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Richmond WW1 Diary 10 May 1916

Conscientious Objectors sent to France In May 1916 the British government took dramatic action to try and break the conscientious objectors movement. Some 50 men were transported to France, 35 of them under the threat of a death sentence. On arrival the men were put on duty in Non Combatant Corps. On 10 May 1916,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 29 April 1916

British and Indian forces surrender to Turkey following the siege of Kut While the battle in Europe focused on controlling access to the supply ports, in the Middle East it focused on Baghdad. Then the city held the same psychological significance as today and the Allies believed if they could capture Baghdad, the Turkish forces…

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Objection and Execution

Influenced by a high-profile story of a local Conscientious Objector, Bertrand Russell, the Museum of Richmond looked for other stories. A few local residents staunchly upheld strong beliefs in the face of a tide of disapproval and ridicule and chose to become conscientious objectors. Their decisions were not to be underestimated and many of them…