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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   231

Canada to whom we would say, in the words of Laurence Binyon:

`Your hearts are lifted up, your hearts

That have foreknown the utter price.

Your hearts burn upward like a flame

Of Splendour and of Sacrifice."

4. THE KING GEORGE AND QUEEN MARY
MAPLE LEAF CLUBS

 

Through her work at the Canadian Red Cross, begun early in 1915, Lady Drummond found that an immediate need existed for Residential Clubs for men from overseas when on leave in London. Especially was this need felt by men from the Front, for they themselves were the first to feel that, coming straight from the trenches, they were not fit, without a hot bath and complete change of clothing, to be taken in at any decent hotel.

Lady Drummond realized, however, that the need lay deeper still, that not only good lodging must be supplied our men, but a place where they should receive a friendly welcome and find cheerful and homelike surroundings. Many of these boys come from farms and small towns in Canada, and anyone who has felt the utter loneliness of a large city must realize what they experience, when, war-worn and exhausted, they arrive in the darkened streets of London.

A cable to Canada met with a ready response, and the project for opening a club in London for Canadian non-commissioned officers and men was soon under way. Others, too, who had at heart the welfare of the men from the Dominions, had become keenly alive to the necessity of some such undertaking. The Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville's generous offer of her house at 11 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, had just been accepted when Mr. Rudyard Kipling approached Lady Drummond on the subject of making some provision for oversea men on their disdischarge from hospital. He is a frequent visitor at the


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