Legacies

Peace is declared at Mansion House

Title: Peace is declared at Mansion House
Description: Doncaster Gazette, 4th July 1919 by-nc

Although armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, bringing the war to an end, the consequences of the war were felt in Doncaster for many years afterwards.

Initial feelings of celebration and jubilation subsided as communities mourned their dead. Very few families escaped the war without the loss of at least one of their sons, brothers, fathers or uncles. Many disabled ex-servicemen returned and were unable to work again, struggling with the limited pensions provided. The women who had enjoyed new freedom and responsibility in work were replaced by returning soldiers.

Many men joined organisations such as Comrades of the Great War and The British Legion to help them and their families to readjust to civilian life. The town’s recovery from the crisis the war had brought was slowed by the influenza epidemic of 1918–19 which claimed yet more lives.

The High Street on Monday afternoon presented a wonderful sight. It was packed from end to end with a vast crowd of radiant, jubilant and rejoicing people. The Mayor had declared a public holiday. The Plant Works and other works had “set down”. The shopkeepers had closed their establishments and renounced business for the day and men, women, and children gravitated to the Mansion House ready to follow the lead of the civic head of the town in whatever scheme for rejoicing and thanksgiving he might evolve for the unspeakable blessing which had come to the nation.’
Doncaster Gazette, 15 November 1918.