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Voices from the Walls: WWI Conscientious Objectors at Richmond Castle

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Published on May 12, 2016

Find out more about the Richmond 16: http://bit.ly/24NOITl

In May 1916, 16 conscientious objectors to the First World War were held in the cell block at Richmond Castle for refusing to obey any order that would help the war effort. On 29 May they were taken to France, where they faced a death sentence for their resistance.

While at Richmond they and other conscientious objectors covered their cell walls with drawings and inscriptions, including portraits of loved ones, political slogans, hymns, and why they objected to the war. See some of the graffiti and listen to the voices from the walls.

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