In July 1919, Ashington Council held a victory parade and celebrations for the returning servicemen. Each serviceman was given a silver medal designed by J J Scott of Ashington Local Co-operative Society.
Silversmith Constantine & Floyd Ltd manufacturered 4,000 medals that were then issued to men returning from World War One. The medal depicts a sailor and soldier standing in front of the Ashington colliery. This medal was awarded to Alexander Porter, a cook in the army.
At the victory parade in 1919, Councillor W.S. Pattison gave an address: “He said that they were all glad they had come to that day, and that the men had turned out in such large numbers to show their appreciation of the efforts that had been put forth by the Welcome Home Committee. On behalf of the committee, he extended a hearty welcome to all the men, who had faced the dangers and hardships of modern warfare.“
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