Remembering the Conscientious Objectors held in Walton Prison.
Merseyside Peace Network held an event outside of Walton Prison on March 2nd 2016 in order to mark the date conscription was first introduced in Britain during 1916, and to honour all the Conscientious Objectors which were incarcerated in the prison.
A second event was held on November 11th 2018 to mark the end of World War One, and remember them once more.
The Merseyside peace Network was planning to revisit Walton prison on September 18th, both to remember the Conscientious Objectors who were incarcerated in the prison, and all those who died in it during the Merseyside Blitz.
Now due to the need to social distance because of the corona virus, this event has been cancelled.
The prison was hit by bombs on three separate occasions
– On the night of September 18th / 19th 1940.
A bomb hit K Wing. Twenty Two of the inmates were killed.
– On the night of April 26th / 27th 1941
A bomb damaged both the Chapel and Gym.
– On the night of May7th / 8th 1941 a bomb hit E block.
Two Conscientious Objectors were killed.*
Desmond Ernest Bray, from Alvechurch, Warwickshire, a worker for Birmingham PPU.
Kenneth Coney, described as “young”, from Coulsdon, Surrey.
‘They were booth allocated noncombatant service by their respective CO Tribunals, and both accepted medical examination, inevitably leading to call-up to the Non-Combatant Corps. They were sent to Dingle Vale Barracks, a makeshift conversion of Dingle Vale Schools, on the outskirts of Liverpool. There they refused orders, leading to courts-martial and imprisonment.
– Desmond Bray was serving his second sentence, 6 months
– Kenneth Coney was serving his third sentence, not known, but would likely have been at least 6 months.
The effect of the bombing was to completely destroy their bodies, so they could not be buried. Because of that, they are formally commemorated on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission Memorial, naming hundreds of soldiers not able to be given graves, erected at Brookwood, Surrey.’
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS WHO SERVED SENTENCES IN WALTON PRISON, LIVERPOOL
World War One
Maurice H ANDREWS
Percy Reginald BAINTON Continue reading Conscientious Objectors At Walton Prison.