Veteran Stories:
Margaret Fleming

  • The Memory Project, Historica Canada
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"I heard by rumour that the troop train was leaving that night. And I hadn’t seen him. So I got a Wren friend of mine... and I talked my way on board the troop trains, saying I had an urgent message for the fellow in charge of the the troops. And I got to see him. That was the last I saw him."

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The first winter we were married, we saw very little of each other because he was ferrying planes across Canada, from one SFTS [Service Flying Training School] to another. I don’t know what they were doing with them but they used to fly across Canada all the time. Then, when he was posted overseas, I wangled a leave and went to Halifax because I knew he had gone to Halifax. You didn’t know where they were in those days. I heard, by rumour, that the troop train was leaving that night. And I hadn’t seen him. So I got a Wren [Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service]* friend of mine — an officer, a Wren officer — and I talked my way on board the troop trains, saying I had an urgent message for the fellow in charge of the troops. And I got to see him. That was the last I saw him. They went off in the night. They used to take them off, out of Halifax and up the coast a way. The ship taking them over was up the coast. So, I still don’t know where it was. They went out and did it at night, no lights. No running lights.

 

 

 

Interview with Margaret Fleming - FCWM Oral History Project

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George Metcalf Archival Collection

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