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Conscientious objection: From WWI to National Service

Monday 7 March 2016

Marjorie Gaudie reflects on the experiences of her father-in-law, Norman Gaudie, during WWI and of her husband, Martin Gaudie, during National Service [audio].

This interview forms part of World War I: Stories of conscience.

Stories of conscience explores the dilemmas facing those who followed their conscience in response to World War I. Using original and archive material, students of Bootham School York and relatives of WWI conscientious objectors tell the stories of ordinary people confronted by the decision to fight or to register a conscientious objection to military service. Listen in full online.

A CD of this recording is also available free from the Quaker Centre Bookshop; email quakercentre@quaker.org.uk or phone 020 7663 1030.

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