Frustrations among British Empire soldiers boil over at Kinmel Park.
At the end of the war, hundreds of thousands of British Empire soldiers found themselves still far away from home. Getting them all back to their home countries was a huge task.
Kinmel Park near Abergele was used as a transit camp for Canadian soldiers. By 1919 about 15,000 soldiers were housed there in very basic conditions. Their sleeping quarters were cramped, they were existing on poor rations and they were angered by news that the ships intended to take them home had been used to take American soldiers home instead.
In the early hours of 4th March a riot started in the camp. The rioting lasted until the 5th March and five men were killed - three rioters and two guards. 78 men were arrested for their part in the riots.
Worried about how it would look, the military authorities tried to keep the event quiet.
This article in the North Wales Chronicle discusses the court martial of a man connected with the Kinmel Park riot. It mentions that he was holding a red flag, which is associated with socialism. The fear of socialist revolution was strong in the post-war years and the press and military authorities stressed the link between the riot and socialist beliefs to try and shift some of the blame to the men themselves.