British civilian alternativist conscientious objector in GB, 1939-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of period as alternativist conscientious objector in GB, 1939-1945: pacifist influences during 1930s; decision to become conscientious objector; question of joining Royal Army Medical Corps; changing attitude of Methodists on outbreak of Second World War; mother’s attitude towards his decision to become conscientious objector; suspension from employment with Brentford and Chiswick Borough Council, London, 1940; attending tribunal in Fulham Town Hall, London, 5/1940; reasons for not joining Society of Friends until 9/1945; employment with Watson’s Dairy in Hanwell, 6/1940-12/1940; reaction of people towards his conscientious objector stance; receiving conditional exemption from appellate tribunal; agricultural work for Cambridgeshire War Agricultural Committee.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude towards agricultural work; termination of contract with Cambridgeshire War Agricultural Committee; employment with Hertfordshire War Agricultural Committee; contact with home; financial problems with National and Local Government Officers Association; relations with fellow workers on land near Baldock; work with River Nene Catchment Board at Stilton; living conditions and accommodation; pay; drainage work on River Nene; relations between conscientious objectors; reasons for need to change employment; work as probationary nurse with St Bernard’s Hospital, Southall, 1943-1944.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with patients and staff; employment with St Ebba’s Hospital, Epsom; work at St David’s Home for Disabled Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in London, 1944; work with Friends’ Committee for Refugees and Aliens, GB, 1944-1945; question of returning to employment with Brentford and Chiswick Borough Council; attitude towards end of Second World War, 1945; employment on return from overseas service with Friends’ Relief Service, 1947. Reflections on peace movement, GB, 1980: role of peace movement, 1980; question of arms trade.
REEL 4 Continues: protesting against arms trade; opinion of effectiveness of peace movement in preventing war.