Oldham Historical Research Group

'THE GREAT WAR',     'THE WAR TO END WAR',     'WORLD WAR 1'
'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.'
                                                                                                  
from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION IN WW1

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LOCAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS IDENTIFIED
The search for newspaper reports on conscientious objectors is ongoing.
Most Tribunals were reported in both papers, sometimes with a slight difference in detail.
Many would accept a final tribunal decision and enlist in the army or go to non-combatanat service, if offered.
A significant number would remain as COs for the duration of the war, serving one or more sentences in prison, lasting into 1919.
Surname
(Brothers * )
Forename/s
Year of Birth
Address at Tribunal or
in Army Records if given (1916 - 1918)

Red from 1911 Census
Oldham Chronicle
Entry
Oldham Standard
Entry
Pearce CO List
IWM
1
WO 363
Records
at
TNA
2
William
1887
38 Mallalieu Street, Royton, Oldham
20/3/1916
21/04/1916
5/7/1916
7/9/1916
15/11/1916
John
1893
8 Trinity Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
11/03/1916
Found
Samuel
1888
83 Burlington Avenue, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916
11/03/1916
Found
Clarence
1893
45 Canal Street, Bottoms, Hollinwood, Oldham
18/03/1916
Matthew
1887
Bristol Street, Oldham
16/09/1916
Frank
1893
124 Brompton Street, Oldham
11 /03/1916
01/4/1916
Miles
1890
25 Buckley Street, Oldham
18/03/1916
Leonard
1893
89 Brewerton Road, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916
11/03/1916
Thomas
c1877
Moorside, Oldham
06/01/1917
Squire
1885
21 Oxford Street, Shaw, Oldham
08/03/1916
F [Francis?]
c1895
Oldham?
Samuel
1899
13 Pitt Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
28/08/ 1916
11/03/1916
William
1880
67 Mayfield Road, Oldham
08/7/1916:
29/7/1916
Bramold
(Bramall?)
Frank
Oldham
11/03/1916
Henry
1895
7 Brompton Street, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916
11/03/1916
Found
Brierley
James
c1899
14 Old Edge Lane, Royton, Oldham
Broadbent
John Thomas
1882
11 Broadbent Street, Waterhead, Oldham
James Cyril
1886
Sharples Hall Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
10/03/1916
William Edward
c1883
688 Oldham Road, Failsworth
22/03/1916
John
c1898
19 Roman Road, Failsworth
18/3/1916;
08/4/1916
David
1891
65 Napier-street East, Oldham
18/3/1916;
Charlesworth
Alfred
1895
248 Copsterhill Road, Oldham
1/4/1916:
1/4/1916:
11/1/1917
Found
Job
1877
3, Widdop Street
8/7/1916
28/09/1916
William
1893
23 Churchill Street, Oldham
11 /03/1916
01/4/1916
29/4/1916
William E
Suthers Street, Middleton
24/03/1916
Albert Whittaker
c1896
45 Robinson Street, Chadderton, Oldham
14/03/1916
06/5/1916:
27/5/1916
18/03/1916
Found
Davies
Philip Taliesin
c1895
Queen's College, Oxford
Found
Ervin
1879
179 Minor Street, Failsworth
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
Harold
1885
25 Seymour Street, Hollinwood, Oldham
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
Doodson
wrongly, as 'Dootson'
Arthur Thomas
1891
Manor Road, Shaw, Oldham
08/3/1916;
03/6/1916
HERE
as 'Dootson'
Thomas Edward
1881
63 Villa Road, Oldham
09/12/1916
Dunstan &
as Donstan
Ernest Charles
1890
247 Henshaw Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
10/03/1916
Joseph
11/03/1916
Vincent
1895
Nab End Farm, Dobcross, Saddleworth, Yorkshire
Found
Charles
c1879
Stevenson Street, Failsworth
19/5/1916
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
Found
John
1879
220 Manchester Road, Werneth, Oldham
08/7/1916;
18 July 1916:
27/7/1916;
03/03/1917
Found
Charles Edward
1879
52 Bamford Street, Chadderton, Oldham
11/11/1916;
09/12/1916
John
1893
105 Robinson Street, Chadderton, Oldham
