Aftermath of First World War explored
Sir, The full coverage and excellent images in your paper of the Remembrance Day service and parade reminded us of the continuing role of the Royal British Legion and other military charities in supporting those who suffer in body and mind as a consequence of war.
As regards the First World War, it is true that the guns “fell silent” on Armistice Day, 11th November, 1918, and the fighting and killing stopped. But the effects of the war were far from over.
The aftermath of four long years of death and destruction left its scars on the civilian population in Penrith. Britain had to mourn its dead and try to get back to some semblance of normality again. The demobilisation of the Army was itself a huge operation. Some three million men and women were returned home during 1919.
In addition there were about three million munition workers, many of them women, whose wartime jobs had become redundant.
Lest we forget what happened in the period immediately after the Armistice, the Penrith Remembers group has promoted an important new publication, The Soldiers’ Peace, by Dr Mike Senior, which sets out step-by-step the actions taken by the government to deal with the many problems connected with the return of men and women to civilian life.
We will be bringing our project Penrith Remembers 1914-1918 to an end in mid-January with special memorial events, films and the publication of research done by Richard Preston and his group of volunteers. Yours etc,
(Co-chairman, Penrith Remembers)