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Publication - Professor Lois Bibbings

    Refusing to Kill

    Bristol's World War I conscientious objectors


    Bibbings, L, Clarke, J, Thomas, C & Dobbing, M, 2019, ‘Refusing to Kill: Bristol's World War I conscientious objectors’. Bristol Radical Pamphleteer (BRHG Books), Bristol, UK


    Over 580 men from the Bristol area refused to fight in World War 1. They claimed the status of conscientious objector (CO) for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles while others spent much of the war in prison, often under harsh conditions.

    This booklet and the exhibition on which it is based tell the story of these COs and the men and women who supported them. It also briefly considers COs in World War 2 as well as the position for present day members of the armed forces who develop conscientious objections.

    Full details in the University publications repository