100 Years Ago: Soldiers Unfit for Service Apply to Return with Brides, Red Cross Tag Day, Returned Soldiers to Receive Allowances on Time

The Intelligencer September 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Return With Their Wives. London. The Canadian Associated Press understands that arrangements are pending for the return to Canada together of soldiers unfit for further service and their wives. Many men have married since their arrival in England. Some of their wives have never been in Canada.

Women under present conditions are only permitted to sail at infrequent intervals. Men awaiting return to Canada at Buxton have applied for permission to remain there till their wives are able to sail simultaneously.”

The Intelligencer September 8, 1917 (page 2)

“Red Cross Tag Day. A bevy of bright and beautiful lassies lined the principal streets today garbed in the attractive uniforms of Red Cross nurses and accepted donations to buy comforts and hospital supplies for the Canadian soldiers overseas. It was ‘Tag Day’ under the auspices of St. Julien Chapter, Daughters of the Empire, and many coins and bills were dropped in the boxes carried by the collectors.

The response was generous and the donations large and small were given with that eager cheerfulness, which is so significant of the desire and determination of Canadians to do everything possible for the comfort and happiness of the soldiers and help to win the greatest struggle for freedom the world has ever passed through.”

The Intelligencer September 8, 1917 (page 5)

“Soldiers’ Pay. A new order has been issued from Ottawa which will be of great interest to the returned soldiers of the city and district. It means that there will be no more scandals about pay being held up through the over-use of red tape. There will be money at the end of every two weeks for every returned soldier even though his documents have not come to Canada. …

The authorities here have been acting on an order that no money should be paid until the last pay certificate for the man concerned has arrived. This, due to the enormous amount of work at the War Office, has been delayed in some cases for months and months.

During these months the men have had to walk the streets of the city without any prospect of securing pocket money until the papers arrive showing the total amount to which the country is indebted to them. The order covers this by stating that every man may be given a small allowance at the end of every two weeks pending the arrival of the last pay certificate. These few dollars are then taken off the balance due to the man when the documents arrive and the total to date is balanced up.”