British civilian absolutist religious conscientious objector imprisoned in Feltham Borstal, Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London and Oxford Prison, 1940-1944
REEL 1 Orphaned childhood and upbringing by grandparents. Family naval tradition. Employment and becoming fulltime Jehovah's Witness 1939; grandmother's strong reaction. Biblical basis of Witnesses' neutral position; explanation of non-pacifist and non-political views. Loyalty to theocracy. Story of conscientious objector friend chained to gun during First World War. Knowledge of anti-war organisations. Reasons for not speaking out against war. REEL 2 Class composition of Witnesses. Worldwide witnessing work during wartime despite persecution. Opinion of established church's attitude towards war. Importance of faith. Expectations on refusing medical. First tribunal; refusing non-combatant duties. Attitude towards servicemen who committed crimes to evade war. Receiving prison sentence. Support from Witnesses. Expectations of prison. Journey to and reception at Feltham Borstal May 1940. Accommodation, clothing, food and tailoring work. Meanness of inmates towards each other. Brutal treatment Heard received; warders turning blind eye. REEL 3 Behaviour of prison warders. Lack of privacy. Bathing routine. Unpleasant weekend conditions. Incident of having cocoa poured down neck. Scrubbing floors. Nature of inmates. Receiving no treatment when teeth knocked out. Mental state. Appellate tribunal and being sent to Wormwood Scrubs. Witness population at Wormwood Scrubs. Relations with other COs; Prison conditions: accommodation; thefts; reading; letters and visits. Relations with other religious groups. Witnessing experiences in country and London after prison. REEL 4 Refusing railway work: further prison sentence. Journey to Oxford Prison; work and food. Reasons for refusing directed occupation. Being treated as second offender and mixing with criminals. Mental state in prison and importance of experience. Receiving one shilling for fare home. Firewatching. Reflections on world situation. Picking up career. Benefits from CO experiences; worst aspects. Treatment as a CO; treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses.