March 22, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The attention of Sir Edward Kemp, Minister of the Overseas Military Forces, has been directed to certain animadversions which, from time to time, have appeared in the press with regard to the officers and men who are
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employed at headquarters at Argyll House in London. Argyll House is the headquarters for some hundreds of thousands of men who are now engaged in France or in Great Britain in the military service of this Dominion. In a telegram received recently from Sir Edward Kemp he has asked me to make public the following statement, and I accordingly do so:
Of seventy-six officers and two hundred and nine other ranks employed at Argyll House fifty-five officers and one hundred and twenty-eight other ranks have seen service in the Field, the great majority of whom were evacuated owing to wounds. Sixty-four of the other ranks without overseas service are at present unfit for general service. On becoming fit they Will immediately be replaced by returnel casualties. May I direct attention to the fact that the officers in charge of this responsible work at Argyll House are men of high reputation. They are Canadian citizens whose names for the most part are household words in Canada. Generally they have abandoned occupations at great sacrifice to perform a service for their country. Heads of branches have seen service at the Front and they are continually pressing claims to be freed from onerous, difficult and exacting tasks with which they have to deal at headquarters in order that they may return to the Front.

Topic:   ARGYLL, HOUSE EMPLOYEES.
Subtopic:   STATEMENT BY SIR ROBERT BORDEN.
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