18, Wrigglesworth Street, New Cross
William was 20 in 1916 and worked as a compositor. He was a member of the Dulwich Branch of the No-Conscription Fellowship
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He did not appear before a local Military Service tribunal, but was arrested as an absentee and taken to Amersham Vale Police Station, fined 40 shillings he was handed over to his regiment the 10 London. He was court martialled at Hurdcott on 19 July, 1916 and sentenced to 6 months hard labour commuted to 112 days to Winchester County Prison on 27 July, 1916.
The Central Tribunal at Wormwood Scrubs held him to be a genuine conscientious objector class A on 14 August, 1916 and William was referred to the Brace Committee. He was discharged from prison on 29 August, 1916 to the Home Office Scheme at Dyce and appears in the Dyce Camp photo.27. On 28 August 1917 he was at Dartmoor work camp.
After the First World War:
As a conscientious objector who had been court martialled and imprisoned William would not have been allowed vote for five years from the end of the war.
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Dulwich N-C.F What are Conscientious Objectors? July 1917 in the Cumbria Archive Centre ref:D/Mar/4/97
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre
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