Separation allowance for dependents of unmarried soldiers, or widowers, during the war.
With a large part of the male working population volunteering or in later years being conscripted to go off to war, many families found themselves in a position where they lost a proportion or in some cases all of their household income. The Separation Allowance consisted of a portion of a soldier’s pay, which was generally matched by the government, to ensure that the soldier’s dependents were not left destitute.
- Article by:
- Susan Grayzel
Professor Susan R Grayzel studies the range of roles women carried out in World War One within domestic labour, waged industrial labour, and military nursing and doctoring.