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Watford's Quiet Heroes: Resisting The Great War

30 minute documentary made by Watford Quakers telling the dramatic and largely forgotten stories of some of the men who refused to fight in WWI. 

The legacy of conscientious objection and its relevance today are covered in over 2 hrs of additional features on the DVD. The DVD is available now from heroes@watfordquakers.org.uk 

Your Thoughts

Submitted by Janet Lees on
We have been researching the stories of our conscientious objectors @silcoates chapel. They were Congregationalists but with the same commitment.

Submitted by ElizabethP on
Thanks Janet. Yes there's lots of links between different groups who opposed WWI, all with the same aim even if the motivations were different. We have the story of Congregationalist Norman Gaudie on the site today at www.whitefeatherdiaries.org.uk/bringing-it-date-23

Related Materials

This introduction was delivered on 15 May 2014 at the launch of the Quakers in Britain World War I project.

These moving films give a chance for ordinary people to tell their personal story, accompanied by old photographs and illustrations from the period. Each of the six films lasts less than five minutes and can be watched separately or as a series.

This teaching resource uses original letters and photographs about the Friends Ambulance Unit. It offers relevant historical information to help children think carefully about the past.

This teaching resource uses original letters, leaflets and photographs about conscientious objection. It offers relevant historical information to help children think carefully about the past.

National expenditure on war and for all other purposes poster

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, volunteer for alternative service or register a conscientious objection to military service. 

Man in uniform shouting at man not in uniform

We will not fight is a short play. It tells the story of Bert Brocklesby's experience as a conscientious objector.

Taking a stand in WWI

This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of conscientious objectors in World War I.

WWI newspapers featuring historic and original articles. 1914, 1915 and 1916 editions available to download or order a free hard copy.

A timeline of WWI events from 1914 to 1918. Available to view online or download as a PDF.

'A Subtle Resistance: Scraps from a Bootham Diary in the Great War' is a play by Bootham School York.