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CHAPTER XV.

THE 1939/1946 WAR SERVICE OF THE WELSH YMCA.

FOREWORD

W.H.MAYNE – CHAIRMAN AND HONOURARY TREASURER

We believe the following statement of the work of the YMCA amongst H.M. Forces in Wales during the war years will be read with interest and satisfaction by the very many who by their own service and gifts made it possible.

"Countless messages of thanks and appreciation were received, not only from the men and women who had been helped and cheered, but from their parents and relatives.

From our Headquarters in London we received every consideration and encouragement.

All the way through, the War Emergency Committee worked loyally and whole- heartedly together and I know they would like me to say that whatever success attended their efforts, it was in no small measure, due to the wise foresight and untiring efforts of our esteemed National Secretary, Mr. W. J. Pate, M.A.

We thank God for the privilege of service and feel grateful for the blessing He has vouchsafed to follow our endeavours."

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In July and August of 1939, when the international situation was full of tension, Territorial troops and young militiamen were undergoing training in various camps. The Welsh YMCA opened Centres in most camps and in these YMCA marquees, a canteen service and a programme of entertainments and religious services were operating. Towards the end of August, the Territorial Army was incorporated into the Regular Army and on 3rd September, war was declared.

As in 1914, it was obvious that a heavy responsibility for welfare work for a citizen army would fall on the YMCA during the period of the War which was about to commence.

Previous experience had shown the wisdom of long term planning. The Council of the YMCA and the Fraternal of employed Secretaries in Wales were soon in conference, and the policy and principles of work to be adopted were determined.

WAR EMERGENCY COMMITTEE

All Standing Committees were suspended and Executive Authority for YMCA work during the war period was vested in a War Emergency Committee of fifteen representatives. The President of the Council was Sir William James Thomas, Bart, Mr. W. H. Mayne, J.P., who had been Treasurer of the Movement for fifteen years, was asked to continue as Treasurer and to be Chairman of the War Emergency Committee.

GENERAL POLICY

The following principles were laid down:

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