Luke, Cecil Erastus

He was 32 in 1916

45 St Fillans Road Catford

Cecil Erastus Luke was single and a Christian Scientist. He described himself as a secretary when he appeared before the Tribunal, and was recorded as a book-keeper in the 1911 census.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
His appearance before the Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on 17 March 1916. He said "he had received a call and ever since had heard, accepted and resolved to obey this call". His request for an absolute certificate was refused and the Chairman was reported as saying "there is no power for anyone to grant a certificate on the grounds of an objection to undertaking military service" and he was given a Non-Combatant Certificate.

War Service:
He was conscription into the Non-Combatant Corps on 9 May 1916 at Camberwell and served at home with the NCC 4th Eastern and 4th Southern Companies until 20 October 1919 when he was demobbed.

After the First World War:
His demob address was 116, Arran Road, Catford.

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

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

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