The hearing of Arthur Emmett
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Arthur Emmett, boot machine operator, employed at Windhill   Co-operative Society, objected to joining the army on conscientious grounds. The chairman: How long have you held these opinions? Arthur Emmett: For about five years. Have you made your views known to people? I have not gone about shouting to people but I have been connected with religious work for five years. What sort? The Plymouth Brethren. What action would you take supposing we had to be invaded by the Germans and they did with us what they have done with people of Belgium and France? I do not know. No man knows what he would do under such circumstances. Mr Burton: I suppose you have thought about those countries? Yes, I have.
Has it occurred to you what you would do for your breakfast tomorrow morning if everybody had taken your views? I am quite confident there would have been no war. Yes, every man, but I am asking you under present circumstances, if we had no Navy how would you get your food? I have never asked for the protection of the Navy. In early days people lived upon the land of this country. I am quite convinced that if we had no Navy we should be able to provide the food that was necessary.
My good man, we are not living in the Garden of Eden now we are in the year 1916. You have told the Tribunal that you will take no hand in assisting your country but will remain at home and profit by the labours of those who think differently, who are defending their homes and their country, and profit also by their sacrifices. Do you really tell the Tribunal that? I have not asked them to sacrifice anything for me. If they did not do so I should take the consequences. Do you think it is right to take up that attitude?  You enjoy the advantages but you will not do
anything to secure them. I have taken my stand for the early Christians. Talk about 1916, never mind the early Christians. Do you think our Lord Jesus Christ would tell you to consider yourself? I am not considering myself, I am considering humanity whom I think I am serving. I would like you to stick to England and Yorkshire and the year 1916. I was not born in 1916. The world has travelled two generations Cllr Doyle: Have you the same objection to non-combatant service?  I have, I consider the man who assists is as bad as the man who does it, and the man who helps to murder is guilty of that murder, according to our law. The chairman: It is quite evident you do not wish to help the country at all. I do wish to help my country and all humanity. Application disallowed.
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.