This is an entry in a year-long project to post-blog the demobilisation experience for British servicemen at the end of the Second World War. See here for an introduction to the project and here for a brief overview of the demobilisation process.
"How do I become someone's 'regular customer'?" complains a John Bull reader in Warrington this week. "Since being demobbed, I need cigarettes and a paper every morning on the way to work. But several shops have told me clearly that they can only serve their regular customers. As I have been unable to be a regular customer anywhere for five years, I am fast being forced into becoming a non-smoker and non-reader."
Another John Bull correspondent is unhappy about career opportunities for ex-servicemen. "My cousin, a corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals, who had had a highly technical training, was looking forward to a job in engineering or radio when he was demobbed. But both the advisory council and the employment exchange were very definite. 'Go back to your old job,' they told him. Now he's back at the provisions counter earning £3 a week. Of course, he has prospects - he may rise to be a manager at £4 a week."