Armistice, Peace & Hull Street Parties.

Hull Citizens celebrated the end on the war on the 11th November 1918.Bells pealed from the church towers; the shipyard closed down until Thursday; munitions works closed all day; and schools that were not already closed by the ‘flu epidemic got a half day holiday. The streets were thronged with people all afternoon and evening. There were intermittent displays of fireworks despite them being viewed as wasteful by some. The joy was somewhat restrained because few families in the town had escaped bereavement. Rationing was relaxed in the run-up to Christmas. 12 days Christmas leave was granted to all men serving at home. On December 14th there was a relaxation of lighting restrictions and early closing of shops.
The final ‘Hull Pals’ returned to the City on the 26th May 1919. After the end of the War the public feeling was that returning exs ervicemen should receive priority in the allocation of smallholdings,
known in the East Riding as Cottage Holdings. These former soldiers were known as ‘preferred tenants’ who could ultimately apply to their local council for a loan to purchase their house with
its adjoining land. Several of these smallholdings can be seen on the A1174 as it passes through Woodmansey and Dunswell.
Official ‘Street Parties’ were held across Hull on the 19th July 1919 to mark the official Peace. There were wild celebrations and relief that over four years of struggle were finally over. With this relief, there was also sorrow at the large loss of live. Hull alone had lost over 7,500 men in the war, with another 14,000 disabled from an estimeated 70,000, who had served in the forces. To aid the disabled and the families of the dead, Hull established it’s own War Trust to raise money and by 1927, 1,040 recipients had received £74,000 between them. The war had affected everyone in some way, and the life for many could never be the same again.
Women and children in Hull celebrate the end of the war. (c) Hull Museums.

                               Scarborough Street, Hull. Peace Party to celebrate the end of World War One

Newland Avenue Peace Party, Hull
East Yorkshire soldiers celebrate the Armistice. This photo of the “Greenhorn Concert Party, was taken on 12th November 1918.
Northumberland Avenue, Peace Party, Hull

Cumberland Street Peace Party, Hull WW1.
Peace party, Hessle Road, Hull WW1
Hull Peace Party 1919
Hessle Road Street Shrine, Hull

The return of the troops. Hull Guildhall.
Hull Military Hospital celebrates the Armistice
Hull Corporation presented this book to Hull children after the war.


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