W2508 — Mr Meech; Non Combatant Corps (Hats on), 1917
Image 2: W2508 Mr. Meech; Non Combatant Corps (Hats off), 1917
The Non-Combatant Corps were conscientious objectors, conscripted from 1916 to serve in the military but guaranteed non-combatant duties, such as physical labour, both at home and overseas. Townspeople were reluctant to provide accommodation for the men until threatened with penalties. There was ‘liveliness’ when men of fighting units came across non-combatants, but the reasonable attitude of the non-combatants helped ease the situation.