Collect basic information

This guide was last updated in 2009

As with all searches, the basic rules need to be followed to make sure that any information you uncover relates to the right person. Speak to family members, as many of you may have a conscientious objector in the family without realising it.

The differing levels of objection meant that some conscientious objectors were prepared to play a part in the war, as long as they weren’t expected to fight and kill. They were, for example, willing to help make munitions or go to the trenches as stretcher bearers or transport workers.

Uncovering a “partial” objector is more difficult than an “absolutist” like Edgar Kean, who we met in the introduction to this item. Absolutists invariably ended up before the courts and you have a better chance of finding a record of them.


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