Conscientious Objection in Wolverhampton

The men who wouldn’t go: some Wolverhampton reactions against 1st World War conscription.

Saturday 22nd February 10am-4pm

 at the Tractor Shed Bantock House, Finchfield Rd, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ


The local History Symposium will have several 20 minute talks on local history including (but not exclusively) Wolverhampton in the First World War.

Jefny Ashcroft’s  short talk deals with the experiences of local men who resisted (for reasons both personal and political) the state’s attempt at compulsion.

Figures as diverse as Harry Bagley (who many of us remember from his role in the Trades Council) a Quaker teacher from Tettenhall (first discovered by George Barnsby) and the middle -class architect who received one of the infamous white feathers will all be touched on briefly. They were united in their questioning of the State’s right to make them (or other workers) go to war.

Ring the Archives for more info: 01902 552480 for, details about tickets etc. 

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