R.F. Carpenter lived at 52 Arran Road, Catford and was 26 in 1916. He worked as a salesman and Wholesale Clothier's Assistant.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
His appearance before the Lewisham Military Service tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on August 11 1916 under the sub heading Diving Authority and King’s uniform. He told the tribunal that he was appealing on religious rather than on moral grounds and that he believed he would be giving his sanction to the war and to the taking of life every time he donned the King’s Uniform.
He was given a Non-combatant certificate and stated he would not accept it.
He presumably appealed the tribunals decision as there is a record of his appearing before the Pelham Committee. From 19 September, 1916 until 30 May, 1918 he worked in flour milling with Messrs Burgess Martin, Camberwell. He found the work too heavy, but he is said to have stayed at it, although records suggest he left before the end of the war, the reason is unknown.
After the First World War:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
Lewisham Borough News August 11, 1916
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local Studies and Archive Centre. July 2015
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