Watt, Robert McGarvie

Dates:
He was 37 in 1916

Address:
3 St. Margaret's Road, Brockley

Robert Watt and was a schoolmaster with the London County Council.

He was a Christian who attended the King's Weight House Congregational Church in Mayfair where Dr. William E. Orchard was the minister - see note below.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
Robert appeared before the Military Service Tribunal at Deptford on 16 March, 1916. His request for exemption was dismissed, but as he was willing to do civilian work of national importance he was ordered to remain in his present employment. This was a complex case and involved his being sacked by LCC, details can be found in: Letters in T.E.Harvey MP Correspondence FH/Temp.Mss.835 Box.7;-

Alternative Service during the War:
He continued to work as a schoolmaster under the terms of the 'work of national importance' scheme'.

Note: Dr. Orchard was an extremely kind and gentle man of whom George Baker a Sussex CO wrote "Despite my agnosticism, I had become for the duration of the Scrubbs only, a Congregationalist. The reason for this seeming hypocrisy was the fact that the Rev. W.E. Orchard DD, was acting as Congregationalist Chaplain at Wormwood Scrubs" see ref below.

After the First World War:

Source:
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Baker,G, Soul of a Skunk, (Eric Partridge at the Scholastic Press 1930) p.188
Harvey, T. Edmund, Temp Mss 835, includes correspondence with conscientious objectors and minutes of the Pelham Committee meetings and can be found at the Library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


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

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