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Money And A Peep Show

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Money And A Peep Show

We were highly paid soldiers over there. The only people that were a little better off was the Aussies. We had, they got about ten cents a day more than we did. When we went on leave from France of course we, we only got enough money from the paymaster to take as far as London and that so we had to go to Millbank, straight to the Canadian pay and we got our pay, we drew our pay there for the fourteen days leave or as much as we had coming. Well, the Australians, they had their pay officers on Horse Ferry Road. Stay out of Horse Ferry Road if you're a Canadian and stay off of Millbank if you're an Aussie but if any of the Brits or the Tommie's got messed up with us well then we got... But the jocks they sensibly stayed out of it, they only battled between themselves but they, no we were, oh we were the kilt, ya know, we really were proud of that. Always when we went on leave go up the upper deck after all the chiffies got... all the women, all girls, women conductors...

Mr. Henley describes how the Canadians and Australians kept their distance from one another on paydays, and how he and his kilted buddies would treat the girls at dockside by standing on the ship's upper deck when they were going on or returning from leave.

Roy Henley

Roy Henley was born in London, Ontario on September 29, 1898. After enlisting in Toronto in 1916 with the 166th Queens Own Rifles, he was discharged with suspected tuberculosis. Mr. Henley re-enlisted, sailed to England aboard the horse transport SS Welshman, and joined the Quebec Regiment. Mr. Henley's recollections are detailed, sometimes graphic and occasionally humorous. His experiences spanned many battles; the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Cambrai and Arras.

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Roy Henley
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First World War

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