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They met because of Hitler

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:09 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My mother served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross and was based in England from about 1943 to 1945. My father served in the artillery in the Canadian Army and fought in Italy from about 1943 to 1945. They were both Canadians but grew up thousands of kilometres apart in Canada and would never have met if they hadn't volunteered to serve in World War Two. They actually met when my father attended one of the 'Active Service Canteen' socials in London at which my mother was volunteering.


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Wartime photos of my parents (Objects 33-34), and photos of my mother's pins, badges, and uniform jacket from World War Two that were either earned by her or given to her by various servicemen whom she had met (Objects 1-32)

Person the story/items relate to

Helene Mahaffey (née McMordie) and Raymond Mahaffey

Person who shared the story/items

Patrick Mahaffey

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

My mother and father

Type of submission

Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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