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Billeted soldiers, 1919

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Billeted soldiers, 1919

Billeted soldiers asleep on a floor, 1919.

Engineering unions in Glasgow called a strike on the 27 January 1919 to demand a 40-hours working week. Troops were despatched to the city when the Government received alarmist reports that the city might be on the brink of a Bolshevik uprising. The troops were billeted across the city until it became clear that the situation was under control. The soldiers pictured here are sleeping beneath what appears to be a cartoon prepared for stained glass windows, representing the supposed defence of the Cathedral by members of the Trades' House in 1579. The location is unknown and the editor welcomes suggestions!

Reference: 1530.82.326

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

billets, Bolsheviks, Forty Hours Strike, Red Clydeside, rifles, soldiers, stained glass windows, strikes

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