Downs, Alfred



5, Leamington Villas Longhurst Road, Lee SE13

Alfred was 27 years old in 1917 and is believed to have been a Quaker. He joined the Fellowship of Remembrance as a new member while at Dartmoor.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
There is no information as to whether he appeared before a Military Service Tribunal or not, but there are records of his conscription into the Royal Fusiliers. He was court martialled at Hounslow on 14 May 1917 and was sentenced to 112 days hard labour at Wormwood Scrubs.

War Service:
While imprisoned his case was heard by the Central Tribunal at Wormwood Scrubs on 9 July, 17. He was found to be a genuine conscientious objector, class A was referred to the Brace Committee under the Home Office Scheme and was sent to Dartmoor on 19 July, 1917.

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, May 2016

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