One Canadian in eight volunteered to fight between 1914 and 1918 and more than half of them were enlisted. Soldiers left their families behind to the tender mercy of a tight-fisted government and the Canadian Patriotic Fund, a national charity dominated by its wealthy donors. In time, the soldiers were remembered as the sacrificial heroes who won Canada a respected place in the world. The women who paid in loneliness and poverty were as easily forgotten as their letters, soaked in blood and Flanders mud. Fight or Pay tells the story of what happened to the soldiers' families and their quiet contributions to a fairer deal for Canadians in peace and war.
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IllustrationsPrefaceAbbreviations1. War and Families2. Pay and Allowances3. The Patriotic Fund4. Choices and Responsibilities5. Homecomings6. Grumbling and Complaining7. Victory for Whom?8. Never AgainAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex