Search for 'absolute' objectors

This guide was last updated in 2009

Finally, for the 'absolute' objectors who would often find themselves incarcerated, there are a number of avenues to explore.

The National Archives ( has records which may help you trace a prisoner. Further records relating to conscientious objectors who were jailed are also dotted around a variety of institutions. For example, Dartmoor Prison Museum, Devon, has the names of 200 objectors who were held there and reported to the medical officer as sick during their stay.

Furthermore, Richmond Castle in Yorkshire has brief details on First World War objectors it housed during that conflict. Closer to home, the County Record Office and local studies departments in libraries often also hold useful records of offences and offenders.


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