Bert Brocklesby

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  • Come with us
  • It is not in God's will
  • Do your drills!
  • No
  • Bert Brocklesby was a 25 year old teacher from Conisbrough. His father ran a successful grocery and his three brothers had joined the army. Bert had preached that war was against the 10 commandments of God.
  • Bert had received white roses from people that believed he was too much of a coward to fight in the war. After the introduction of conscription Bert was asked to join the army.
  • Bert was sent to a non-combatant corps but refused to do any work or drills.
  • Bert and 15 other conscientious objectors were sent to Richmond Castle to be imprisoned while the army decided what they would do with them.
  • Bert went to France with the other conchies but was sentenced to death for refusing to join the war effort (e.g. wear his uniform, do drills etc.). Luckily for Bert, the sentence was never carried out, along with the sentences of many other conchies.
  • Bert was released in 1919 since the government wanted nothing to do with the conchies. Bert went on to feed children in Austria that were still suffering from the war. However this cost him his marriage. After that he became a missionary in Africa and finally a teacher back in England
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