As part of an exciting new project in Chesterfield Ben Copsey from the Peace Pledge Union will give an illustrated talk about the men who refused to fight in the First World War and who became known as Conscientious Objectors.



7pm at Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, S40 1NF
With the introduction of Conscription in 1916, thousands of men, for religious, political or ethical reasons, made a stand on the principle that no-one should be forced into the army – a stand that for many would lead to years in prison, ostracism, and for some, death.
Chesterfield was home to several of these men and had a connection to many more. The motivations, experiences and opinions of Engineers from Calow, Coal Merchants from Newbold, Socialists, Quakers and even Chesterfield’s (other) famous Post-War MP make a fascinating collection of sometimes odd, often passionate and always interesting stories of resistance and dissent.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, hopes to encourage local people to help in the research and bring their own family memories to this history, which will be published by the Derbyshire Record Office, used in school projects & as inspiration for young writers. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Sue Owen at

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