Dis­play shows plight of war ob­jec­tors

Macclesfield Express - - BUILDERS ATTACKED AS THEY STEPPED IN TO STOP ASSAU -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.