German officers banned from using matrimonial agencies.

Published: 1 May 1914

Officers of the German Army and Navy have been forbidden, on pain of dismissal, to use matrimonial agencies to find a wife. The ban has come into place after several using agencies resulted in several legal trials in the past year. During the course of the trials it appeared that many German officers patronised these establishments in the hope of improving their financial condition by making rich marriages.

In their reporting of the story the Irish Independent commented that they would have assumed that the ‘dashing young officers of the Kaiser’s Army and Navy would have found no difficulty in contracting suitable matrimonial arrangements without having recourse of agencies.’

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