Story: Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism

Military Service Act 1916

This government poster explains the terms of the Military Service Act 1916, which required all able-bodied Pākehā men to register for military service. This form of conscription was introduced after the number of New Zealand volunteers for service in the First World War fell below the target level. Those who registered under this act were selected for service by a ballot.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-WAR-WI-1916-01

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Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Conscription', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012