|Telegram sent from Gwendoline's parents upon her departure to America on the Queen Mary.|
Six months had passed since Gwen last saw Bill, when Gwen finally boarded the Queen Mary for the United States.
Gwen wrote about those days crossing the Atlantic in her memoirs ~ dated 1999
After 5 1/2 days we docked in New York and I will never forget my first night and morning in America. It was close to midnight when I was told to get ready to leave the ship to be taken to the 7th Regiment Armory in New York City where I was told my husband would be waiting for me. However, after waiting for several hours and watching the many joyful reunions that took place that night (but no Bill), an elderly couple who had befriended me gave me sufficient American money to enable me to place a phone call to Baltimore to find out what had gone wrong! Well, it turned out that the Red Cross organization had told Bill to stay in Baltimore and to meet me at Camden Station.......and the Red Cross in New York had told me he would be at the Armory in New York! Any rate, after eventually being taken to the American Hotel to try to get a little rest, we were put on board a train the following afternoon for Baltimore, arriving some 2 1/2 hours later --and there was Bill waiting at the station. It was sheer ecstasy to finally be with him to live what I hoped would be, and what has turned out to be to this moment in time, the rest of our lives together. "
|Gwen and Carol on the right on board the Queen Mary.|
Even the AP guys misspelled Bill's name, it's Wilbur!
The Queen Mary was the second transport ship to arrive New York, New York 8 February 1945. On board daily mimeographed newsletters were produced to keep the brides informed of daily goings on, meal times and cartoons.
|This is a reproduction of a drawing found in one of the on board newspapers. |
Both the women and their babies were tagged when boarding to keep things straight.
|This is another image reproduced from the daily newspapers on board the Queen Mary |
while transporting it's precious cargo of War Brides and their babies to America.
|Menu from the Queen Mary while transporting the War Brides and their babies.|
Seems by the hand written comment, Gwen was very happy with the menus!
After six years of war time food supplies in England.
|Image from one of the daily new sheets produced on the Queen Mary February 1946|
Gwendoline was interviewed as she arrived by train in Baltimore by reporters of The Sunpapers.
|Arrival in Baltimore...seems the paper got Bill's name wrong again! February 1946|
|The British Newspapers ran headlines "The Petticoat Pilgrims." |
This paper clipping was sent to Gwen in the US, in a letter by Kate Hudman Wilkins, Gwen's mother.
(Notice the TAGS on all the coats of the women and babies)