Parish Notes

Homecoming certificate 1919
A certificate was presented to those who came home after the Great War. Around the edge are flags of different countries. The text reads:
Military Merit
and Homecoming
representing the
fellow townsmen
of L/Corpl. John Wood
1/5th Btn. Devonshires Regiment
hereby places on record
its high appreciation of
his services in defence of
the country and the
cause if liberty, in the
Great War. They all
rejoice in the complete
victory of right over
might and in the promise
through the League of
Nations of representative
government in inter-
national affairs.

In a letter dated 1998 Liz Camble wrote from Wales:
"I have obtained your address from Neil Richardson of Blyth. He has been doing some family research for me, and last year I sent him a photocopy of the "Blyth Homecoming" citation in the hope that he could find some press cuttings of the event.
Neil writes that he sent you a copy for your compilation of war memorabilia, and I am happy to have my father's war service commemorated.
I believe that my grandfather (John Lindsay Wood) may have been on the Homecoming Committee, as he arranged many entertainments for troops in Blyth, and organised canteen/rest facilities in the Waterloo Rd Presbyterian Church hall, where he was an Elder.
July 19th(?) 1919 was National Thanksgiving for Peace with an identical service in every church which was followed by official celebrations, so I suppose this must be about the time when the homecoming certificates were distributed. "