Raitt, William Robert

Dates:
c.1875 to 20 February, 1945

Address:
William was 41 years in 1916 and lived at 115, Silvermere Road Catford together with his wife Jane Sarah nee Bradshaw. They had married on 2 May 1900 in Bow Baptist Chapel and by 1916 had 5 children Emmie, Annie Elizabeth, William Cyril Samuel, Eva and Arthur James. His father William Henry lived at 181 High Street Deptford and his brother Arthur Edwin Raitt was also a conscientious objector and William wrote to T.E Harvey, M.P on his behalf when Arthur was imprisoned following a court martial for disobeying orders.

William was a Seventh Day Adventist and worked as a Missionary Canvasser.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
He was granted exemption from serving as a combatant by a Military Service Tribunal.

War Service:
William accepted conscription into the Non Combatant Corps on 12 December, 1916 and served with the 1st Company in Aldershot until he was demobbed on 2 April, 1919.

After the First World War:
He died on 20 February 1945 at 60 Vicarage Road Watford, the National Probate Calendar gives his address as 881 St. Albans-road, Garston, Watford Herefordshire.

Source
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Record of Service no 3461 at NA W0363 on line
Letter 16.9.16 in T.E.Harvey MP Correspondence Friends House Temp.Mss.835 Box.5
National Probate Calendar


Ann O'Brien, Volunteer, Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, June 2015
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