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Refusing to Kill: Bristol's World War I conscientious objectors

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Original languageEnglish
TypeCollaboratively produced local history booklet - reflecting local collaborative research
Media of outputlocal history booklet
Publisher or commissioning bodyBristol Radical Pamphleteer (BRHG Books)
Number of pages84
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
ISBN (Print)9781911522492
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Mar 2019
DatePublished (current) - 23 Apr 2019

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NameBristol Radical Pamphleteer


Over 580 men from the Bristol area refused to fight in World War 1. They claimed the status of conscientious objector (CO) for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles while others spent much of the war in prison, often under harsh conditions.

This booklet and the exhibition on which it is based tell the story of these COs and the men and women who supported them. It also briefly considers COs in World War 2 as well as the position for present day members of the armed forces who develop conscientious objections.

    Research areas

  • World War 1, conscientious objection, Bristol


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