Visits of Relatives to Sick and Wounded Soldiers in France
"With reference to the telegram dispatched to you today, informing you that permission to visit a soldier who was dangerously ill could not be granted, you are informed that it is regretted that, owing to the British and French military requirements, it has been necessary, for some time, to limit strictly the visits to France of relatives of the sick and wounded.
In cases, therefore, where relatives are notified that a soldier is in a dangerous condition through wounds or sickness, hut that permission to visit him cannot be granted, it must be understood that the case is one in which it has been decided that permission cannot at present be granted. Should it subsequently become possible to issue a permit, the person or persons to whom permission is given will be at once informed.
The Army Council wish the relatives of all ranks to understand that the limitation is one of the necessities of the military situation, and feel sure that they will readily accept it on this understanding.
In cases where permission to visit is given, the regulations have been simplified, and are as follows:
1. In cases where a soldier is in a dangerous condition through wounds or sickness, and there is no military objection to a visit being paid to him, a telegram (or letter preceded by telegram) granting permission will be sent by the Military Record Office to the relative who may visit him.
2. No passport or permit will be required, but the relative, if desiring to visit, must carefully preserve the telegram or letter granting permission, observe all the instructions given in it, and produce it before the Embarkation Commandant at the port named.
3. Two visitors will be allowed to visit the patient, if the following conditions are satisfied:
(i) If the two visitors are the wife and the father of the soldier, his wife and his mother, or his father and his mother.
(ii) If one visitor is his wife, his father or his mother, and she (or he) cannot travel without assistance.
In all other cases only one visitor will be allowed.
4. Free passages and accommodation will be given to all relatives permitted to visit soldiers, if they cannot afford to pay their own expenses. The arrangements for the journey will be notified to the relatives by the Record Office.