The 1916 Military Service Act conscripted all single men between 18 and 41 – apart from the clergy, teachers, and those involved with essential industry. And conscientious objectors.
Extracts from soldiers' journals, diaries and letters that record the horrors of the bloodiest battle in British history, the 1916 Battle of the Somme.
Muhammad Ali was a conscientious objector in a long line of those who said no to war - from WW1 until today: “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. Wars of poverty are fought to map change”
There's no record that 16-year-old Jack Cornwell did anything brave, but a hero was needed for war propaganda to deflect criticism.
The British army's response to the crisis of shell shock on the Somme lingers today in the stigma that prevents many soldiers from seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder.
This game risks creating a misleading portrayal of the period and may unintentionally resuscitate a perception of global conflict that WW1 very much helped to dismantle.
Every year in May, International Conscientious Objectors’ Day (CO Day) is marked around the world to remember those who bravely refused to wage wars and destruction.
Beatle Paul McCartney's meeting with Betrand Russell, who was jailed for six months in the first world war for his anti-war views, led to John Lennon becoming anti-war.