First World War. ‘Peace celebrations, Witham, 19.7.19′, photo number 3. This day had been declared ‘Peace Day’ after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June, following negotiations after the First World War. See two extracts from Essex County Chronicle, 25 July 1919. There were tea and sports in the Maldon Road Recreation Ground (the Park) for children, and a dinner there in a marquee for 425 discharged soldiers who also had races. There was also a bonfire in Newland Street in the evening. Shows the procession with children and a boy scout, with the vicar, Canon Francis Galpin, walking down Newland Street. To the left of the ’10 mph’ sign on the right, with a dark shawl on her head, is probably Miss Alice Luard, in the uniform of the ‘Grey Ladies’, who did charitable work in London. Pram on the right. The building behind on the left is 5 Newland Street (High House). See also photos M170 and M1173.
|Date taken||19 July 1919|