Albrow, Henry Rivett

Dates:
He was 26 in 1916

Address:
21, Aspinall Road, Brockley,

Henry Rivett Albrow worked as a post office sorting clerk. He married Elsie Francis Bonny in St Mary Magdalene, Peckham on October 17, 1914 and their son Henry Bernard Albrow was born on 14 August, 1915.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
In all likelihood Henry Rivett Albrow of Brockley is the Henry Rivett Albrow whose memoir Experiences of a Conscientious Objector 1915-1919 is held at the Imperial War Museum. Although he gives very few details in the memoir that could identify him or the people he encountered, he does write that he was conscripted on 12 August, 1916 and that on 14 August he was marched from the recruiting office to the tram depot in Camberwell Green. The army record for Henry Rivett Albrow, of Brockley, gives the same conscription date at Camberwell Recruiting Office, and it is unlikely that two persons of the same name were conscripted there on the same day into the same company. The memoir gives an interesting and amusing account of a Military Service Tribunal that was possibly Deptford's. He also writes about his conscription, and subsequent service in the Non Combatant Corps.

In the memoir he says that he told the MST he was a socialist, a moralist, and believed every man to be his brother. He had been a member of the Church of England but now thought their doctrine of war false and anti-Christian, and towards the end of his memoir he also says that he was a trade unionist.

War Service
He accepted conscription into the Non Combatant Corps at Camberwell on 12 August, 1916 and served with the 7 Eastern Company at Newhaven and the 8 Southern Company at Bulford and Perham Camps.

After the War:

Sources:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Imperial War Museum collections http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030018706.
NA/WO363 - on line - incomplete
Army service number 2474


Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, October 2014
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