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FENNER BROCKWAY

‘We were treated like animals without minds or personality. One day I saw a few blades of grass growing between two slabs of stone in the exercise yards. Young and green, they excited me like wine. I feasted my eyes on them each day.’

Fenner Brockway founded the No Conscription Fellowship in 1914 and served over two years in prison for conscientious objection during the First World War. He was chair of the No More War Movement (which later merged with the Peace Pledge Union) and chair of the Central Board for Conscientious Objectors for many years.

A Labour MP in the early 30's and from 1950 to 1964, later he became a life peer. At the age of 90, still concerned about resisting war he jointly founded with Philip Noel-Baker the World Disarmament Campaign. (1888-1988)

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Fenner Brockway statue Red Lion Square, London WC2. 1985.

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