Regarding the epidemic of marriages
In this 1916 cartoon by quick-sketch cartoonist Harry Julius, an Allied soldier in a hospital bed is being cared for by a nurse. Suddenly he leaps up and proposes marriage to her and she accepts.
A report issued in March 1916 observed that wounded and convalescing Anzac troops were falling in love with their nurses, and marrying them. Officials were concerned that these marriages, made in haste during exceptional circumstances, might not be wise. The situation became further complicated as servicemen applied for grants to bring their new brides back to Australia.