Neaves, Percy

Dates
He was 33 in 1916 and was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Address
Percy Neaves (possibly Neeves) lived at 19 Bennett Park, Blackheath together with his wife and child. He was a Tailors Cutter, a member of the Blackheath Branch of the No-Conscription Fellowship and was its secretary from 27 May 1916.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
His appearance before the Appeals Tribunal is reported in The Kenish Mercury, September 8, 1916. He told the tribunal that he was a citizen of the world and not of the British Empire alone and that he was utterly opposed to all forms of violence believing in the doctrine of absolute non-resistance and no self-defence. He sought absolute exemption from conscription believing that his current occupation was truly non-combatant and work of national importance and said he would not take money for work having any relation to the war. Percy was told that the Tribunal would order him to do Work of National Importance to which he replied he "could not accept that", the Chairman responded "What do you mean you are unable to accept it? You are not asked to accept it, you've got it".

Alternative Service during the War
He did work of national importance from 12 September, 1916 to 25 July, 1917. He had been referred to the Army Medical Board on 12 September, 1916 but had not been examined by July 1917 when he was referred to local Medical Officer of Health.

After the First World War

Source
Cyril Pearce, (University of Leeds) Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
The Kentish Mercury, September 8, 1916.


Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, March 1916

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