Stone, Frank Griffin

He was aged 31 in 1917

3 Caterham Road, Lewisham

Frank Griffin Stone was single and worked as an auditor and accountant he was a member of the Plymouth Brethren

Conscientious Objection during the First World War
His appearance the Lewisham Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News and The Kentish Mercury on 3 March, 1916. He said he was Brethren and that he had applied because he had conscientious scruples, but he also felt that his work might grant him exemption. However the Military Service Tribunal suggested that this was less likely to make him exempt as he was willing to work for a firm engaged on a number of government contracts on the preparation of accounts for income-tax and excess profits duty. Although he said he could not kill, the Chairman said he did not object to other people doing it for him as what he was doing assisted the Government in killing Germans. This was in keeping with the Tribunal's question to other applicants on whether they paid their taxes and their suggesting if they did they were helping the war effort. He replied "Yes but I cannot kill" having previously said that he "could not go in for fighting whatever happens, it is against my conscience to fight". When his appeal was refused he became faint and ill and had to be carried out.

War Service
He was conscripted into the Non-Combatent Corps on 3 January, 1917 at Camberwell. He served with the 9 Eastern Company, Non-Combatant Corps from then until the 2 August, 1918 when he was transferred to the 7 Eastern Company from there; on 1 March, 1919 he was sent to 5 Southern Company and was demobbed on 9 June, 1919.

After the First World War
He returned to his address at 3 Caterham Road and is shown living there in Kelly's 1920 directory.

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
The Kentish Mercury March 3, 1919

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

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