Spring Rice Document, The: Newfoundland at War 1914 – 1918
Within ten days of the Newfoundland Governor receiving the ‘Spring Rice Document’, two armed patrol vessels, each carrying an armed forty man unit of the Newfoundland Regiment, were on their way to the Harbour Deep area of northern Newfoundland.
The Newfoundland Government, acting on information contained in the document, ordered all enemy aliens in Newfoundland to be detained; including eight of nine Moravian missionaries in Labrador. While these events were unfolding, Newfoundlanders in Europe were being slaughtered in battles fought on poorly based strategies, which Winston Churchill described as “doomed offences”. The Spring Rice Document not only tells the story of Newfoundland in WWI, but also sheds new light on the decisions made and the battles fought and enhances the admiration and respect for those whose courage, dedication, and loyalty contributed to changing world history.
“There are few people who experienced the extraordinary events that Jack Ford witnessed and endured during World War II. And fewer still who have spoken so eloquently about them. His account of what he survived in Japan’s POW camps is articulate, unflinchingly honest, and courageously human.”
Michael Crummey, author of Galore