March 5—Three transports arrive in England with 4,000 Canadian troops.
March 14—Second contingent is now in camp in England; it is expected that these troops will soon go to the front.
March 26—Publication of first account by Official Canadian Recorder with troops in the field of contingent’s experiences; he states that there have been but few casualties so far; the infantry was held in reserve in the Neuve Chapelle fight, but the artillery was engaged.
March 27—There is made public in Ottawa the address delivered by General Alderon, commanding the Canadian Division, just before the men first entered the trenches; he warns against taking needless risks and tells the men he expects them to win, when they meet the Germans with the bayonet, because of their physique.
March 2—Order in Council promulgated providing for prize money for crews of British ships which capture or destroy enemy vessels to be distributed among officers and men at rate calculated at $25 for each person aboard the enemy vessel at beginning of engagement; British spy system has been so perfected that it is said in some respects to excel the German; Embassy in Washington denies that women or children are interned in civilian camps.
March 4—Government appeals to aviators of British nationality in United States and Canada to join the Royal Flying Corps.
March 8—Shipowner offers $2,000 apiece to next four merchant ships which sink German submarines.
March 9—House of Commons authorizes Government to take over control of engineering trade of country in order to increase output of war munitions.
March 14—John E. Redmond, leader of the Irish Nationalist Party, declares in speech that Ireland is now firmly united in England’s cause, and that 250,000 Irishmen are fighting for Britain.
March 15—Kitchener discusses the war situation in House of Lords, he expresses anxiety over supply of war materials and blames labor unions and dram shops in part for the slow output; he praises the Canadian and Indian troops and the French Army; passport rules for persons going to France are made more stringent.
March 16—Heavy losses among officers cause anxiety; T.P. O’Connor says Irish are with the Allies; stringent passport rules are extended to persons going into Holland.
March 19—In six days 511 officers have been lost in killed, wounded, and missing; newspapers hint at conscription.
March 20—Officers lost since beginning of the war, in killed, wounded, and missing, now total 5,476, of which 1,783 have been killed.
March 23—It is reported that a second German spy was shot in the Tower of London on March 5, that a third spy is under sentence, and that a fourth man, a suspect, is under arrest.
March 24—Earl Percy is acting as Official Observer with the expeditionary force; warships are ordered not to get supplies from neutral nations in Western Hemisphere.