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1918 and beyond

The war ended on 11 November 1918 on Armistice Day and the fighting stopped. Thereafter every community, large and small, held services and erected memorials to commemorate the dead.

Victory came but at a very high price. Scotland, like the rest of Britain, was exhausted but still had to deal with the social, political and economic problems left behind. Rationing continued into the 1920s, the number of unemployed people soared and wages fell as prices increased. Disillusionment with the Liberal Party was replaced with growing support for Labour and left-wing politics. Women over 30 got the vote but like everyone else, they faced an uncertain future.

Background to the impact of the Great War on Scotland.

Peace Rationing Remembrance

Christmas card commemorating the Cameron Highlanders at the end of the war (National Records of Scotland reference: GD1/615/3)

Image of a section of a Ration Book (National Records of Scotland: GD483/14/5)

Image of a Haig Fund silk poppy (National Records of Scotland reference: GD1/1265/7)




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