Durston, Edward

Dates:
His age in 1916 is unknown

Address:
7 Shardeloes Road New Cross

His marital status and occupation is unknown. Edward was a member of the International Bible Students Association a corporation founded in 1914 in London to promote the interests of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
Edward was an absentee who was arrested in October 1916 and brought before the Bow Street Police Court. He was handed over to the 17 London Regiment and was court martialled at Hazeley Down Camp, Winchester on 21 November, 1916 and sentenced to eighteen months hard labour and imprisoned.

His case was heard at the Military Service Tribunal at Wormwood Scrubs on 3 January, 1917 where he was held to be a genuine conscientious objector, Class A and referred to the Brace Committee Home Office Scheme at Sutton Work Centre, later he was sent to work camps at Dartmoor on 28 August, 1917 and Knutsford on 5 September, 1918.

After the First World War:
As a conscientious objector who had been court-martialled and imprisoned Edward would not have been allowed vote for five years from the end of the war, this was considered no punishment by IBSA COs, since Bible Student theology showed no political bias and consequently they never voted anyway.

He is shown as living at this address in the electoral registers from 1923 to 1930.

Source:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors


Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, November, 2014.

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