14/03/1916
06/05/1916
18/03/1916
Fred
1895
240 Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham
14/3/1916
6/5/1916
27/05/1916
18/03/1916
Gadsby *
Harry
1900
240 Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham
Frank George
1891
Bridgewater Street, Oldham
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
Albert
1897
9, Hawthorne Road, Hollins, Oldham
11 /03/1916
01/4/1916
Walter
c1895
9, Hawthorne Road, Hollins, Oldham
11 /03/1916
01/4/1916
Haydn
1888
1 Leach Street, Royton, Oldham
20/03/1916
21/04/1916
Found
Hubert
1890
1 Leach Street, Royton, Oldham
20/03/1916
21/04/1916
Found
Addison Stanley
1896
1 Leach Street, Royton, Oldham
20/03/1916
21/04/1916
Found
John
1893
24 Under Lane, Hollinwood, Oldham
14/03/1916
18/03/1916
Found
James Herbert
1894
57 Hartley Street, Oldham
11 /03/1916
01/4/1916
Greenwood
Lees
1891
3 Ceylon Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
Found
R
Middleton
16/02/1917
Hamlet
Samuel
1884
111 Higher Wood Street, Middleton
24/03/1916
Found
Jesse
c1890
30 Hale Lane, Failsworth
18/3/1916;
08/4/16
Found
John
c1887
30 Hale Lane, Failsworth
18/3/1916;
08/4/16
Found
F
Oldham? (or Droylsden)
Harrison
Marriott Herbert
1889
32 Churchill Street East, Oldham
Found
Haslam
Frederick
1897
437 Oldham Road, Middleton
06/06/1917
William Henry
1892
13 Montgomery Street, Hollinwood, Oldham
Herbert
Taylor
Oldham
Arthur
11/03/1916
Albert
1900
Sholver Hey Farm, Moorside, Oldham
03/05/1918
20/05/1918
18/04/1918
William
1888
18 Ripon Street, Oldham
27/7/1917;
11/8/1917
Ernest
1896
217 Horsedge Street, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916
11/03/1916
James
1891
217 Horsedge Street, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916
10/03/1916
Found
Joseph
1887
217 Horsedge Street, Oldham
11/03/1916
Hill
Robert
1891
17 Birchenlea Street, Hollinwood, Oldham
Stephen
1892
17 Falcon Street, Oldham
11/03/1916
Found
Hoyle
Frank
1897
21 Norbury Street, Oldham
11/03/1916
Found
Frederick
1889
8 Fulham Street, Oldham
20/09/1916
20 /09/1916
Found
James
1900
3 Spencer Street, Hollinwood, Oldham
William
c1893
70 Wrigley Head, Failsworth
08/04/1916
Found
Kean
Edgar
c1897
9 Top Street, Middleton
21/03/1916
Found
Kenyon
Wilfred
c1890
17 Morton Street, Middleton
21/03/1916
Found
George Thomas
1895
12 Hereford Street, Oldham
01/4/1916:
29/4/1916;
07/7/1917
11/03/1916
Found
Ernest
1892
29 Fielding Street, Oldham
24/03/1917
05 /04/1917
Cyrus
1889
Lower Stones, Delph, Saddleworth
13/10/1916
Found
John
1892
Lower Stones, Delph, Saddleworth
13/10/1916
Found
Harold
1888
16 Godson Street, Shaw, Oldham
08/03/1916
Mallalieu
Fred
1892
46 Kelverlow Street, Oldham
11/3/1916;
01/4/1916;
06/5/1916
Found
Ross
1889
Rush Hill, Dobcross, Saddleworth, Oldham
Found
Arthur
1892
20 Union-street, Royton, Oldham
20/03/1916
21/04/1916
Tom
1883
89 Cambridge-street.
7/12/ 1916
Thomas
c1895
98a Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham
18/03/1916
George
1883
119 Brewerton Road, Oldham
11/03/1916
Mellor
Bethel
1894
Berry Street, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Oldham
Albert
1887
Long Street, Middleton
24/03/1916
Muskett
Albert
1898
1 Long Street, Midddleton
21/04/1916
Harold
1886
5, Green lane, Oldham
8/07/1916
Harry
1890
370 Huddersfield Road, Oldham
01/4/1916;
29/4/1916
Found
Fred
1886
43, London Road
8/07/1916
Parker *
Alfred
1899
252 Copsterhill Road, Oldham
18-Apr-1917;
06-Jun-1917
Found
John
1897
252 Copsterhill Road, Oldham
01/04/1916
07/06/1916
11/03/1916
Found
Parker *
William
c1893
252 Copsterhill Road, Oldham
Thomas Douglas
1877
110, Clarksfield Road, Oldham
William
c1894
122 Oldham Road, Failsworth
18/3/1916;
08/4/1916
Harry
Turf Pit Lane, Moorside, Oldham
8/07/1916
Ernest William
40 Derby Street, Oldham
11/03/1916
Walter
1883
35 Ashton Road East, Failsworth
18/3/1916;
08/4/1916
David
Edge-lane Farm, Royton, Oldham
