He was born 23 February, 1896
24 Kitto Road, New Cross
In the 1911 census Arthur is shown as living at this address with his father Philip Francis, his mother Emily and his brothers Francis Thomas Milton and Herbert Edward Milton. His brothers who were also members of the FAU also served in France.
Arthur was single and worked as an apprentice to shirt and underwear maker. He was a member of the Society of Friends in Saffron Waldon and attended the Peckham Prayer meeting, as did his brothers.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War
He was a member of the Friends Ambulance Unit
Alternative Service during the War
Arthur served in France from February 1916 to February 1919 with the FAU. He had a slight knowledge of French on joining and worked initially as a mechanic instructor and in an FAU garage. In June 1916 he became a medical orderly and continued with this work until he left the unit in 1919.
After the First World War
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Copy of his FAU service card. Copyright of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain.
The photograph above is from his service card and is also copyright of Religious Society of Friends in Britain.
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre April 2015.
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