His name is shown as Vernon A., his qualifications as D.B.O.A and his business address is given as 195 High Street, Lee in the local commercial directory of 1916. He was a Christadelphian and was described as a sight testing optician by the Pelham Committee.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He was exempted from conscription to undertake work of national importance by the Pelham Committee. The dates of his employment under the terms of the scheme were in the latter part of 1918. This suggest that he was conscripted after April 1918 when the age range was increased to 51 years.
Vernon is shown in the Pelham committee minutes as working as a compass maker for Messrs Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird in Lewisham from 20 November, 1918 until 3 December, 1918. Once his occupation became scheduled he worked as an optician in Croydon.
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)
Blackheath, Lee, Greenwich, Eltham & Mottingham Commercial Directory 1916
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, 24 October 2015
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