Toiling with the Allies Overseas
The first American combat troops arrived in France in June 1917. Shortly after, on August 12th, 11 Salvation Army War Service Workers sailed for France on the Espagne. The group, made up of a married couple, three single women and six single men, began their ministry in the trenches.
To recruit War Service volunteers, advertisements were placed in the War Service Herald. The ads noted “tourists or butterflies” need not apply. Applicants were required to have Christian hearts and be prepared to work hard and sacrifice as much as the soldiers they were going to serve.
In total, 244 Salvationist men and women served the American troops during combat in France and post-war occupation duties in Germany.