When the war was over, those broken men returned toSee the attached `Unemployed Ex-serviceman's Appeal', a song sheet designed to be sold by unemployed, destitute ex-servicemen for a penny, as an alternative to openly begging on the streets. It included an appeal for work and emphasised the idea that the seller is not a 'shirker' but has long "applied, and still appl[ies] for work, both far and near".
"A land fit for heroes" - peopled by slaves!"I worked hard enough in the Service, Defending the old folk at home; But to find work just now is much harder, And so I am forced thus to roam".
Many, unable to return to normal life in their communities, resorted to tramping the roads, sleeping under hedges and begging at kitchen doors.
As a child in the early 1950s, I remember those sad men who called on my Gran`s asking for "some hot water Missus, and a bit of tea to put in it? And some sugar? A bit of bread? Some marg to put on it? And some jam?
The following postcard is another form of Ex serviceman`s Appeal.
Can you give this ex-serviceman a job?
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