Veterans and their families after service
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This chapter explores the impact of death and incapacity on veterans and dependants. It looks at issues that veterans faced after returning and resettling into Cypriot life, which had changed dramatically because of the Great War. The chapter discusses what the Cypriot government and military authorities did to alleviate the social and financial difficulties of veterans and their families, and what private organisations, namely the British Legion, did to aid those in need. It also looks at one of the solutions found by the men, emigration. Emigrating was one way out of the poverty. Military service had given the men a taste of working overseas. Many veterans were repatriated only to soon emigrate, while others stayed behind. Many members of the Cypriot Mule Corps remained in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey to continue to serve or had settled in Constantinople and wanted their medals.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory


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