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Ex-Servicemen after the Great War

Ex-Servicemen after the Great War

Find out more about this forgotten legacy of World War I

31 January 2015

31 January 2014, Ex-Servicemen after the Great War @ People's History Museum

Time 13:00 - 17:00

Duration 4 hours

Cost £5

At the end of World War I 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 World War I.  The day marks the end of the museum’s World War I exhibition,  A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918.  This event is a partnership with the University of Hertfordshire Everyday Lives in War and the Royal British Legion.

Part of First World War Centenary Programme.First World War Centenary, Led By IWM

  • 1.00pm – 1.30pm
  • 1.30pm – 2.15pm
    Ex-Soldiers in Revolutionary Ireland: The Cork Branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, 1918-1922
    John Borgonovo (University College Cork)
  • 2.15pm – 3.00pm
    Title to be confirmed
    Niall Barr (King’s College London)
  • 3.00pm – 3.30pm
    The ex-servicemen’s organisations and the unemployed workers’ movement
    Paul Burnham, historian
  • 3.30pm – 3.55pm
    Tea and coffee provided
  • 3.55pm – 4.25pm
    “For Class and Country” – Labour Patriots and the First World War
    David Swift (UCLan)
  • 4.25pm – 4.45pm 
    The Royal British Legion after World War II
    Vaughan Kent Payne (Royal British Legion)
  • 4.45pm – 5.00pm
    Open Session

Suitable for adults and young people

Booking Requirements:

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Refunds on ticket sales more than seven days in advance of an event are at the discretion of the museum
  • Refunds on ticket sales less than seven days in an advance of an event are non refundable