by Alfred William Evans, Conscientious Objector (more on his story later too).
Excerpts from Central Military Service Tribunal and Middlesex Appeal Tribunal: Minutes and Papers, Case Number: M56. (National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/)
Handwriting on front of file: JONES, ALFRED WILLIAM
Notice of Appeal. (Received) 6-3-16. (2) Grounds on which appeal made: I am a Conscientious Objector and absolutely refuse to take the Military Oath. I consider it inconsistent with the doctrines of Christ and absolutely abhorrent and although I am willing to perform R.A.M.C. [Royal Army Medical Corps] work for which I was recommended by the Local Tribunal I cannot do so under the Military Oath. (Signed: A.W. Evans). [Aged 20]
Reasons for the decision of the Local (Southall-Norwood) Tribunal
Applicant had offered his services for the RAMC and was still willing to undertake that service. [4-3-16]
Appeal dismissed 21/3/16
Reasons in support of the Application
Religious and Moral convictions.
I absolutely refuse to take human life as I consider it inconsistent with the doctrines of Christ.
I firmly believe in the Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man, and as God gave me my life I have no right to take it, still less indeed that of a fellow man.
I cannot take the Military Oath.
Signed: A. W. Evans Feb. 21st 1916.
Decision of the Tribunal: Exemption from combatant service only. F [as a CO]. The Tribunal recommend that Applicant be put in the R.A.M.C. 1/3/16
15-3-16 Appeal to be heard 21st March, Guildhall. 23-3-16 Decision that the Appeal be dismissed.
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS. HC Deb 01 August 1916 vol 85 cc10-210
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§Mr. FORSTER [replied] In view of the fact that this case will be considered by the Central Tribunal, no action in the matter is necessary.
24-4-18. Letter: Southall Trades & Labour Council to the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal.
[Alfred Evans was living in Southall at the time of his arrest; his workplace, or at least his employers' address, was in central London]
In view of the facts that Tribunals have now been asked to forward the names of persons who would have been given absolute exemption had the Tribunal realised it lay in their power, I am directed by the above Council representing approximately 2,000 Trades Unionists to forward the following resolution.
That this Council calls upon the Appeal Tribunal to reconsider the case of Alfred William Evans, a C.O. who has suffered various terms of imprisonment in this Country, also sentenced to Death n France and now undergoing a term of imprisonment in Maidstone Gaol. We Demand that this same be immediately forwarded to the Local Government Board, furthermore that all papers be obtained from the Local Tribunal who states that this case has passed out of their jurisdiction; also that this Council and the Parents be notified Date and Time of hearing, so that representatives may be the present on behalf of the above.
[Signed by Secretary]
See also (for multiple references to Alfred Evans, indexed): We Will Not Fight: the untold story of World War One’s conscientious objectors, by Will Ellsworth-Jones, London, Aurum, 2008; and http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/infodocs/cos/st_co_wwone3s2.html -references and quotes.