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Posted on Thursday 15th May

Today; Thursday, 15 May, marks the annual International Conscientious Objectors Day – raising awareness for those who refuse to participate in armed conflict.

International Conscientious Objectors Day is marked around the world on 15 May every year.

A brief ceremony – organized by the Peace Pledge Union – will be held at noon at the Commemorative Stone in Tavistock Square, London, during which the names of representatives are read out and a white flower place for each of the 50 names.

Karyn Burnham, author of a brand new book which reveals the untold stories of Conscientious Objectors during the First World War, The Courage of Cowards will be marking the day with an event at The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley tonight at 7pm. Tickets and information is available via www.grovebookshop.com.

Further Reading

The Courage of Cowards

Only £16.99

The Courage of Cowards

(Hardback - 134 pages)
by Karyn Burnham

To many they were nothing more than cowards, but the 'conchies' of the First World War had the courage to stand by their principles when the nation was against them...

An innovative new history of conscientious objectors during the First World War. Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, Karyn Burnham reconstructs the personal stories of several men who refused to fight, bringing the reader face-to-face with their varied, often brutal, experiences.Read more...


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