left behind three years before."

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Author:   W.A.B. Douglas ,  Roger Sarty ,  Cynthia Comacchio
Publisher:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Imprint:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Weight:   0.333kg
ISBN:  

9781771123686


ISBN 10:   1771123680
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   29 February 2024
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Preface, by Cynthia Comacchio Introduction: The Careers of W.A.B. Douglas: Sailor and Historian, by Roger Sarty A War Guest in Canada, 1940–1943 1. Introduction 2. August 1940: Arrival in Toronto 3. September–October 1940: School! 4. October–December 1940: Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween 5. December 1940–March 1941: First Canadian Christmas and Winter 6. April–August 1941 7. September–December 1941 8. January–September 1942: The Farm, Summer Camp, and New Experiences 9. October–December 1942 10. January–July 1943: Last Months in Canada 11. July–August 1943: Return to England 12. 1943–1947: Transition from a War Guest to a Canadian

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W. A. B. (Alec) Douglas was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and spent his early childhood years in England. From 1940-43 he lived in Canada as a “war guest,” and he later returned to attend the University of Toronto. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1951 to 1973 when he was appointed director of the Directorate of History, National Defence Headquarters. He is the author of numerous books, including official histories of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. He lives in Ottawa. Roger Sarty, history professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, was in previous careers senior historian at the Department of National Defence and deputy director at the Canadian War Museum. His other books on the Canadian Army in the Maritimes include Saint John Fortifications (2003, with Doug Knight) and Guardian of the Gulf: Sydney Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars (2012, with Brian Tennyson).

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