Witley, April 7, 1917

Saturday  Were paid on Thurs we were all badly [bent] organized a route march this aft for the purpose of getting suplies [sic] Todays paper confirms U.S. declaration of war on Germany

And so did Toronto’s Globe, reporting that Woodrow Wilson had signed the war bill, and that action was under way to assist the Allies.

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You will recall that Percy was earning $1.10 a day On His Majesty’s Service abroad, and that he assigned $20 a month to his brother Edward. That left him between $10.80 and $13 a month for his personal expenses. The pay records in his file show that no cash payments had been made to him in February or March, so it was no wonder that they were all “bent” or broke. At the end of March he had $280 in his brother’s keeping, and $46.95 to his credit (at the end of April, $35.61) on the paymaster’s books.

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