‘ Conchies’ of WW1 remembered
A comprehensive database of First WorldW War conscientious objectors hash been uploaded to the web.
Available via Lives of the First World WarW ( livesofthefirstworldwar.org), thet resource comprises more than 16,6001 records, revealing details of men whow refused to fight due to religious, ethical,e political or social reasons.
The records are drawn from a register createdc by Dr Cyril Pearce, a former senior lecturer at the University of Leeds. The result of work spanning 20 years, Pearce compiled the database using documents, letters, images, tribunal records and diaries.
The availability of the database on Lives of the First World War – launched in 2014 as a ‘permanent digital memorial’ to the conflict – means that users can add to the entries and share findings from their own research.
“While society rightly remembers those who fought and died, it forgot those who refused to fight,” said Karyn Burnham, author of the recently published book on conscientious objectors, The Courage of Cowards. “This release redresses the imbalance.”
Conscientious objectors imprisoned in Dyce Camp,
Aberdeen, during WW1