• Title
    John Brocklesby papers
  • Reference
    TEMP MSS 412
  • Date
  • Scope and Content
    Folders: (1) typescript of 'Escape from Paganism' by John Brocklesby; (2) correspondence regarding possible publication and donation of the manuscript (1963-1978) (Closed); (3) press cuttings relating to John Brocklesby and conscientious objectors; (4) ms and typescript copy of 'Candles That Shall Not Be Put Out' by Joseph G. H. Jackson (1976).
  • Extent
    4 folders
  • Level of description
  • Condition governing access
    Please note folder 412/2 is closed. Unpublished archives and manuscripts in the Library are normally closed for research for 50 years. Some collections may have longer or shorter closed periods, dependent on conditions of gift or deposit, data protection legislation, and on Library policy. For more information, please look at the ‘Access to Archives and Records’ page on our website here: or contact the Library.
  • Creator
    • Brocklesby, John Hubert, 1889-1962
      John Hubert “Bert” Brocklesby was born in 1889, and grew up in Conisborough, near Doncaster in Yorkshire. He belonged to the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He studied at the Methodist Training College in Westminster. Bert later became a Quaker and was a member of Scunthorpe meeting. He was married to Olive. Bert was 27 when World War I broke out. He held strongly pacifist views and preached against the war in Church. He refused conscription and was imprisoned as a conscientious objector, first being sent to Richmond Prison. He was then transported by train to Boulogne in France. In Boulogne he and several other COs were court-martialled and sentenced to death, but under pressure from various groups, the Prime Minister at the time, Asquith, himself saw these sentences commuted to 10 years penal servitude. Bert was returned to Britain, sent to Dyce Camp in Aberdeen, and eventually released in 1919. Bert trained as a teacher and followed this career path for 45 years, teaching in East Africa, before returning to Scunthorpe, where he taught music and art in four different schools in that time. He retired in 1954, and returned to Africa to teach, in Zanzibar. He would remain committed to the pacifist cause until his death, in 1962, taking part in demonstrations and vigils.
  • Archival history
    The collection was a gift to the library from Olive Brocklesby in 1978.
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