He was born in Plumstead and was 26 in 1916
16 Milton Court Road, New Cross
He lived with his father William Henry, his mother Alice and his sister and was employed as a clerk, watch and clock importer.
William was a member of the Dulwich Branch of the No-conscription fellowship and the Dartmoor work camp Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He was conscripted into the Durham Light Infantry and there are records suggesting that while with his regiment he was quartered at Hallgate, Doncaster, Gateshead, and Catterick Bridge. There are no records available showing the time scale; records also show his having been imprisoned in the Wakefield military detention centre, and in Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs prisons, indicating that he was court martialled, but again there are no records available showing the time scale and whether he was courts martialled more than once.
On the 8 August, 1916 at the Central Tribunal at Wandsworth prison he was found to be a genuine conscientious objector, class A, and referred to the Brace Committee (Home Office Scheme). In October 1916 he was in Dyce work camp (photograph 44) and he later spent some time in the Wakefield and Dartmoor work camps.
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
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, November 2014
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