157 Brookbank Road, Lewisham
A.H. Burr was married with four children and had his own business as a fruiterer.
Appearance before the Lewisham Military Tribunal:
His first appearance was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on June 30, 1916. He put forward four grounds for exemption saying he was physically unfit, had family responsibilities and that they and his business were entirely dependent on him. In his written statement he said that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ he was unable to “take up arms to kill his fellow men’’. The Lewisham Borough News reported on January 19, 1917 that when pressed he told the tribunal that he generally worshiped with the Brethren at the Victoria Hall in Lee.
The tribunal noted that he had been passed fit only for garrison duty at home and allowed him six months postponement as long as he became a special constable.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
On his return before the tribunal in January 1917 he was referred to the Pelham Committee and from 28 February, 1917 until 4 September, 1918 did ‘work of national importance’ at Messrs Robinson, flour millers in Deptford.
Alternative Service during the War:
He worked at Messrs Robinson, flour millers in Deptford under the terms of the 'work of national importance' scheme.
After the War:
There is no record of him in the business section of Kelly's Post office Directory after the war.
Cyril Pearce, (University of Leeds) Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
Lewisham Borough News June 30, 1916.
Kelly's Post Office Directory 1916 and 1920 and later editions.
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, May 2014.
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