Their enemy was war itself
Although the Churches largely supported the First World War,
many individual Christians did not. Tim Wyatt
tells the story of some conscientious objectors
"YOUR country needs you," the famous First World War recruitment
posters said, a stern, moustachioed Lord Kitchener pointing at
every British man walking past who had not enlisted. As with the
Napoleonic Wars a century earlier, England expected every man to
fight, and perhaps die, for King and country. But what if your
primary duty was to God?
Bert Brocklesby, a schoolteacher and Methodist lay preacher, was
25 years old when the Great War broke out. A staunch pacifist, ...
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