Display shows plight of war objectors
AN exhibition in memory of the difficult decisions faced by residents during the First World War has been opened by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Hilda Gaddum.
Visitors are flocking to Macclesfield Library to see War and Conscience: Choices Then and Now 1916-2016, which takes a look back to 100 years ago when military conscription meant every able-bodied man was eligible to be called up to fight.
The display was designed by Pat Baker and Celia Davies of East Cheshire Quakers, with support from Cheshire East Council.
Through photographs and first-hand accounts, it tells the stories of the town’s conscientious objectors and others who tried to exempt themselves on the premise they were of more use at home working.
Around 50 per cent of the town’s men applied to be excused service by a tribunal, but most failed in their efforts.
Celia said: “People have shown great interest in the display and the Mayor, Coun Gaddum, told me she thought it was really important to follow your conscience.”
The exhibition will be open at Macclesfield Library until Saturday, February 27.