Williams, Hugh Shackfield

He was 38 in 1916

45, Manor Park Road, Lee

Hugh Shackfield Williams worked as a traveller for a shop-fitter. His mothers address as next of kine is given as Old Market Place, Malpas Cheshire on his army records.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
His appearance before the Lewisham Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News of March 3 1916. He told the tribunal he had considered the proposals about the new Non-Combatant Corps and thought he might just as well be an ordinary soldier as be in that, as the only thing he wished to do was to attend to the wounded and sick.

War Service:
He was conscripted at Camberwell on 24 March, 1916 into the 4th Battalion of The Bedfordshire Regiment and was immediately transferred to the Non-Combatant Corps 1st Eastern Company. He served with the NCC at home from 24 March 1916 to 20 April 1916, and in France from 20 April 1916 onwards.

After the First World War:

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
Lewisham Borough News, March 3 1916.

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

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