Life as a Memorial

Deborah Cohen

in The War Come Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923522 | DOI:
Life as a Memorial

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The Peace Procession of July 1919 was the largest parade that London had ever witnessed. More than 400,000 servicemen, along with the military policemen and members of the medical corps, joined the parade. Disabled veterans watched the parade from the sidelines. Exclusion from the victory parade was the least of many indignities disabled veterans suffered in postwar Britain. British veterans enjoyed few legal rights compared with their supplements in Europe and the Dominions. Never systematically reintegrated into the economy or political culture, disabled ex-servicemen existed figuratively, as well as literally, on the margins of British society. This chapter begins with an account of the obstacles the disabled faced upon their return home. It shows that when all else failed them, disabled veterans turned to philanthropy and to poor relief. Yet, this chapter also demonstrates that the objects of charity faced new indignities.

Keywords: disabled veterans; indignities; philanthropy; charity

Chapter.  20119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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