Maclachlan, Lewis (Oral history)

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  • 565
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  • whole: Duration 90, Number Of Items 6
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British civilian student in Scotland, GB, 1914-1915; alternativist conscientious objector working with Fellowship of Reconciliation in GB, 1916-1918

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REEL 1 Aspects of period as student in Scotland, GB, 1914-1915: educational background; management of YMCA camp for Black Watch en route overseas, 1914; parents' attitude towards pacifism; family disgrace; justification for Officers' Training Corps participation; expectation that pacifists would be shot. REEL 2 Continues: amazement at number of pacifists; unemployment due to conscientious objection; student Christian Movement Conference, 1915 including Richard Roberts and case for pacifism. Recollections of period as alternativist conscientious objector working with Fellowship of Reconciliation in GB, 1916-1918: employment by Fellowship of Reconciliation; practical advice for pacifists. REEL 3 Continues: Fellowship of Reconciliation committee members; memories of Reginald Sorenson; compatibility of socialism and pacifism; confrontation with Lloyd George. REEL 4 Continues: pacifist principles in daily life; Riverside Colony for delinquents; memories of Russell Hoare; pacifists' role in society; Society of Friends and pacifism; pacifists and war work. REEL 5 Continues: personal attitude towards pacifism in First and Second World Wars; work of Second World War conscientious objectors; Pacifism, Christ and Christianity; foreign pacifists. REEL 6 Continues: suspicion of story of death sentence pacifists; question of lack of general public knowledge about conscientious objectors; church sermons in wartime; militancy of No Conscription Fellowship; memories of Fenner Brockway.

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