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Peace Souvenir and Programme of Merton Festivities 1919


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OUR CONVICT SON: Harold Brewster 1895-1958: A Merton Objector to Conscription

In March and April 1916 Harold Brewster, a surveyor’s assistant employed by Merton and Morden Council, argued his case in front of two tribunals that no earthly court had a right to come between a man and his conscience. His conscientious objection was to the undertaking of all forms of military service. Resisting conscription exposed him to the hostility of the majority of the population and to the penalties, short of death, that military and civil rule could impose.

In this study, Keith Penny traces the full range of the penalties that young Harold Brewster endured in the name of conscience.

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Bulletin 206


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Wandle Valley Forum and Wandle Fortnight

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Merton Heritage Service events


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Surrey History Centre events

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Data Protection Policy

Merton Historical Society Data Protection and Privacy Statement (Provisional)

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Surrey Archaeological Society events


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Epsom & Ewell History & Archaeology Society events


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Friends of Whitehall Cheam events


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Streatham Society events


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London & Middlesex Archaeological Society lectures


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Carshalton & District History & Archaeology Society Events

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West Barnes Local History Group


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Docklands Local History Group events


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Richmond Local History Society events

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Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society events


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Bulletin 205

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Bulletin 204

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