‘ Conchies’ of WW1 re­mem­bered

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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

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