War brides honoured during St. Andrew’s Day celebrations

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CORNER BROOK — The Scottish Heritage Society of Western Newfoundland honoured four of its members during its recent St. Andrew’s Day celebration.

Sisters Mary and Marion Hann, Kay Roswell and Mary Gould were recognized as outstanding representatives of their homeland.

They came to Newfoundland in the 1940s, having met and married soldiers from this province during the Second World War.

During a dinner and celebration at Bennett Hall in Corner Brook on Nov. 30, the four ladies were called patrons of their own — for their native land and their adoptive homes.

The Hann sisters not only fell in love with Newfoundland soldiers, but also brothers from Corner Brook — Bill and Vic Hann. They each lived and raised their families in Corner Brook, where they still live.

Gould, and her husband Mike, made their home in Port Saunders, and also lived in Port au Choix and Hawkes Bay. Her family came to Corner Brook in 1956, where she still lives.

Rowsell moved to Corner Brook with her husband Alec, and has remained ever since.

Kathleen Snow, chair of the society, detailed some of the experiences and perceptions of the war brides for the group. She passed along their stories of their first visits — their thoughts on the harsh winters or the hot summers, and the different lives they would learn to lead.

“I think we need to salute these Scottish ladies who represent their homeland and their adopted land so well,” Snow said.

The four war brides are honourary members of the society, and have contributed to their communities in many ways throughout the years.

Organizations: Scottish Heritage Society of Western Newfoundland

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland, Port Saunders Port au Choix Hawkes Bay

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