During World War I, the Australian Y.M.C.A. ran soldiers’ clubs, etc., in Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere. They also pooled their resources with the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand to form the International Hospitality League and provided social services to all Allied troops. The YMCA huts followed the advance of troops, and by 1916 there were thirty YMCA centers total by the canal, in the Sinai Desert, and in Cairo. Though the proprietors of these canteens considered their work a public service and their prices very reasonable given the circumstances, the men often complained bitterly about the cost of extra food. Some examples of food provided by the Y.M.C.A. in Egypt are hot cocoa, tea, lime juice, cake, and canned fruit. Whatever the prices, the huts were popular, and the men valued the writing tables, free stationary and wholesome entertainment. This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
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