Ex-Servicemen after the Great War – 31 January

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.

Speakers: 

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.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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