British civilian pacifist, clergyman and committee member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in GB, 1925-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of period as pacifist, clergyman and committee member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in London, GB, 1925-1945: childhood memories of First World War; influence of anti-war films and literature; his considering of ethical and theological question of good and evil; broadening of his Christian pacifist outlook; interest whilst attending Queen Mary College, London University, 1929-1934; parent’s support for his pacifist views; influence of Church of England; attitude of local clergyman towards his pacifism; comparison between public attitudes towards pacifism during First and Second World Wars; impact of early pacifists.
REEL 2 Continues: comparison between membership and character of Peace Pledge Union and Fellowship of Reconciliation; question of concept of ‘just war’ and Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine; problems of established church; reasons for remaining within the Church of England; question of view of imminence of war during 1930s; personal determination to be a pacifist.
REEL 3 Continues: question of improbability of pacifists preventing war; membership and work of committee for Fellowship of Reconciliation in London, 1939-1945; connections the school he taught had with peace movement activities; opinion of missionary role of pacifists; story of activities with Peace Pledge Union touring van in Cornwall and Dorset, 1938; memories of Ronald Duncan and Nigel Spottiswoode during tour, 1938.
REEL 4 Continues: experiences during Peace Pledge Union tour, 1938; degree of tolerance towards peace movement during 1930s; impact and influence of Dick Sheppard; theory and practise of open air speaking during Peace Pledge Union tour, 1938.