Cressingham Road, Lewisham
Note there are 2 entries with very little detail for George on the Lives of the First World War IWM site.
He was aged 21 in 1916 and worked as a chauffeur, he is believed to have been motivated as a conscientious objector by his socialist beliefs.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
There is a report in the Kentish Mercury of 31 March 1916 of George's appearance before the Mr. Hay Halkett the Greenwich Police Court magistrate, as an absentee. Under the heading Would Rather be Shot. it reports that he had failed to respond to his call up papers, did not intend to take part in military operations and did not go before the Tribunal because "you cannot get justice there".
He was fined £25 to be deducted from his pay was handed over to a military escort.
There is no information available as to what happened to him after this date.
After the First World War:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Kentish Mercury 31 March, 1916 page 7
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, 31 January, 2017
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