Playfair, David Paterson


19 Lewisham Park, Lewisham

He was 26 in 1916 and worked as a bank clerk, he told the police magistrate's court in Greenwich that he protested under Christian views.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
David refused to appeal to the Military Service Tribunal because, he told the court, that there was nothing to appeal against.

He was arrested as an absentee and his appearance before the Greenwich Police court magistrate is reported in the Kentish Mercury 7 April, 1916, under the heading Bringing in The Laggards/ Maximum Penality for Lewiaham Conscientious Objector. He was fined £25 for refusing to give an undertaking to serve, it was reported that he paid £24 immediately and was allowed some time for the payment of the remainder.

Further research may lead to details on how he spent the war years.

After the First World War:

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Kentish Mercury 7 April, 1916

Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, 24 January, 2017

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