Rutter, William Farley (IWM interview)

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British civilian conscientious objector served with No 17 Ambulance Train, Friends' Ambulance Unit on Western Front, 1915-1918

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REEL 1: Background in Shaftesbury, 1888-1914: education; family; memory of Boer War; reaction to outbreak of war, 8/1914. Recollections of operations with No 17 Ambulance Train, Friends' Ambulance Unit on Western Front, 1915-1918: function of Ambulance Train; role of team members and treatment of casualties; question of pacifist beliefs and humanitarian work; relations with military; uniform; description of Ambulance Train and facilities for casualties; story of No 16 train being bombed by Germans; catering facilities on trains; question of Red Cross markings on trains; attitude to war and reinforcement of pacifist beliefs; story of troops boarding train; description of area covered by No 17 Train; attitude to treatment of conscientious objectors; co-operation with Red Cross and question of uniforms; question of recognition of work of Friends' Ambulance Unit; support of family in work and importance of Quaker background; memory of Armistice, 11/11/1918. REEL 2 Continues: assessment of role of Friends' Ambulance Unit during First World War; story of Casualty Clearing Station; description of dispensary on train; sleeping arrangements on train and number of carriages; attitude to living on train; question of pacifist beliefs and attitude to war.

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