We'll Meet Again by Katherine Dewar

Book release: We’ll Meet Again: Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War

by Katherine Dewar

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We’ll Meet Again: Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War by author Katherine Dewar shares the incredible stories of women from PEI who served in the Second World War—from fire-watching during bombing raids in blacked-out London to surviving the sinking of a transport ship in the Mediterranean.

Drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, community histories and archival research, Dewar demonstrates how the 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.

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.

Dewar is the author of two other books, Those Splendid Girls and Called to Serve, which chronicle the lives of the military women of PEI. She has been honoured by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the City of Summerside, the PEI Community Museums Association, and the Canadian Nurses Association for her contributions in recording PEI women’s history.

The book is published by Island Studies Press and designed by Ruby Square Graphic Design. A launch will be held in Charlottetown on October 23 at Trinity United and in Summerside on November 7 at Eptek Centre Arts & Culture Centre. Both events will begin at 2 pm. Space is limited at Eptek; call 888-8373 to reserve a seat. For info about the book, contact Bren (566-0386, ispstaff@upei.ca).

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