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90 days Emergency service in 1921


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Hi

I have a chaps papers, he is recorded as re-enlisting on 13-04-1921 under 90 days Emergency service.

Was there any trumble brewing in 1921.

Thanks in advance

Annette

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The Emergency act passed in 1920 was first put into use in 1921 when the Lloyd George government declared a state of emergency and sent troops to the strikers' areas where the Triple Alliance (the forerunner of today's TUC) called a strike over a wage dispute. It had an effect as on the 21st April the strike was called off.

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East Yorkshire Regiment Gazette. July 1921

The Mobilization of the Army Reserve.

The Industrial crises has not been without its effect on the Regiment It began definitely on the 1st April 1921 by a strike of the miners, who, acting under instructions given by the Executive of the Miners' Federation, ceased work in the coalfields scattered up and down the country.

An attempt was made to force the issue and obtain concession for all their demands by inviting the National Union of Railwaymen, and also the Transport workers, to suspend their activities in sympathy with the cause of the miners in the dispute

Thanks, however, to the common sense prevailing amongst the railwaymen and transport workers, and also to the entire absence of panic on the part of the British public, these attempts proved unsuccessful, but at a time when a situation appeared critical, and a General strike seemed probable the Government decided to call out the Army Reserve, Class B of the Royal Naval Reserve; and further to inaugurate the Royal Defence Force, to assist the civil authority in maintaining order, preserving life and property, and if necessary providing adequate protection for volunteers and others whom it might have been necessary to employ in the prospective work of the National Supply and Transport of food and fuel.

A Royal Proclamation was publicly posted all over the country, on the 9th April 1921, and at once officers and men affected by it began to rally at their Regimental Depots or Mobilizing Centres.

The assembly of the Reserve of Officers and men of the Army Reserve, belonging to the East Yorkshire Regiment, was completed by the 12th instant, when 20 Officers and 279 other rank had re-joined.

Regards Charles

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Cheers all, I had not given a throught to civil unrest.

Thanks

Annette

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