25 June 1889 - September 1971
William was born in Renfrew and in the 1911 census he is shown as living with his father, William and mother Marion at Dunarden, 11 Church Road, Forest Hill. He was the eldest of 5 siblings and had had two sisters, Agnes and Marion and two brothers Robert and Andrew.
William was an Textile Agent's Assistant and was a Presbyterian.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He joined the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) on 6 December, 1916. His conditional exemption came after conscription was introduced when Military Representatives on tribunals were instructed to limit membership of the FAU to Quakers and his Quaker personnel records show him as a Presbyterian.
Alternative Service During the War:
He was exempted from conscription under the terms of the Pelham Committee on 13 December, 1916 to do work of national importance. He worked for the FAU General Service at the YMCA Lads Club at Woolwich Arsenal from 16 December 1916 until 1 February 1919 when he was demobilised.
After the First World War:
He died in Lewisham in September 1971
Library of the Religious Society of Friends. Friends Ambulance Unit First World War Personnel http://fau.quaker.org.uk/
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre June 1915
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