Friday 9 March 1917 – frost
Biddy sails for Canada with Eileen.
Sir Rob. L. Borden inspects 7th Bde. @ Bruay.
New maps come in which upset all our others as regards co-ordinates. Work for nothing.
*Sir Robert Borden was Canada’s prime minister from 1911 to 1920. Borden’s decision in early 1917 to invoke conscription, or compulsory service, in order to maintain Canada’s armies in the field nearly tore the country apart. He believed strongly in imperial solidarity and the necessity of a large-scale military and industrial contribution, and returned in May 1917 from a visit to London and to the battlefront in France convinced that Canada must make every effort, including conscription, to maintain its forces overseas. He won the ensuing fall election amidst controversy and fierce recriminations, maneuvering many Liberals into supporting his Unionist ticket by making the conscription issue a test of loyalty to King and country. The conscription debate continued through the end of the war, embroiled in larger controversies over Western alienation from central Canada, French-English relations, and the power of the federal government in the lives of Canadians .(www.warmuseum.ca)