As Brits returned from war, the demobilisation process began
SHEDDING THEIR SKINS
Men leave a demobilisation centre in Lancashire, having officially been signed offfromactive duty in June 1945. Some are so keen to get out of uniform that they’ve put on their civilian clothes already; others carry them in sacks.
SUITED AND BOOTED
When they were demobilised, every man was given a new set of civilian clothing consisting of a three-piece suit, shirt, tie, hat and pair of shoes, as it was assumed they’d no longer have their pre-war outfits. Here, soldier Egerton Savory is measured up. He proceeded to choose a pinstripe suit, which he thought “would serve [him] for officewear”.
ON THE BUSES
Once former soldiers had settled into peacetime life, many were eager to return to work. Positions that women had filled during the war were reopened to men, and some new recruits would require training. The men below are being trained up as London bus conductors in Chiswick.