George Ferguson MacKenzie

On 28 February 1916, George Ferguson MacKenzie applied for absolute exemption, stating: “As one who believes in the International unity of peoples, I am Conscientiously opposed to war. For this reason, I cannot take any part in organised slaughter, nor allow the Government to change my occupation under the Military Service Act”. On March 20th the appeal was dismissed. Four days later he appealed, writing: “I believe in the unity of all Nations and have always been opposed to war and militarism, the local tribunal dismissed my claim for absolute and complete exemption to reasons given were that I had not sufficient grounds to satisfy them, I do not consider the Local Tribunal made any effort to find out if my conscientious objections were sincere.”The appeal was dismissed.