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I will get used to it

24 March, 2016 - 18:58 -- ElizabethP

As Quaker relief work in France extended, Hilda chose to move from where she had been working to Sermaize, where life was slightly calmer but facilities more basic despite increasing levels of illness in the area. In one of her last surviving letters from the war years, she said that some things are too complicated to explain in writing.

Sentenced to death

24 March, 2016 - 18:46 -- ElizabethP

Howard had arrived in France with sixteen other COs, all of them knowing that they faced the death penalty if they disobeyed orders while deemed to be on “active service”. After imprisonment and various punishments, four alleged ringleaders were singled out and court-martialled. Howard was one of them.

A prison diet

24 March, 2016 - 18:16 -- ElizabethP

John wrote a great deal about prison conditions in his letters home. As the war went on prison rations were cut severely. One unnamed conscientious objector described the effects in a letter written in 1918.


24 March, 2016 - 17:51 -- ElizabethP

Last week we saw John sentenced to six months’ hard labour. He began the sentence at Wormwood Scrubs. He was in the prison for only three weeks. He wrote a description of life there shortly afterwards. 


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