Goatley, William E.


45 Kellerton Park Road, Sydenham

He was 33 in 1916 and was married with a son aged 5 years. He is said to have been a former Quaker attender now working as a lay preacher.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He appeared before the Lewisham Military Service tribunal seeking absolute exemption from military service, but said he was willing to do work of national importance.

There is a letter dated 21 June, 1916 in T.E.Harvey MP Correspondence Friends House Temp.Mss.835 Box.3

War Service:

It is possible that he was given exemption to undertake work considered of national importance.

After the First World War:

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Harvey, T. Edmund, Temp Mss 835, includes correspondence with conscientious objectors and minutes of the Pelham Committee meetings and can be found at the Library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. The minutes of the Committee often hold only very brief details of the applicants referred by the Military Service Tribunals to them.

Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, November 2016

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