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Punishing conscientious objectors: We will not cease, 1968 (2nd of 3)

Punishing conscientious objectors: We will not cease, 1968

Otago farm labourer Archibald Baxter was one of 14 conscientious objectors forcibly transported to the Western Front in 1918. He described the brutal treatment he received there in a memoir, We will not cease, first published in the UK in 1939. The first New Zealand edition, shown here, was published in 1968. One of Archibald Baxter's sons, Terrence Baxter, was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the Second World War. His other son, James K. Baxter, became a famous poet.

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Caxton Press
Reference: Archibald Baxter, We will not cease. Christchurch: Caxton, 1968

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Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Conscientious objection', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 November 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012