Manitoba Organization: Manitoba War Brides Association

This organization for women who married Canadian veterans of the First World War and Second World War was founded in 1982 by Lilian Bird of Portage la Prairie. To be considered a war bride, and therefore eligible for membership, a woman had to have arrived in Canada before 30 September 1947 with her travel paid by the Canadian government.

The organization was disbanded in 2006 due to dwindling membership.





Lilian Ethel Brewer Bird (1920-2011)

ten years

Cecilia Hope “Celia” Knight (1920-2006)

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Legislative Building (450 Broadway, Winnipeg)


“Immigrant not really war bride,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1995, page 42.

“War brides honoured,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 2006, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 February 2023