19 Coombe Road, Upper Sydenham
He was 27 in 1916 and worked as a clerk to a Baptist minister. His father William lived at the same address.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He was granted exemption from combatant service, probably on religious grounds.
He was conscripted on 21 March 1916, initially into the 4 Battn the Bedford regiment at Camberwell as he appears to have attested*, but he was quickly transferred on 24 March into the 4 Eastern company of the Non-combatant corps based at Shoreham. He also served with the 3 and 5 Eastern Companies of the NCC.
•Some conscientious objectors erroneously believed that they should attest as conscientious objectors and indeed some government posters were misleading.
After the First World War:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre
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