We’ll Meet Again: Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War

Katherine Dewar

From fire-watching during bombing raids in blacked-out London to surviving the sinking of a transport ship in the Mediterranean, We’ll Meet Again shares the incredible stories of women from Prince Edward Island who served in the Second World War. Drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, community histories and archival research, Dewar demonstrates how the on- and off-duty experiences these women had in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Canadian Army Medical Corps, the South African Military Nursing Service, and Red Cross tested their stamina, their courage, and their compassion—qualities these women embodied for the rest of their lives.

We’ll Meet Again highlights women’s struggles to be recognized as valuable assets to the war effort and outlines the political and perceptional shifts that lead to the formation of the different women’s services. An appendix lists over 700 women from PEI who served in the Second World War, many of whom had never left the Island before attending basic training. They welcomed their new roles and responsibilities as cooks, drivers, nurses, writers, parachute packers, and entertainers. Many made lifelong friendships.  A few of them even found love. After their return, many women continued to serve as public health nurses, dieticians, homemakers, and volunteers, making a lasting contribution to their communities. 

October 2021
304 pages | softcover | 80+ photos
ISBN 978-1-988692-49-4


Katherine Dewar is the author of two award-winning books, Those Splendid Girls and Called to Serve, which chronicle the lives of the military women of PEI.  Dewar has been honoured by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the PEI Community Museums Association, the City of Summerside, and the Canadian Nurses Association for her contributions in recording PEI women’s history.

We’ll Meet Again in the News

CBC Mainstreet Remembrance Day Interview with Margaret Dumont

The Guardian: P.E.I. women who served during Second World War honoured in new book

CBC Mainstreet PEI: Matt Rannie chats with Katherine Dewar about her new book We’ll Meet Again.

West Prince Graphic: Foxley River resident featured in new book about Island women serving in the Second World War

CBC News: P.E.I. historian’s new book aims to preserve the ‘amazing stories’ of WW II women.

CBC News: Denied in 1945, female WWII vet finally gets membership to legion at age 96.
Jean MacLean is just one of the women profiled in We’ll Meet Again.