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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2017, 15:09:39 PM »

About 600 conscientious objectors arrived at Lewes on Thursday night for billeting, but on the grounds that they were not soldiers many of the inhabitants declined to accommodate them. It was after midnight before they were found billets

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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2017, 15:19:46 PM »

  A SHOCKING STORY- CHATHAM PAPER'S IDEA OF "JUST  BRUTALITY." (Extract from  Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham News," August 5, 1916).
Then came definite news that six of these men were leaving Lower Barracks for the railway station, soon after 6 o'clock. A large and representative Service crowd assembled, just without the Government boundary, below the barracks. The barracks itself presented an appearance of life unusual at this hour; men poured out of the doors and lined the verandahs, hung over the old walls and stood in clusters at the gateways. The silence of the crowd is broken, for a murmur rises, swelling gradually into shape and resolving into the words:" They're coming." As the Conscientious descend the hill their countenances are keenly scanned by the crowd, and their gait is no less closely observed. Both plainly say: We have our belief; our belief is good; we have suffered for that belief; we have won!" If they considered these two latter expressions finite, they are quickly to be disillusioned. No sooner has the crowd realised what their expressions and bearing mean, than an ominous murmur breaks forth. Almost instantaneously the murmur develops into shouts of derision and scorn. Two or three of the Conscientious pale obviously, and they all close in together - but not for long. They reach the Government boundary - a  bag of flour is thrown - a rotten egg follows thrown with great force at close quarters it strikes its victim squarely between the eyes, he bends down trying to clear his vision; and his head is whitened by more flour. This is the signal for missiles of all descriptions to be showered on the victims; but even this does not satisfy the more indignant of the crowd. Suddenly a man, a Tommy dashes forward and strikes right and left at one of the Objectors," and in a second, the six are surrounded. Knocked down, kicked and clawed at, with clothes torn to rags, they find they are again suffering for their belief, and that they have not yet won through. At last four of them succeed in breaking away and running for their lives towards the Town Hall. The remaining two are not so fortunate, and suffer still more severely before they succeed in breaking through, and when they do their progress can be traced by the blood they leave behind. "Brutal, perhaps, all this; but unlike German, a just brutality the just resentment of Britishers who are fighting for their country. A plain intimation and warning to a weak-kneed Government as to what the people think of such cattle as Conscientious Objectors"


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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2017, 14:48:21 PM »

Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 05 November 1940

A.R.P. WORKERS RESIGN. Employment of Conscientious Objector.
Because a 20-year-old conscientious objector was accepted as an ambulance driver at Dartford (Kent) Rural Council's A.R.P. post at Risley, Farningham, 14 other members of the post have resigned.

One of them, Mr. C. F. Roberts, told a reporter: "We have no personal axe to grind against the young man, but after a meeting we felt we could not work with a conscientious objector who, after being excused military service, was earning much more than a serving soldier - £3 5s a week. When we forwarded a petition to the Council we were told to take a week's notice. Some of our members were in the last war and they were the cream of the local St. John Ambulance Brigade. We didn't like being told we were thin-skinned."

Captain C. S. Bignell, A.R.P. Controller for Dartford Rural Council, said: "I think the men have been misguided. They were not sacked; they resigned. We are keeping the services of the conscientious objector and are re-organising the post. We hope some of the men will return."
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2017, 16:56:13 PM »

Forty-one non-combatants were released from Lewes Jail on Friday and sent to Newhaven for work on road-making. Up to date 2,046 conscientious objectors have been arrested as absentees under the Military Service Act, and of these 1,167 have been court-martialled.

Cambrian Daily Leader 2/9/1916

The camp at Newhaven was just South of Denton Corner roundabout, footings of the huts and canteen were still visible 3 years ago. The COs were used in the port as dockers and also to improve the road from Seaford to Newhaven. When the Buckle bypass was built in the 1970s(?) a small bridge over a stream near Bishopstone Rd was demolished which had CO 1916 in the concrete of the parapet
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