Meet the Bromley men who refused to fight in WW1

PUBLISHED: 14:22 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:27 29 September 2016

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A talk is being held to commemorate those who made a stand against compulsary military service at Bromley Methodist Church

The fascinating tales of six men who refused to fight in the First World War will be brought to life in talk by a local history society next month.

Known as conscientious objectors, some men rebelled against conscription - an act first introduced in Britain 100 years ago making all men liable to be called up for military service from 1916 to 1920.

Now the stories of six men who objected to armed service will be told by the north west Kent family history society at their meeting on October 15.

Janet Digby, 64, from Beckenham, will be conducting the talk:

“The introduction of conscription in 1916 left many men feeling they didn’t want to go in the army, and from that they had to go before a tribunal where the authorities would then decide what to do with them.

“The men we will be talking about joined the Non-Combatant Corps (NCC), where they supported the army in a number of non-military roles wearing army uniform.”

Many of the men in the talk were granted exemption from combatant service at a Bromley tribunal, including a student living in Bromley who applied for exemption to finish his training as an engineer. He later joined the NCC in 1916, serving three years and 125 days in a non-combative role as he wished.

Membership of the north west Kent family history society costs £10 a year, although non-members are also welcome to attend a meeting before deciding whether to join.

The talk will take place from 10:30am at Bromley Methodist Church on College Road.

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