Phillips, Harry

Born 1888

5, Nuding Road, Brockley

He was 29 in 1917, was married to Mary Margaret and worked as a shirt cutter. He was a Congregationalist

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
On 23 March 1917 Harry was drafted into the 17 London Regiment at Camberwell, but he refused to sign his army papers and refused a medical. He was court martialled at Winchester for disobeying orders on 7 April, was sentenced to 2 years hard labour and was sent to prison. The Central Tribunal at Wormwood Scrubs first heard his case on 16 June and requested references. On 17 July he was held to be a genuine conscientious objector and was sent to the Home Office scheme at Dartmoor.

While in Dartmoor he joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation as a new member, but resigned from the fellowship on 14 January, 1918.

After the First World War:

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Member of the British Army. Service record 574604.

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

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