Wainwright’s War

Matt Cole

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082535
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702024 | DOI:
Wainwright’s War

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This chapter discusses Richard Wainwright's anti-war beliefs. Throughout the second half of the 1930s, the spectre of war a major concern for Wainwright and his contemporaries. In February 1937, Wainwright joined the Covenant of the Methodist Peace Fellowship as a way to renounce war solemnly and all its ways and works. When war broke out in September 1939, he refused to go to war and sought opportunities to serve the public without taking part in military activity. Wainwright spent the first half of 1940 training and working in hospitals for the Friends' Ambulance Unit (FAU). This chapter explains that Wainwright had to deal with the stigma of being a conscientious objector and he was continually challenged to justify his failure to do military service.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; anti-war beliefs; Methodist Peace Fellowship; FAU; conscientious objector; military service

Chapter.  5541 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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