The 3rd Division, part of the 39th Battalion, moved to the front-line near Houplines in December of 1917. During World War I, the Australian Y.M.C.A pooled their resources with the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand to form the International Hospitality League, which provided social services to all Allied troops. In London, the Y.M.C.A. International Hospitality League opened inquiry kiosks, primarily for the benefit of overseas troops, in Trafalgar and Leicester Squares, Charing Cross, Victoria and Euston stations, the Strand, and in Parliament Square. From January 1918 to April 1921, 826,338 men were dealt with by Y.M.C.A. street patrols; 1,195,496 were welcome in the social rooms; 55,008 provided with free hospitality and entertainment in private homes; thousands of men were taken from the streets and assisted to their quarters; 301,548 were kept from the temptations of the streets by free entertainments in theatres and other places of amusement; 170,637 were piloted round historic London by honorary guides, while no fewer than 2,197,840 inquiries were actually registered at the inquiry bureau. 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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