Religion: Conchies

Last week the British Christian News Letter informed its readers what His Majesty's Government are doing about Britain's conscientious objectors. Out of 300,000 young men of conscription age, 4,338 "conchies" had registered. Once registered, each objector had to appear before a local tribunal. In many cases the "conchies" were coached in advance by pacifist bodies—the Peace Pledge Union, the Fellowship of Reconciliation—whose representatives sat in the courtrooms. Fifteen per cent were given unconditional exemption from military service; 45% were allowed to undertake civil work or training; 23% were put down for noncombatant...

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