HC Deb 03 April 1919 vol 114 c1355

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of E. Price, No. 1524, formerly a private in the 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, now a conscientious objector in Wormwood Scrubs Prison; whether this man has been three times wounded, and is willing to do work of national importance; and whether, in view of these facts, he can be released from gaol?


This prisoner is not a conscientious objector, i.e., a person who, in the words of the Military Service Act, has "a conscientious objection to the undertaking of combatant service." He undertook combatant service, and was twice wounded in France, but on being again included in a draft he refused to obey orders. He is a military prisoner, and I cannot interfere in any way with his sentence.