An innovative new history of conscientious objectors during the First World War. Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, Karyn Burnham reconstructs the personal stories of several men who refused to fight, bringing the reader face-to-face with their varied, often brutal, experiences.
Charles Dingle: Defying his father's wishes by objecting to military service, Charles joins the Friends Ambulance Unit and finds himself in the midst of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
Jack Foister: Jack, a young student, cannot support the war in any way. Imprisoned and shipped secretly out to France, Jack has no idea what lengths the military will go to in order to break him.
James Landers: A Christian and pacifist, James faces a dilemma: if he sticks to his principles, he faces imprisonment but if he joins the Non Combatant Corps he can financially support his family.
Gripping accounts reveal the traumatic and sometimes terrifying events these men went through and help readers to discover what it was really like to be a conscientious objector.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Outbreak of War 3
Chapter 2 The Beginning of Conscience 17
Chapter 3 The Military Service Act 33
Chapter 4 The Friends Ambulance Unit 49
Chapter 5 The Non-Combatant Corps & Work Schemes 65
Chapter 6 Absolutists - Cowardice & Hypocrisy? 81
Chapter 7 Armistice 97
Chapter 8 Post-war Conscientious Objection 111
Appendices: Brief biographies 121
A Timeline of Events 1914-1919 123
Bibliography & sources 127