Street Collecting by World War I 'Tommy', Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1919 - 1920 (c.)

Description:After facing the absolute horror of trench warfare, Britain would have seemed a very different place for soldiers returning home once the war ended.

Not only would they have had to go 'back to normal' with terrible memories of war still fresh in their minds they would have had to face high unemployment, a rising cost of living, strikes by newly organised unions and a shortage of houses.

A returning soldier was given a month's paid leave, after which he was officially demobilised.
A small unemployment benefit was available for about six months. After that period if an ex-soldier could still not find a job they would have to join the dole queue or find other ways of supporting himself.

Unfortunatley we do not know who this solider was or exactly what he was collecting for. We were however able to date the photograph from the Cinema poster that appears behind the soldier.

Actress Vivian Martin was a silent movie actress appearing in the 'Third Kiss' in 1919.


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Donor ref:PA 551 (22/26185)

Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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