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Experiences of the Great War


Once in prison, conscientious objectors were subject to the same regime as those serving sentences for criminal activity.

They were imprisoned for anything from a few months to two years, and on their release would be handed back to the military authorities.

Tribunal interview

A letter dating 28 June 1917 from the Central Tribunal in London addressed to Thomas Hannan while in the prison informed him that 'members of the Central Tribunal will attend at Wormwood Scrubs Prison at an early date, when an opportunity will be given to you of being heard by them as to your conscientious objection.'

This interview would determine whether Hannan returned to military control, or could be transferred to 'civil work under civil control'.

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