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Arthur Turtle, C.O.

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While looking for something online today I came across Wigan Archives & Local Studies' Facebook page where a post from last Friday, 15th May, caught my eye.

"Today is International Conscientious Objector Day and it seemed fitting to remember a man from Leigh, Arthur Turtle, who refused to fight during the First World War. We hold Arthur's personal papers at the Archives, which contain many fascinating documents about his life, his decision to become a conscientious objector and his subsequent imprisonment. Pictured is a sketch is his diary of another CO and prisoner in Strangeways.
You can find out more at: http://www.wlct.org/wigan/_assets/museums-archives/D.DZA.147.pdf "

The above link takes you to a long list of items relating to Arthur Turtle that Wigan Archives holds and the sketch referred to above is described by Archives as "Hand-drawn, ink picture of the interior of a prison cell, looking

through the doorway, and showing a man in prison uniform,

seated. The image is initialled and a caption reads, "Slops Out 6

A.M.". Reverse shows board outside cell with details of diet,

work done and conviction details, captioned "A Dirty Trick".


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