100 Years Ago: Soldiers’ Wives Should Stay in Canada

The Intelligencer August 26, 1916 (page 3)

“Wives Should Stay in Canada. Ottawa. Word has been received here from people engaged in relief work in London and elsewhere in England that a number of wives of Canadian soldiers now fighting in France are suffering distress because of lack of means of support.

In a number of cases the wives of Canadian soldiers left for England without notifying the military authorities, and they as a consequence are now without their separation allowances.

The wives of officers who have gone to England usually know how to look after themselves, but many of the wives of Canadian soldiers who are stranded in London are totally ignorant of what to do. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families’ Association have given aid in some cases.

The military authorities here state that it is most unwise for the wives of soldiers to think of going to England unless they have private means of support.”