Ex-Servicemen after the Great War
Saturday, 31 January 2015 1-5pm
People’s History Museum, Manchester
At the end of the First World War a number of distinct new political voices emerged. Famously, reform in 1918 brought a female voice to the electorate. Less well known is the growth in ex-servicemen’s organisations. Some were Radical in nature, and these groups provided a voice for hundreds of thousands of men who served in the conflict. With strong allegiances to class as well as nation, their political credentials were confirmed by running candidates in the 1918 election. The political dimension only came to an end with amalgamation to form the British Legion in 1921. Come and join historians and members of the Royal British Legion to discuss this forgotten legacy of the First World War. The day marks the end of the museum’s First World War exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class.
John Borgonovo (University College Cork) Ex-Soldiers in Revolutionary Ireland: The Cork Branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, 1918-1922
Niall Barr (King’s College London) Title to be confirmed
Paul Burnham The ex-servicemen’s organisations and the ex-servicemen’s movement
David Swift (UCLan) “For Class and Country” – Labour Patriots and the First World War
Vaughan Kent Payne (Royal British Legion) The Royal British Legion after WWII.
To register (£5) go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ex-servicemen-after-the-great-war-tickets-14141851659.
This event is a partnership with the University of Kent First World War Engagement Centre, Everyday Lives in War www.herts.ac.uk/everyday-lives-war and the Royal British Legion.