Li­brary hosts war ex­hi­bi­tion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A NEW ex­hi­bi­tion will high­light the dif­fi­cult choices faced by Mac­cles­field fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity dur­ing the First World War.

War and Con­science: Choices Then and Now 1916-2016 will look back 100 years to when posters went up in Mac­cles­field and sur­round­ing vil­lages warn­ing men they would be con­scripted into the Armed Forces on March 2 1916.

Celia Davies, of East Cheshire Quak­ers, the group or­gan­is­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion, said: “Peo­ple may be sur­prised how un­pop­u­lar con­scrip­tion was, not just among the pub­lic, but within mil­i­tary ranks.

“Hun­dreds of Mac­cles­field men pre­sented them­selves at the Town Hall at tri­bunals on the grounds they were of more use in their em­ploy­ment at home; farm­ers, clerks, clog­mak­ers and even a tripe-seller, and sought ex­emp­tion from war ser­vice.”

Con­sci­en­tious Ob­jec­tors at­tended the tri­bunals too.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at Mac­cles­field Li­brary un­til Fe­bru­ary 27.

●● The War and Con­science ex­hi­bi­tion at Mac­cles­field Li­brary

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