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.
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.
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