by Melvyn Gallagher
Although now beyond anyone’s living memory, World War One continues to be commemorated as well as later conflicts that are more relevant. November 11th is Armistice and Remembrance Day and from 1921 “Poppy Day” the symbol used to remember all those who fell or were injured in all our wars and conflicts, with funds raised for the Royal British Legion to assist ex-servicemen and women. Many Scouts and Guides take part in parade services at their local war memorials as well as that at London’s Cenotaph.
During and after World War One many other national and local charities were founded to support ex servicemen and women and “Flag Days” started to raise funds by giving little paper flags or flowers to contributors.
Boy Scouts took part in these fund raising schemes, as seen on this pre 1923 postcards from Reigate.
Largely due to our modern day social media the sending of postcards is now a thing of the past and very recently Britain’s largest publisher of seaside postcards has ceased production - thus sealing their fate.
On behalf of your Committee I wish all members season’s greetings and a happy and prosperous 2018.