Thursday, 6 October 2016

A Conscientious Objector and his Family

Springfield Road, Leighton Buzzard [Z1432/1/2]

Friday 6th October 1916: The Guardians of the Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union have been asked to provide information in relation to William Rose, a conscientious objector from Linslade. Mr. Rose was convicted at a court martial for disobedience of lawful commands, and his case has been sent by the Central Appeal Tribunal to the committee for the employment of conscientious objectors. The Home Office has provided that where such men are to be employed on work of national importance, separation allowances will be paid to their dependents if necessary. The Relieving Officer for Leighton is now making inquiries into the situation of Mr. Rose’s wife, who lives at 10, Springfield Road, Linslade. He has been asked to find out how many children the couple have, what their average weekly income was before Mr. Rose’s arrest, and how this compares to their current average weekly income. If it seems likely that the family would otherwise be forced to claim poor law relief, Mrs. Rose will receive a separation allowance.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 10th October 1916

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