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Ex-servicemen's associations

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I note from old newspaper reports that by Autumn 1918 ex-servicemen's associations are being formed.

Within one week, in my home town, two groups held meetings. Reading between the journalistic lines of 1918 it is obvious that the organisations have radically different aims.

The 'National Federation of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers' seems to be a rank and file organisation with, by 1918 standards, a fairly socialist outlook.

Then you have the Ex-Comrades Association which wheels in some of the big names to do a 'hatchet job' on their rivals.

Is this a fair summation?

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Desmond7

Further report - situation develops where Brig General R. C. A. McCalmont CVO CBE DSP DL who is trotted in to front up the 'Old Comrades' is challenged about what he is 'doing over here' doing the aforementioned hatchet job on the Federation ... the questioner is discharged soldier Jack Anderson.

This is important - Anderson was the soldier-servant to Lt. Haughton of 12 R. I. Rifles, an officer KIA on 1st July at Somme.

Bear in mind this meeting is held before the end of the war. Some very bitter attitudes being displayed by ex-servicemen.

Would really appreciate any further info.

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Terry_Reeves

Desmond

I posted a history of these ex-servicemen's organisations some time ago. If you use the search facility you should be able to find it. If it doesn't show let me know and I will e-mail you.

You are right though, there was some bitter rivalry. In the early years they were politically motivated and supported by various political parties.

Terry Reeves

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John W
Desmond

I posted a history of these ex-servicemen's organisations some time ago. If you use the search facility you should be able to find it. If it doesn't show let me know and I will e-mail you.

You are right though, there was some bitter rivalry. In the early years they were politically motivated and supported by various political parties.

Terry Reeves

Call me thick Terry, not only does it not show up, but you apparently don't exist.

a case of too much KwaK? I would appreciate the link or the information, as it might provide a usefull avenue of research for my dissertation

JOhn

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Terry_Reeves

John

It is there, but inserting the the link throws up something completely different! Definitely too much KWAK!

Try the long way. In the search facility enter "Comrades of the Great War". Highlight "all forums" and "any date". Do not enter my name

This brings up the subject without any problem.

Any problems get back to me.

Terry Reeves

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John W

THanks Terry

It was me being thick on the thread, I had failed to specify all forums, foolishly assuming it would default to that

JOhn

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Desmond7

To John and especially Terry for putting on the 'treasure map' - thanks very much.

I have now added this to my list of 'follow ups' to the basic research.

Thanks all

Des

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