The Great War and the Valleys

Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley



The End of Hostilities

The fighting ended with an Armistice that came into effect on 11 November 1918. The first response to the end of hostilities was relief that the fighting had come to an end. There were public celebrations in all towns. However, there was no straightforward return to peace. The demobilisation of soldiers took time, a snap general election was a cause of division and the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 caused instability and fear.