V.E. Day in Halifax and the Riots that followed

 


 

This page is not to recount all the known historical facts on the Halifax riot but to share the photos and memories of sailors who served during the Second World War and were witness to this event. 

 


 

(HS105) V.E. Celebrations at the Commons in Halifax

 

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(HS106) Parades through the streets of Halifax ... (HS107) spectators watching from Citadel Hill ... (HS108) Civilians and Military personnel celebrating in the streets ... (HS109) Some celebrating a little too much...

 

..... then the riots ensued

 

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.... after the riots 

 

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(HS114) The streets are deserted, shops broken into and vandalized ....

 

From the collection of Howard Samuel (Sandy) Sanderson, CPO, RCNVR

 


 

       

 

Letter by SBA Donald Douglas to his family about the V.E. Day Riots.

 


 

 

From the collection of Joseph Vincent Wesley, CPO Shipwright, RCNVR

 


 

 

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(FM564-FM565) François Messier and friend posing with a newspaper for an "end of the war" photo

 

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(FM566-FM614) Civilians, sailors, soldiers and airmen alike watching parades, listening to music and dancing .......

 

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and then the riots started .......

 

(FM615-FM620) - 3 photos and 3 newspaper articles on the riots

 

 

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From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Denis Messier

 


 

Crowds in Dartmouth looted the Church Street liquor commission and Boland's warehouse, carrying cartons of beer in triumph

Halifax Herald - 08 May 1945

 


 

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