Hedley R. Elliott, lived at 158 Torrid Road, Hither Green and worked as a commercial traveller. He was a member of the Open Brethren.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
His appearance before the Lewisham Military Service Tribunal was reported in The Lewisham Borough News August 11, 1916 under the sub heading Buttons and Conscience. When pressed to explain why he might sell buttons to the Army, but at the same time object to Military Service he told the tribunal that as a matter of business he would sell buttons, but he was applying on spiritual grounds for exemption from military service. He was given a Non-combatant certificate and said he would appeal.
The London County appeals tribunal referred him to the Pelham Committee and from 14 September, 1916 until 10 October, 1917 he worked for millers at Camberwell, but after this date there is no information available about what work he did until the end of the war.
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 History and Archives Centre, July 2015
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