Contracts, challenges, hardships and the ‘liminal space’
in Serving the empire in the Great War
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This chapter outlines the issues that arose for the British in relation to the contracts they offered the Cypriots. Pivotal to recruitment was the contracts offered to the muleteers, which defined their rights and responsibilities, and those of the British. The significant threat to recruitment was the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis in muleteers at the Famagusta Mule Depot in April 1918. The chapter deals with the problems of implementing of one of the main British responsibilities, the promise of an allotment scheme. Running the allotment scheme was one of the most important tasks of the Cypriot government. It had agreed with Sisman on 24 July 1916 that it would distribute muleteer allotments to their dependents if the military provided the amounts, names, addresses and conditions under which the allotments were payable.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory


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