‘The fortunes of war’ – uncertainty and economic hardship

Barbara Hately-Broad

in War and Welfare

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719078545
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702352 | DOI:
‘The fortunes of war’ – uncertainty and economic hardship

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This chapter deals with the administration of allowances for the families of servicemen taken captive both by the Germans and Italians in Europe and by the Japanese in the Far East. It explains the problem of delays to payment of allowances suffered by many service families and the problems associated with ascertaining the true status of ‘missing’ servicemen. Prisoner-of-war families often faced further delays to the payment of their allowances in relation to the physical arrangements for such payments. The chapter explores different schemes, whereby the families of prisoners of war could receive the allowances as well as withdraw the amount from the servicemen's account. It discusses how the driving force behind the decision was the scale of the administrative burden caused by the implementation of such a system rather than the needs of the families concerned.

Keywords: allowances; missing servicemen; prisoner; war families; administrative burden

Chapter.  8666 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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