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Marjorie Her War Years
A British Home Child in Canada
By (author): Patricia Skidmore Foreword by: Gordon Brown
9781459741669 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation Canada Aug 11, 2018
$30.00 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 460 gr 288 pages 37 B&W illustrations, notes, Bibliography, Index Dundurn
Her family broken apart and her identity taken away, she had to forget her past in order to face her future. But forgetting isn’t forever.

Taken from their mother’s care and deported from England to the colonies, ten-year-old Marjorie Arnison and her nine-year-old brother, Kenny, were sent to the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School on Vancouver Island in September 1937. Their eight-year-old sister, Audrey, followed the next August.

Marjorie's new home was on an isolated farm — a cottage she shared with at least ten other girls and a “cottage mother” at the head, who had complete control over her “children.”

Survival required sticking to bare essentials. Marjorie had to accept a loss, which was difficult to forgive. Turning inward, she would find strength to pull her through, but she had to lock away her memories in order to endure her new life.

Marjorie was well into her senior years before those memories resurfaced.

  • Biography of a British girl, split from her family by a wartime emigration program, learning to cope with her hard new life in Canada
  • Set during 1939-1942, as Marjorie copes with the loss of her family, her country, her roots, and her identity while Canada goes to war
  • A harsh critique of the “Home Children” child migration scheme under which more than 100,000 children were sent from the UK to Britain’s then-colonies
  • Australia apologized for its role in the Home Children program in 2009; Britain formally apologized the next year; Canada has stated that it will not apologize for the program
  • Author is Marjorie’s daughter
  • Foreword by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Patricia Skidmore is the daughter of a British child migrant. She lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.


For more information contact
Michelle Melski, mmelski@dundurn.com

An important book because it exposes the dark side of “civilized” society, as it reveals the strength of the human heart to rise above that darkness. - Rex Weyler, author of Blood of the Land and Greenpeace: The Inside Story

Marjorie’s memoir is important in helping us all to remember a time not too long ago when the ties which bind us became lost to Governments. This is a powerful reminder of the consequences of child migration. - Dr. Margaret Humphreys CBE, OAM

A testament to the human spirit, to resilience and reconciliation. - The Ormsby Review

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