Can anybody confirm whether it was common practice to invent a wife so as money from wages could be sent home to the family while the son was fighting in WW1, as we have discovered a mystery woman as…

Can anybody confirm whether it was common practice to invent a wife so as money from wages could be sent home to the family while the son was fighting in WW1, as we have discovered a mystery woman as a wife to my great grandfather that nobody knows about and there is no records of but money was sent from his wage to his mothers house address. Any ideas or a way of confirming any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Debra on February 23, 2015 at 10:41

Hi Rodney,

There really wasn't any need to do this as soldiers could choose to allot a part of their pay to anyone who was dependant on them and that could be a mother, sister etc.  It was compulsory for married soldiers to allot part of their pay to their dependants whether that was a wife or children.

You may be talking about a separation allowance which could be payable to different family members and you can read about the 1918 version here http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/157101154  It was ammended a few times.

Perhaps nobody in the family actually qualified to get the allowance so they were telling a few fibs?  Then again maybe you don't know everything about your great grandfather!!

Can you tell us his name?

Cheers,

Debra

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