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Gerald Pryke: Conscientious Objector

Gerald Pryke describes his experience as a conscientious objector during WW2, including detention in a disused cotton mill in Chorley and a tribunal in Lancaster Castle. Elsewhere he explains that he was a conscientious objector because of his Christianity, which meant that he did not want to fight fellow Christians, for whom ‘I should have had care rather than enmity.’

I was not aware at the time that the Commanding Officer had been reprimanded for allowing ill treatment of conscientious objectors ... so we were treated reasonably.