‘Honour the dead, remember the living’ – Peace Day and protest, 19th July 1919

The Post War mood and context of Manchester life in July 1919. Great article by Caroline Scott.

23rd Manchester

With the treaty negotiations at Versailles finally complete and peace signed at the end of June 1919, a national celebration – ‘Peace Day’ – was fixed for the 19th of July 1919. Plans were announced to light a chain of bonfires down the country (nodding back to the beacons that were lit to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada on 19 July 1588) and a grand Victory Parade was being prepared for in London.

From the outset, though, there seems to have been some disquiet and confusion as to what ‘Peace Day’ was meant to represent – and whether it ought to be a jubilant celebration or a solemn commemoration. Its reporting in the Manchester papers reflects this ambiguity and the mixed enthusiasm for the project. ‘Anyone who goes outside his house and garden ought to be able to see by this time that the country as…

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2 thoughts on “‘Honour the dead, remember the living’ – Peace Day and protest, 19th July 1919

  1. Nancy Owen

    Excellent article, thanks so much for sharing. To the end of his life, our grandad was bitter about how the end of the war meant the end of his life in England. After the terrible loss of two brothers in France, they came home to poverty and joblessness. It was then they felt forced to emigrate as a family to America.

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