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100 Years Ago: Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Leave of Absence for Soldiers in Canada to Harvest Crops

The Intelligencer July 8, 1915 (page 4)

Soldiers and staff on the verandah of a pavillion ward at Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915 [1]

Soldiers and staff on the verandah of a pavillion ward at Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915

“Duchess of Connaught Hospital at Cliveden. Where Canadian

Soldiers are Being Brought Back to Health. Amongst the many hospitals, where our sick, and wounded soldiers are being brought back to health, there is perhaps no institution which will appeal to Canadians more than the Duchess of Connaught hospital at Cliveden, a beautiful country house, along the famous upper reaches of the Thames. …

Drivers maintain an ambulance, Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915 [2]

Drivers maintain an ambulance, Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915

It should be remembered that this hospital is a Canadian institution in every way. It is manned by Canadian doctors and nurses, by Canadian non-commissioned officers and men; it receives Canadian wounded and is supported and kept up by Canadian money. It only remains for the Canadian people as a whole to give their whole-hearted financial support to this Canadian hospital where our own fellow-countrymen will be brought back to health and strength.”

Beds outside at Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915 [3]

Beds outside at Duchess of Connaught Hospital, c.1915

The Intelligencer July 8, 1915 (page 8)

“Soldiers To Go Home To Harvest The Crop. Ottawa. Leave of absence of one month may be granted to non-commissioned officers and men of the expeditionary forces in Canada for the purpose of enabling them to take part in the harvesting work throughout the country. A statement to this effect was issued by the acting Minister of Militia this morning. …

They must proceed to the harvest fields in their working clothes, leaving uniforms and equipment with their units. Pay and allowance will be withheld during leave, but this will be paid them on return with satisfactory proof that they have been bonafide engaged in harvesting work during the whole period of leave. To establish this fact a certificate from the employer must be produced.”