DEMOB-HAPPY

As Brits re­turned from war, the de­mo­bil­i­sa­tion process be­gan

History Revealed - - IN PICTURES POST-WAR BRITAIN -

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.

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