York in the Great War
Your Towns and Cities in the Great War
In 1914–18 York welcomed troops and Belgian refugees, the Quaker community had to react to conscription, and Zeppelins bombed the city. This book explores the city’s wartime experience, drawing on contemporary publications, newspaper articles and photographs.
The Courage of Cowards
The Untold Stories of First World War Conscientious Objectors
There had never been conscription in Britain until the Military Service Act of January 1916, which stipulated that all men between the ages of 18 and 40 were 'deemed to have enlisted for the period of the war'. Using memoirs, letters and official documents this book explores the experiences of conscientious objectors during the First World War, from their conflicts with the system and ostracization by society to service in the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Non-Combatant Corps.