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The Spalding Rural Tribunal dealt with a conscientious objector,when he was called upon to answer several important questions put to him by chairman, Mr W S Royce.

It was Robert William Webster (25), of Railway Cottages, Pinchbeck, married and a horseman for Mr F Neal.

In the grounds of his appeal, the applicant said he appealed for exemption because as a Christian he consecrated himself eight years ago to Jesus Christ to live up to the principles laid down in His Word and to keep His commandments,

He believed in the Word of God, which taught him that it was not the will of God that he should take part in an warfare, whether active or otherwise.

Because he sought to live up to the golden rule to do unto others as they would do unto him, and to love his enemies. If he took any part in war he should be incurring divine displeasure and would therefore jeopardise his eternal welfare.

Because he had held exemption from military service for two years. He had been engaged in agriculture and had previously been appealed for at Preston.

The chairman: "Don't you wish others to defend you?'

Webster: 'No, sir.'

Chairman: 'And you don't wish to defend others?'

Webster: 'Not by taking life or where it would bring others pain if I took part in it.'

Chairman: 'Suppose it was in the alleviation of pain - would you have any objection?'

Webster: 'That would depend on what kind of pain it was.'

The chairman: 'The appeal is dismissed'.



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