Canadian Troops Return Home
When the war in Europe ended in May 1945, Canadian troops were repatriated as rapidly as possible. Most were back in Canada by early 1946. The Canadian National Exhibition grounds, which had become Toronto's main training grounds during the war, served as a post-war demobilization centre. The return of Sergeant Major Ernest Squire to Canada is the subject of this post.
Troopship RMS Queen Elizabeth to New York
RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York
Ernest Squire sailed from England to New York on troopship RMS Queen Elizabeth . On December 7, 1945, Squire sent a telegram to his family advising them of his arrival in New York:
"ARRIVED ON QUEEN ELIZABETH LEAVING ON SPECIAL TRAIN TODAY"
Telegram mailed from Toronto, December 7, 1945
Train From New York to Toronto, CNE Grounds
Sergeant Squire's family had been sent a post card on December 5, 1945, announcing the anticipated arrival of Sergeant Squire from the Queen Elizabeth on train number 307 at Toronto. The arrival date was not provided but the definite time of arrival of the train at the CNE grounds would be announced on Toronto radio stations. The reception was to take place at the Pure Food Building, Exhibition Grounds.
The card admitted the holder and party to the reception.
Toronto, December 5, 1945