Second World War records - victory
How did Hull celebrate the end of the
C TCVC/1 concerns the arrangements to celebrate
Victory in Europe in Hull. The ringing of church bells was
organised to mark ceasefire and the city decorated in bunting and
decorative lights. Formal events include a procession and service
of Thanksgiving held at Holy Trinity Church on 13 May 1945, and a
Memorial Service for the War Dead at the church on 20 May. On 12
May 1945, a Victory Parade was held in the city, information on the
preparations for this can be found in C TCVC/1 and 24 photographs
of the event can be found at C TCVC/2. These photographs are not
available to view online but can be viewed in the searchroom.
Informal events included band performances and dancing in Queen’s
Gardens and other parks in the city. C TCVC/1 also shows the
arrangements for public holidays for schools and workers so that
these events could be enjoyed.
Events were also held in August 1945 to celebrate Victory over
Japan, records of which can be found at C TCVC/3. This included
further public holidays with band performances and dancing and a
service of Thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Church on 19 August.
In February 1946, three reunion events were held at Madely
Street Baths for servicemen from Hull who had been held prisoner of
war in Germany, Poland, Italy and Japan. The records at C TCVC/4
show the preparations for these events and, significantly, give the
names of the men invited.
These names have not been indexed but are organised as Japanese
camps, Italian camps, Oflags, Stalag Luft camps and by Stalag camp
number. Within these, the names are organised alphabetically by
surname. The name and rank is given but not the regiment served in.
These records are now catalogued and copies of the original list of
names placed with the catalogue in the History Centre
The Yorkshire Film Archive has placed extracts of two films
Hull Victory Celebrations and the
Peace Day 1946 online
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