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 Post subject: a few questions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 20:49 pm 
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hi folks,

after thinking for a few years about getting together a Royal Artillery setup and RAF Aircrew without much success, i`ve made a start on getting some stuff together for a civilian impression, based on my great Uncle`s experiences. My cousin has sent me a lot of info on him, and it turns out he was a conscientious objector - i recall when i was younger (8 or 9) that my dad said he used to escort Italian POW`s out to do work on farms.

What i`m wondering is this - would he have had something on his person to say he was a C.O, like an official document or amendment to his ID card? Was there anything he would have worn (like a badge of patch or something) to do the same? Also, does anyone have any recommended reading about 2nd WW conscientious objectors, so I can read up a bit while offline and then when i'm at events I can pass on useful information?

Another thing i`m wondering is - i`ve got a nice vintage kilt (in Gordon Highlanders colours) and i`m thinking of putting together something to go with this in the persona department. I`ve recently came across something SOE organised called the Shetland bus, which used to go between Norway and.... er...... Shetland(!), so maybe I could put something around that, or perhaps a kilt-wearing civilian who was recruited for 'secret work' at Bletchley?

Any thoughts/suggestions/recommendations would be gratefully appreciated :D

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 Post subject: Re: a few questions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 22:19 pm 
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1) Conscientious Objectors often worked in bomb disposal; see two books both called "Danger UXB". They could also join the Non Combatant Corps. They could also train as medical orderlies - my friend's father jumped into Normandy on D-Day as a C.O. medical orderly, having spent 2 years in bomb disposal.

2) Yes, SOE ran the Shetland bus to & from Norway. I doubt whether they would have worn kilts. See this post of mine: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=80042


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 Post subject: Re: a few questions
PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:32 am 
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If you find the kilt to be surplus to your requirements I might be interested ;) - My late-great uncle served in the Gordons. Would be nice to have it for walking out dress.


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I can recommend the Quaker library and archives who have a wealth of info on the subject. Also their blog 'Quaker strongrooms'

https://quakerstrongrooms.org/

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 18:33 pm 
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@obt48, thats certainly an interesting read your post :-) Leif Larson, also known as Shetlands Larson, seems a bit of a legend.
I also know there was a Scotsman at Bletchley. Sadly his name evades me at this precise second, but he was a genius chess player and was recruited.

@Ox_Bcks_44 if you can fit into a 36 waist kilt, your welcome to :-)

@Miss Spitfire. Thanks for the info. I`ve taken a quick browse and they have LOTS of stuff to keep me going for a while!

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@michaelw - send my some photos chap! - I'm 6'ft but that will fit my waist perfectly!


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