Story: Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism

Conscripting family men, 1918

Conscripting family men, 1918

The men compulsorily registered for military service (conscripted) were balloted in two divisions. First, unmarried and recently married men and widowers with no children were called up. By 1918 married men with one child were also eligible for the ballot. This posed photo, published in the Auckland Weekly News, shows one such man receiving his call-up papers in the post.

Using this item

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 7-A14534

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Conscription', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012