Lang, Samuel

Dates
He was aged 35 in 1916

Address
27 Culverley Road, Catford, where he was a boarder according to the 1911 census.

Samuel Lang was a Plymouth Brethren, he was single and worked as a bank cashier.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War
His appearance before the Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on March 17, 1916 where he is quoted as saying: "from my youth I have been a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, who came not to destroy life but to save it … I am entirely unsuitable for a soldier's life”. He was given a Non-Combatant Certificate.

War Service
He was conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps on 24 March, 1916 in Camberwell. He served with the 1 Eastern Company NCC at home briefly from then until 20 April and was sent to France on 21 April, 1916.

During the great German push in 1918 he was disciplined along with others conscientious objectors for refusing to take up arms. As with other members of the NCC he would also have been denied a rise in pay while waiting demobilisation, unlike privates in regular army units.

After the First World War
His demob address was 54, Mount Pleasant Road, Lewisham.

Source:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
PPU hold information on his time in France, and it is believed that the Tribunal carried reports about the disciplining of NCC COs in France in the Spring of 1918.
Lewisham Borough News March 17, 1916


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

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