Robert Brown

On 28 February 1917 Robert Brown appeared for the Edinburgh local tribunal to ask for absolute exemption, stating: “I am against all war and militarism having been a convinced internationalist for a number of years I could not in view of my faith take part or do military duties of any description.” On 16 March 1916, the tribunal refused to grant exemption. Three days later he appealed writing: “I appeal against the decision of the Local Tribunal dismissing my claim for absolute exemption as a conscientious objector for which they gave no reasons. My views which I have held for 13 or 14 years are opposed to all war and military service of any description believing in the brotherhood of man irrespective of race, creed or colour.”The appeal was dismissed.