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British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18A Very Much Abused Body of Men$
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James McDermott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084775

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084775.001.0001

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The matter of conscience

The matter of conscience

(p.36) 3 The matter of conscience
British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

James McDermott

Manchester University Press

This chapter argues that the social context cannot be discounted when assessing tribunalists' responses to pacifist sentiments. Their hostility to expressions of conscience was often apparent; less obvious, but equally prevalent, was their anxiety not to excite local grievances by demonstrably inconsistent or inequitable judgements. The broader criticism of the Tribunals is more difficult to rebut. Defining ‘conscience’ was a further problem for the Tribunals. It is suggested that local Tribunals were dealing peremptorily with conscientious objectors. The Tribunal were prepared to take the initiative in setting the terms of their authority in cases of conscience. A conscience of palpable integrity might entice a notable degree of respect from a Tribunal. Northamptonshire was a predominantly rural county with a strong tradition of voluntary recruitment. The Tribunals' ability to bridge the resulting gap largely determined the utility of their respective policies on conscience.

Keywords:   tribunalists, conscience, Tribunals, Northamptonshire, policies

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