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Arthur Woodburn

(1890—1978) politician


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(1890–1978), Labour politician, writer, and educationalist. He was born at Polwarth Gardens, Edinburgh, the youngest son of a brass foundry proprietor. After leaving school at 14, he went to work as a clerk for an Edinburgh foundry, completing his education at a Heriot Watt evening class. During the First World War, Woodburn joined the ILP (see Labourism) and became a conscientious objector. After speaking at No-Conscription Union meetings, he was arrested in September 1916, court-martialled for failing ‘to obey the lawful command of a superior officer’, and imprisoned under the authority of the Scottish Secretary until 1919. He spent much of the time in solitary confinement, refusing to work for the military.

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From The Oxford Companion to Scottish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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