He was 47 in 1918
J.I. Brown was married with two children, he lived in Lewisham and worked as a retail van salesman.
He worked as a labourer with Messrs. Redpath, Brown & Co. in London from 7 August 1917. He was not liable to be conscripted until the upper age limit was raised to 51 years in April 1918 and his record suggests that he was allowed remain in his current workplace by the Pelham Committee. The company whose headquarters were in Edinburgh manufactured all types of steel structures, including steel framed buildings, girders, roofs and bunkers. In London they were based in Canon Street E.C.4 and at the Riverside Works, East Greenwich, SE10.
After the First World War:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
(information from the Pelham Committee Minutes in T.E. Harvey Friends House/Temp.Mss 835)
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre October 2015
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