Women Overseas: Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps

Women Overseas: Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps

Women Overseas

Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps

Edited by Frances Martin Day, Phyllis Spence, and Barbara Ladouceur


  • Autumn 1998
  • ISBN 978-0-921870-61-6 (0-921870-61-2)
  • ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-096-5
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 382 pages
  • Memoirs, History, Women’s Studies

In these Red Cross memoirs, some 30 women tell their stories of volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross Corps in overseas postings during World War Two and the Korean War. These dramatic narratives take us across oceans infested with enemy submarines to witness Canadian women on duty in the U.K., in Europe and in Asia.

The volunteers shouldered challenging and often dangerous jobs, working as nurse’s aides, ambulance drivers, welfare officers, cooks, transport drivers and in the social clubs Canadian soldiers visited on leave. We learn how it feels to survive daily bombings and severe food shortages, to witness death and destruction all around, and to acquire the spirit and courage exhibited by so many “ordinary” people during the war.

Laced with humour and filled with grace, these stories are a testament to the vital yet often overlooked responsibilities that thousands of women gallantly accepted for the Allied war effort. Women Overseas is a companion volume to the national bestseller Blackouts to Bright Lights: Canadian War Bride Stories. It contains many period photographs as well as an illuminating introduction to the Canadian Red Cross Corps.

“A poignant record of some remarkable Canadian women.” —Ben Wicks