After the Armistice was declared, men started to prepare for their transition back to civilian life. However, returning the troops home was a logistical challenge that extended across the Empire. Soldiers complained about the slow and unfair processes for demobilisation and created disturbances at their army camps. The majority were finally demobbed by the end of 1919 and faced a different society on their return. Their ‘heroes welcome’ was short lived and promises of homes and employment weren’t met. Many of the heroes were out of work and had few prospects, so met on street corners to pass the time. Ad hoc bands were formed at these gatherings by musicians who had lost their bands and fellow bandsmen – they used basic instruments such as kazoos and harmonicas. Having been promised so much, many felt a real sense of injustice.