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been lent for the use of Canadian convalescent officers and their wives. In about 150 homes in the British Isles, Canadian officers on sick leave are received as guests, remaining from two weeks to a month. There will be no tie more binding between Canada and the Motherland than the memory of the hospitality and companionship enjoyed during these days of convalescence. The Red Cross arranges for an officer to be its guest at a comfortable hotel or boarding house when he wishes to go to some part of the country where, at the time, no invitations are available, or when his "Board" recommends some special locality.

When men are reported "Missing" by the Record Office, this Bureau immediately makes enquiries through the British Red Cross whose "searchers" visit rest camps, base depots, ambulance trains, and hospitals in France and in Great Britain. They find men of the same battalion as the missing men, and by careful enquiry are sometimes able to get definite information as to their fate. All the particulars thus obtained are carefully filed. Lists of the missing are also circulated through prison camps in Germany, thus giving an opportunity to a man knowing anything about a former comrade to write to his family.

All enquiries about men who have been killed in action are also made through the searchers. They are often more successful here than in the case of the missing. Such comforting details as that her boy did not suffer, that he was buried by his comrades, that his grave is marked and will be cared for, bring some ray of comfort to the heart of many a bereaved mother. Often, too, quite unsolicited, the highest tribute is paid to a man's character in words expressing his undaunted courage and the devotion of his comrades to him.

Mrs. David Fraser has been in charge of the Parcels Department for over two years. As the work has grown, room after room has had to be added to the department until now ten rooms scarcely supply the space required


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