I still haven’t managed to make too much progress on finding out more information on the Canadian Native soldier who apparently died in Glasgow in 1916/17. However, while researching information about him and his unit, I’ve discovered some great tidbits from The Glasgow Herald newspaper’s archive.
These were all taken from the paper’s December 7-10th, 1916 editions. When it comes to ideas for stories, they’re an absolute gift for historical fiction writers.
Penpals wanted for Irish POWs imprisoned in Germany.
1,000 maids wanted in Canada. Travel and personal costs all paid for. (Why did Canada need 1,000 maids in the middle of a war??)
An ex-soldier, who married at the beginning of the war in 1914, was discharged a year later for medical reasons. His wife then ‘refused to take up house’ with him, so he ‘married’ another woman. He was found guilty of bigamy and jailed for 2 months and the woman he ‘married’ jailed for 30 days!
A psychic, who told a woman her husband would die in France, was jailed for causing emotional distress and lowering morale.
An angry letter from a woman whose husband was a POW. She was required to donate over 2 pounds sterling a month to insure he received care parcels while only receiving 3/4 of that per month to house, feed and clothe her family. Imagine the physical and mental hardships she must have suffered caring for her family while worrying about her husband.
I feel really sorry for the last woman you mentioned. Unfortunately, I don’t think that kind of attitude was unusual. Men controlled the money and had no idea what it took to feed and clothe a family.
You’re right, there is so much material out there to inspire writers. What I find amazing is how much of it is so utterly unbelievable. If we put these things into our stories people would say it was too far-fetched.
You’re absolutely right about them not having a clue about the cost of things. As for the truth being so far-fetched…people wouldn’t believe half the things in the papers if we put it into our stories.