Taylor, Arthur David

He was 37 in 1916

27 Culverley Road, Catford

Arthur David Taylor was single and was a sheet metal worker. He lived in the same house as Samuel Lang who was also a conscientious objector.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War
His appearance before the Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on March 17, 1916. He claimed exemption on the grounds that he was in a certified occupation as a sheet metal worker and he also objected on conscientious grounds. The Tribunal made great play of the fact that he was working in a factory supplying the government with biscuit tins (biscuits and the tins the were stored in were an important item sent to front line troops) and suggested that this work should have gone against his conscience also. Arthur replied "you can't touch the world now without having some connection with war". His application was refused on both grounds and he was not considered for referral to the Pelham Committee.

War Service
He was conscripted into the Non-combatant Corps on 9 June 1916 in Camberwell and served with the 5 Eastern and 3 Southern companies at home until 3 May, 1919 when he was demobbed.

After the First World War

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Lewisham Borough News March 17, 1916

Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, May 2014.

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