The Pilgrim Mothers

The exodus of British women who married Canadian servicemen during the Second World War was one of the strangest migrations in modern history, as tens of thousands of young wives and mothers travelled across the ocean in bride and baby convoys to start their new lives.

From the dance halls of wartime Britain to the vast empty spaces of Canada, the pilgrim mothers had to adjust to a very different way of life, often with comparative strangers as husbands.

Edi Stark taps into the Canadian War Brides network and meets the women who gambled their whole lives on love.

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The exodus of British women who married Canadian servicemen during the Second World War was one of the strangest migrations in modern history, as tens of thousands of young wives and mothers travelled across the ocean in bride and baby convoys to start their new lives.

From the dance halls of wartime Britain to the vast empty spaces of Canada, the pilgrim mothers had to adjust to a very different way of life, often with comparative strangers as husbands.

Edi Stark taps into the Canadian War Brides network and meets the women who gambled their whole lives on love.