Knappett, Norman Harold Bruce

He was 24 in 1916

9 Park Road, Forest Hill

Norman Harold Bruce Knappett was single and worked as a clerk. He was a member of the Exclusive Plymouth Brethren. In the 1911 census he was one of eight children living with his father Benjamin Albert Knappett.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War
His appearance before the Military Service Tribunal in Lewisham was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on March 17, 1916. He told the tribunal that he was a conscientious objector of long standing and that he was willing to work in the RAMC or as a drill instructor. He presented letters from three different gentlemen who confirmed that his conscientious objection to combatant service was long standing. He was granted a Non-Combatant Certificate.

War Service
He was conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps 9 Eastern Company at Camberwell on 12 December, 1916. He was attached to the Agricultural Corps and served at home from 12 December, 1916, until 7 January, 1920

After the First World War
The 1920 Electoral Register shows him living back at 9 Park Road.

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Lewisham Borough News March 17, 1916.

Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, May 2014

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