Story: Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism

Punishing conscientious objectors: Mark Briggs (1st of 3)

Punishing conscientious objectors: Mark Briggs

Mark Briggs, a Palmerston North unionist and auctioneer, was one of 14 conscientious objectors forcibly transported to the Western Front during the First World War. There he was dragged for a mile along duckboards (wooden battens covered with wire netting) and dumped into a shell hole full of water. He maintained his refusal to fight, and was later invalided back to New Zealand. In 1936 he was appointed to the Legislative Council, which was New Zealand's upper house. This 2005 painting, 'The Duckwalk', is by Wellington artist Bob Kerr.

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Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Conscientious objection', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/35691/punishing-conscientious-objectors-mark-briggs (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012