The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1916. OUR RETURNED SOLDIERS.
In another column we publish an article from the Wellington "Dominion" .in which Captain Donald Simson outlined the formation of a Returned Soldiers' Association for New Zealand which is to work on the same lines as a similar association in the Commonwealth of Australia. He states that an information bureau will be one of the main features of the association. "This information bureau would be a record of all the men who have come back, now about 5000. The records will serve as a guide in the settlement of all grievances that may arise, and it will probably be found that the grievances of the 5000 men we have r-ere will be typical of those of the much larger number still to come. For this and other reasons the information bureau should be valuable."
The formation of such an association appears to us to be highly necessary, especially from the returned soldiers' point of view and also to the men at the •front and thorn at present in camp h<T!: and enlistirr. On several ec'z;\:X:r.p: : -. rerently it has h\- ( :n b rough: ;.;;h;-.,r our notice that ttlcri ha'" -''.":;■":ed ir-r.npac-itried, riot rn\ <■■■;.: Ay 'red- U> .such mi extern that they are unable to take up any occupation where manual strength is required, for pi 7 or months. T?-j .--,v--t-.c r M-hrr-o the men ': - .-'• ; ';; : -.or circumstances, :'---. -■- ■■• applied to the Patriotic v -■- :■•':•■ c in Cirri =vtchurch for -.-•■' -■■' ::. with little satisfacuo;., pkl they have complained bitterly of their treatment on their arrival home. If this is the case an p.s.sociation of the r-iture suggested above is going to do a great deal of good. We are sure it is the intention of every person who has given to the Patriotic; Funds that they should assist these men back to health and their old occupations and also to assist the men permanently incapnciated by enhancing their Government pension. If the Patriotic Committee fail in these objects then there is cause for serious complaint. Another complaint made by several returned men is the delay that takes place before they can get the pay due to them. In one case a returned man was to receive £60 odd in pay and had to seek assistance at the C.D.C. office in Christchurch. The CD. C. gave him £1, which, as he pointed out would not go far to maintaining him, though he wasl Ernteful to the C.D.C. for it. . It appears then that this newl could do much good!
work in assisting these returned Ph.' M!,'.'- '\v;:"ki:.>g ii; ■-..:■.ji;notion v.'iiii ihe iieiVnce a-.;Ui'.;rii.ie.s and the Patriotic Committee. We are sure that it is the remotest wish in the world that the men who have been fighting our battles on Gallipoli should have any complaint to make on their home-coming, and it is for this reason we have mentioned two cases that have come under our notice.