CONSCIENCE AND CONVICTION: Bolton men who chose not to fight in World War One
A new exhibition has opened at Bolton Museum covering the untold story of some Bolton men who displayed a different sort of courage in World War One – by taking the difficult and highly unpopular decision not to go to war.
The first part of the exhibition looks at how the Quakers, a religious body with a long history of moral opposition to armed conflict, reacted to the outbreak of war. In September 1914 they set up the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU), which offered young men the chance to volunteer for a different kind of service, helping to reduce the suffering of war by running hospital trains and hospital ships.
The Abbatt family, local Quakers, had two sons who joined the FAU and served in France (one of whom helped rescue wounded serviceman from a torpedoed…
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