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> War Bride Stories > Phyllis (nee Coffill) Burrows

My name is Phyllis (nee Coffill) Burrows and this is my story.

I met my husband at a dance in London and we were married on February 16, 1941. We recently celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. My husband was based in Aldershot and he was one of the first Canadians into Sicily where he was severely wounded and spent time in a hospital in North Africa.

I came with my daughter Patricia Anne to Halifax in March of 1944 on the troop ship, Andes. Pat was born on December 27, 1941. We took the train from Halifax to Chatham, Ontario, where we lived with my husband's parents for about a year. After that, we purchased our first home in Chatham. Our son, John Cameron, was born in Chatham on March 28, 1947. Subsequently, in about 1955, we moved to a new home also in Chatham, where we lived until December of 1967. At that time, we relocated to Windsor, Ontario.

At this time, I am a resident of Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham and my husband is still well and living on his own in our residence in Windsor, Ontario.

For many years, I was a member of the War Brides Club in Chatham, Ontario - some of the members were Moira (Poppy) Passien (still living), Isabel Lenover (deceased), Frances Hone (deceased).This club eventually stopped meeting and I think there are only a couple of us left.

I have been back to England on probably half a dozen occasions to see my family as I was the only member who came to Canada of seven siblings.

This information is being submitted on my behalf by my daughter, Patricia Anne (Burrows) Belanger who resides just outside of Chatham, Ontario, and is my primary caregiver.

I can be contacted by email through my daughter at

Story submitted June 3, 2001.

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