The hearing of Ernest H Brown
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On 24 March 1916, the Shipley Times & Express published a report of the Shipley Military Tribunal which included considering the appeals of a number of Conscientious Objectors. The members of the tribunal were Cllr Thomas Hill (chairman), Cllrs C E Learyod, F F Rhodes, T F Doyle, Mr Ernest Illingworth and Mr J A Burton (representing the military authority). “There were 32 cases to be dealt with and of these 22 were conscientious objectors. A large number of the public attended and the accommodation of the room in which the Tribunal was held was taxed to its utmost.” The reports appear to have largely carried a verbatim note of what was said on both sides.
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A bootmaker called Ernest H Brown, in the employ of the Windhill Co-operative Society, Ltd., asked for an impartial hearing and added that Cllr Doyle was sitting on the Tribunal with the consent of the I.L.P. because they allowed him to do as his conscience dictated. Cllr Rhodes: It is very kind of you. (laughter) The application was refused.