20/03/1916
21/04/1916
Prescott
Cecil
1892
The Bungalow, Butterworth Street, Heyside, Oldham
Found
John
44a Godson Street, Oldham
11/03/1916
Fred
1881
20 Devon Street, Werneth, Oldham
04/7/1916;
27/7/1916;
12/8/1916
John
1883
719 Oldham-road, Bardsley, Ashton - under - Lyne
25/03/1916
Rodgers *
Charles
1879
44 Barker Street, Oldham
Found
Ro[d]gers *
Frank
c1890
44 Barker Street, Oldham
01/4/1916;
19/4/1916
Rodgers *
Fred
1885
Crompton Street, Oldham
Harvey
1891
21 Oldham Road, Shaw, Oldham
08/03/1916
Schofield
Reuben
1883
163 Ashton Road, Oldham
01/04/1916
Found
Joseph
1889
85 Redgrave Street, Oldham
10/03/1916
Found
Smith Moss
1877
30 Harper Street, Oldham
06/7/1916;
08/7/1916;
07/8/1917
11/08/1917
Arthur
11 Glodwick
09/03/1916
Ralph Robert
1884
235 Park Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
11/03/1916
Anthony
1886
38 Siddall Street, Oldham
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
James Henry
c1889
14, Nutter Street, Oldham
[on 1901 census]
11/03/1916
Thomas
c1893
14, Nutter Street, Oldham
[on 1901 census]
11/03/1916
William
c1883
14, Nutter Street, Oldham
[on 1901 census]
11/03/1916
Charles Henry
1892
5 Studley Street, Oldham
01/4/1916;
29/4/1916
Found
Frank
Chadderton, Oldham
02/06/1917
Taylor
George William
c1877
71 Green Street, Middleton
21/03/1916
Found
Gladstone
1877
163 Minor Street, Failsworth
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916
Herbert Willott
1897
Ivydene, Sharon, Grasscroft [Greenfield?], Saddleworth, Oldham
Thompson
Thomas F
c1897
2 Henthorn Street, Shaw, Oldham
01/4/1916;
24/6/1916
11/03/1916
Found
Willie
1889
Stanley Road Council School, Chadderton
Found
Turner
Samuel
c1881
66 Coalshaw Green Road, Chadderton, Oldham
David
c1885
34, Norfolk Street, Werneth, Oldham
08/07/1916
Daniel
1896
656 Middleton-road, Chadderton, Oldham
14/03/1916
27/05/1916
HERE
(possible)
E
Oldham
Robert Edwin Harris
1893
The Post Office, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Oldham
William Gladstone
1898
The Post Office, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Oldham
Whitehead
Harry
1886
271 Henshaw Street, Oldham
10/03/1916
08-Mar-1917;
06-Jun-1917
Whitehead
Herbert
c1887
18 South Hill Street, Oldham
Whitehead
Joseph
1884
23 Widdop Street, Oldham
Leonard
1888
10 Minton Street, Oldham
08/7/1916;
29/7/1916;
12/8/1916
Arthur
1890
Chamber Road, Oldham
04/7/1916;
27/7/1916;
11/8/1917
12/8/1916;
07/08/1917
Withnell
John Whittle
1883
21 Manor Road, Shaw, Oldham
04/08/1917
Found
Wolstenhulme
William
c1888
Percival Street, Oldham
13/05/1916
Joseph
c1885
600 Huddersfield Road, Waterhead, Oldham
Percy
1893
74 Coppice Street, Oldham
01/04/1916
Wrather
Tom
1894
18 Dalton Street, Chadderton, Oldham
06/05/1916

Table compiled by Dorothy Bintley
The search for newspaper reports on conscientious objectors is ongoing.
Most Tribunals were reported in both papers, sometimes with a slight difference in detail.

1You can find the names and further details of all known Conscientious Objectors on the Pearce List - accessible at 'IWM - Lives of the First World War'. You will need to register but there is no charge to view the CO entries.

2 TNA is The National Archives at Kew, in London, and the collection WO 363 consists of the Military Service Records of soldiers in WW1. They are also known as the 'Burnt Records' as over half of the collection was destroyed in a bombing raid during WW2. Those that remain (about 40%) are in a poor condition, water and fire damaged, but can still add a great deal to our understanding. They can be accessed at the National Archives or through subscription Family History sites such as 'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past', and frequently available to use in Public and Local Studies Libraries. More information at TNA HERE.

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