Booklet published by the Merton Historical Society, 36 pages. A4 size booklet (N7091X1)
In March and April 1916 Harold Brewster, a surveyor’s assistant employed by Merton and Morden Council, argued his case in front of two tribunals that no earthly court had a right to come between a man and his conscience. His conscientious objection was to the undertaking of all forms of military service. Resisting conscription exposed him to the hostility of the majority of the population and to the penalties, short of death, that military and civil rule could impose. In this study Keith Penny describes Harold Brewster’s wartime experiences as a conscientious objector, his early days in Merton and his life after the war was over.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.