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Experiences of the Great War

After the war

It appears that conscientious objector Thomas Hannan was released from prison in September 1918. At this time his wife Hannah's separation allowance was terminated.

It is not clear under what conditions he was released, or if he returned to a cycle of appeal and imprisonment.

Thomas was not officially discharged from the British Army until 1920, and his discharge certificate confirms that he had served three years and 210 days.

It took until 1919 before all conscientious objectors were released from prison.

Restrictions remained on their return to work, as the priority was to find jobs for the men who had served in the armed forces or were otherwise perceived to have contributed to the war effort.

After the war

Thomas Hannan returned to his family after his release from prison, and he and Hannah became parents for a fifth time in 1921.

Thomas became heavily involved in the establishment of the Labour Party in Scotland. He was elected as Labour representative for Maryhill to the Glasgow Corporation in 1934. He died in 1941.

His son William, to whom the postcards had been sent from Dartmoor, became a Labour Member of Parliament, and represented Glasgow Maryhill from 1945 until his retirement in 1974.

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