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Role of Quakers as Conscientious Objectors

Brighton Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street is hosting a major exhibition of “Quaker Service in a Time of War”, commemorating the many local Quakers who served their country as Conscientious Objectors during the 1914-18 World War.

Leonard in his FAU uniform
Leonard Devereux Credit: Friends Meeting House

Local Quakers such as Leonard Devereux, who objected to military service on religious and conscientious grounds, had to face an often hostile Tribunal to be allowed to serve in other ways.

Leonard joined the Friends Ambulance Unit from 1915, and after first aid and ambulance training served for the rest of the War on ambulance trains, keeping a vivid diary of his experiences.

 The Hospital Train where Leonard served
Ambulance train Credit: Friends Meeting House

Leonard lived in Prestonville Road, worked as a solicitor’s clerk and was involved with the Brighton Quakers Adult School in Ship Street before the War. The Devereux family, like many others, had strong connections to Brighton Quaker Meeting, and Leonard’s daughters were both married in the Meeting House.

The exhibition is open until the 24th July

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Diaries 'allow us to hear voices of WW1 soldiers'

The publication of thousands of diaries from servicemen who fought in the First World War will enable their voices to heard, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.

Read: First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:

The National Archives' digitised First World War unit diaries will allow us to hear the voices of those that sacrificed their lives and is even more poignant now there are no living veterans who can speak directly about the events of the war.

This new online vehicle gives a very public voice to some of these soldiers, through which we will be able to hear their thoughts and feelings.

Read the diaries on the National Archive site here

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First World War diaries 'to humanise' historical battle

The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.

Read: First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

The dairies are the most popular records held from the National Archives First World War collection. Credit: Press Association

The diaries are the most popular records from The National Archives' First World War collection and are being digitised as part of the organisation's centenary programme.

Mr Spencer said he hopes the publication of the diaries will enable people to learn more about the First World War, and shed some light on the thoughts and feelings of the men who fought it. He said:

"It's interesting because it's humanising it. War is a de-humanising thing."

Read the diaries on the National Archive website here

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First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

Hundreds of thousands of pages of diaries from units from the First World War have been digitised and will be available to read online today.

The National Archives is publishing the first batch of unit diaries from France and Flanders as part of the organisations centenary programme.

Around 300,000 pages of First World War unit Credit: Press Association

The organisation is hoping that "citizen historians" will read the diaries to unearth new discoveries about life at war.

Boy finds WWI bomb

When a six-year-old boy from Dartford decided to test out his new metal detector he could never have imagined what drama it would spark.

Oliver Hudd's parents thought he would perhaps find some scrap metal or maybe even some jewellery or coins.

As Jenny Line reports, they certainly didn't expect him to stumble across a WWI bomb.

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