The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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Seven Years Already

Thinking of Mum today and every day…

Doris Elizabeth Smeed Milne (3 Feb 1919 – 14 Sept 2009)

Doris E. Smeed

Doris E. Smeed

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A June Wartime Wedding

Robert Gordon Milne (1921 – 1991) and Kathleen Jenners (1923 – 2008) were married on 11 June 1942 in Newbury, Berkshire, England. Bob was serving in the Canadian Army Overseas at the time.

In 1946, Kath, a war bride, joined Bob in Canada along with their daughter, Ann. The couple had another daughter, Lauraine and a son, Wayne. They lived near Listowel for a time and eventually settled in Ingersoll.

Bob and Kath


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Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed Knowles

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed was born on 16 August 1921 in Dormansland, Surrey, England. She was the daughter of Charles Smeed 3rd and Frances Tester Smeed. Phyllis married Harold Knowles on 19 July 1941 in Dormansland.

Phyllis came to St. Thomas, Ontario with her two young daughters, Mary and Betty, in 1946 as a war bride. Two sons, Bill and John, were born once Phyllis and Harold were in Canada.

Phyllis died on 15 June 1995 in St. Thomas.

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed