British civilian conscientious objector and medical student at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, GB, 1938-1943; doctor with St Mary’s Abbott Hospital, Kensington and St Nicolas’ Hospital, Plumstead, London, GB, 1943-1945; worked with Emergency Medical Service at Alfred Bean Hospital in Driffield, GB, 1945-1946; medical officer served with Royal Army Medical Corps in GB, Libya and Italy, 1946-1948
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1935-1939: attitude to joining Officers Training Corps, 1935; Christian upbringing; reaction to clergy’s wartime role; degree of awareness of First World War conscientious objectors and Peace Pledge Union; isolation of position; starting medical course at St George’s Hospital in London, 1938. Recollections of period as conscientious objector and medical student at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, GB, 1939-1944: registering as conscientious objector although in reserved occupation as medical student, 1940; death of brother in air raid on London, 16/4/1941; his willingness to serve in Royal Army Medical Corps and treat military casualties. Aspects of period as doctor with St Mary Abbott’s Hospital, Kensington and St Nicolas’ Hospital, Plumstead in London, 1944-1945: attending tribunal at Fulham Town Hall, London, 1944; attitude of tribunal towards applicants.
REEL 2 Continues: degree of awareness of acquaintances of his conscientious objector stance; move to St Nicolas’ Hospital in Plumstead, 1944; V1 explosion at St Nicolas’ Hospital; question of answering anti-fascist war argument; firewatching duties; reading anti-war literature; limited contact with conscientious objectors. Aspects of period as doctor with Medical Emergency Service at Alfred Bean Hospital in Driffield, GB, 1945-1946: treating British and German military patients; reaction of British patients to the singing of carols to German patients, Christmas, 12/1945. Aspects of period as medical officer with Royal Army Medical Corps in GB, Libya and Italy, 1946-1948: background to joining Royal Army Medical Corps, 1946; volunteering for overseas service; reasons for joining Royal Army Medical Corps; implications of his conscientious objector stance; prior recollection of following progress of war and attitude towards it.
REEL 3 Continues: Reflections on pacifism: attitude towards Germans; reaction to dropping of atomic bombs on Japan, 8/1945; question of distinction between aerial bombardment and infantry combat; question of war as a communal responsibility; concerns of Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.