War objectors’ graffiti must be saved, says English Heritage

Fragile walls at Richmond Castle bear rare first-hand testimonial from men who refused to serve in first world war…

Source: War objectors’ graffiti must be saved, says English Heritage

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10 thoughts on “War objectors’ graffiti must be saved, says English Heritage

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Sarah. I didn’t know anything about it. My grandfather, aged 18, and his two older brothers were conscientious objectors in WW1 at the beginning of conscription. They were sentenced to hard labour and ended up in Dartmoor. I have very little information about them as it was never really spoken about and it’s only through the diligent effort being made in recent years to record these accounts that I’ve discovered their army court martial files and sentences. My grandfather was so against war, he sent my father as a teenager over to Ireland from Oldham in 1950 to finish his apprenticeship, as he did not want him to do military service. That was how he met my mother and he’s been here for the past 66 years.

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  2. This is such an interesting post. I can envision many heated discussions. The bottom line is freedom; and freedom of speech is a part of our constitution. We may or may not like the speech, yet the freedom to speak and write is fundamental to our democracy. Also, preserving history is incredibly important. Thank you! -Jennie-

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  3. We may not like it, but that’s why we fight – so that people have the freedom to say what they feel. And history should be saved, not hidden under he rug or erased from the books and flag poles.
    Remember the line – “I may not like what you say, but I’ll fight to the death your right to say it.”

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