The National Records of Scotland talk – ‘New thoughts on British War Resisters, 1914-1918’
New thoughts on British War Resisters, 1914-1918
22 May 2017, 17:00 – 18.00, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
Cyril Pearce is a retired Leeds University Lecturer. His principal research interest in British war resisters in World War One was first stirred in the late 1960s when he met two Huddersfield men, who had both been Conscientious Objectors (COs) and who claimed that Huddersfield had been ‘special’ during the First World War because of the strength of its anti-war community. That led him to the research on which his book, ‘Comrades in Conscience: The story of an English community’s opposition to the Great War’ (new edition, 2014) was based.
The search for other ‘Huddersfields’ has driven his last twenty years’ work and has resulted in the Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors, a database of more than 18,000 COs which went online in May 2015 as part of IWM’s Lives of the First World War website.
The event is free but booking is required.