Letter to Capt. J.W.M.N. Hopkins

Date

1916-06-13

Title

Letter to Capt. J.W.M.N. Hopkins

Date

1916-06-13

Description

letter re: claim of exemption from military service

Subject

letter from WWI British C.O. re: refusal to be called up for military service

Coverage

Great Britain

Creator

Brockway, E. Fenner

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Format

image/jpg

Language

English

Type

letter

Identifier

BrockwayLetterToCaptainHopkins.jpg, BrockwayLetterToCaptainHopkins2.jpg

Transcription

The Cedars, Carrington Barn, Hawk Green, Marple

June 13th, 1916

Capt. J.W.M.N. Hopkins, Recruiting Office, Buxton

Dear Sir,

On returning home last night after addressing anti-conscription meetings in South Wales, I found your notice paper instructing me to present myslef [sic] at your office on the morning of June 24 and enclosing a railway warrant. I have to inform you that I am claiming exemption from the provisions of the Military Service Act on conscientious grounds, and consequently am not liable to be called to the colours until my claim has been finally dealt with.

I have further respectfully to say that even if the tribunals disallow my claim, I shall not feel able to obey any military order of military significance, and will not, therefore, answer your summons to the colours. I have no desire to shirk any consequences of this attitude and ask you to note my new address. Should I be refused exemption by the tribunals, I will leave my address at my house whenever I am away from home.

Faithfully yours,

P.S. I return the railway warrant. I am keeping the notice paper as a momento.

The Cedars, Carrington Barn, Hawk Green, Marple

June 15 1916

Capt. White Hopkins, Recruiting Officer, Buxton.

Dear Sir,

The Local Tribunal which will hear my claim for exemption on conscientious grounds is the Tribunal which sits at Marple. I do not know yet when the hearing will be. I have no objection to informing you of the date when I know it, and I will do so as a matter of courtesy, though you will recognise [sic] there is no obligation upon me to do so.

Faithfully yours,

Citation

Brockway, E. Fenner, “Letter to Capt. J.W.M.N. Hopkins,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed November 14, 2018, http://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1195.

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