On 26 February 1916, Herbert Cecil Gordon Brown applied for total exemption, stating: “I apply for absolute exemption on both religious and moral grounds. I believe that human life is absolutely sacred under all circumstances. I also believe in the Brotherhood .. common unity between the peoples of all nations. I cannot inflict death on my fellow men because I hold that the war is not consistent with the teachings of Christ and because I believe in the fatherhood of God over all men. Holding these convictions it will be clear that I cannot become a party to any military machine.”
On 28 March, he was granted exemption to combatant service only. He appealed but the appeal was dismissed.