Contentious Objectors

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What were contentious objectors?

During WW1 and WW2 they refused to fight because of their conscience. There were two types of objectors: absolutists and alternatives. Lots of contentious objectors were Quakers.

Absolutists didnt agree to supporting any war efforts

Alternatives didnt agree with fighting but helped with the war effort doing things such as driving ambulances 

How do you become a contentious objector?

In WW1 once you were conscripted (signed up to fight in the war) you had to declare you were a contentious objector and go through a tribunal of unsympathetic army generals who were not very willing to


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