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‘Whatever the Penalty: Taking a Stand’

Categories: Articles:Peacemaking | Published: 19/10/2016 | Views: 1036
You Tube documentary on WW1 Conscientious Objectors
This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of Conscientious Objectors in World War One at the old Quaker HQ, Devonshire House in Bishopsgate.  They represented a small minority who defied the 1916 Military Service Act - the law that introduced Conscription to Britain for the first time.

Members and supporters of the 'No Conscription Fellowship', they were determined to stand by their religious and political convictions, whatever the penalties. In doing so they faced intense public hostility, ridicule, violence and even death. Our current anti-war struggles owe a lot to their pioneering courage.  Feel free to share this film as you wish. A DVD of the film, including an interview with historian Cyril Pearce, is available price £4 including postage from heroes@watfordquakers.org.uk. View the You Tube film here More films on the theme of war and peace are available here  
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