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OBJECTING TO WAR
FIRST CO TO DIE
2 EUROPE GOES TO WAR
3 COUNTDOWN TO CONSCRIPTION
4 FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IN SOCIETY
5 NO CONSCRIPTION FELLOWSHIP
6 THE SECRET PRESS
7 MANY TRADITIONS
8 THE TRIBUNALS
9 TRANSCRIPTS
10 THE 'won't-fight-funks'
11 THE COST OF CONSCIENCE
12 UNWILLING SOLDIERS
13 ALTERNATIVES AND DILEMMAS
14 PRISON
15 THE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH
16 COERCION FAILS
17 DYCE
18 DARTMOOR
19 THEY WORK IN OVERCOATS
20 THE MEN WHO DIED
21 WINDING DOWN
21 SELECTION OF BOOKS
22 FROM CALL UP TO DISCHARGE


WHY WAR? supplement



part one
 - questions begin
 - the case of E. Draper
 - books
 -

 sample documents
 
- tribunal transcript
 - application for exemption
 - exemption certificate
 - statement
 - newspaper report
 - charge sheet
 - discharge
  
 also
   Jack's story through
   original documents

9 TRIBUNAL DOCUMENTS


1916 tribunal sitting in Preston. Note the military representative on the right


Tribunal records are few and fragmentary. The description of the tribunal, its participants and arguments here are based on contemporary records.

Questions you may want to consider
How can someone's 'conscience' be judged?
What is a conscience?
Why do we think it to be important?
Should anyone have the right to force someone to kill?

NOTE
Expressions used in contemporary records show a lack of understanding of some ‘legal’ or quasi legal terms. Though, for most practical purposes, everybody knows what was meant. The situation is no different today. In this narrative we try to keep close to the voices and expressions of the time.

For example, people used the term ‘trial’ when referring to the tribunal, which in technical terms, it was not, though no doubt it seemed like it to the participants. We speak of the ‘military representative’ much as people did, though technically this person has ‘the right to appear as party to every application heard by the Local Tribunal’ and to argue on behalf of the war office.

If knowing such details is important to you, feel free to contact the PPU with your query.

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