Maoriland Worker, Volume 9, Issue 857, 13 March 1918, Page 4
The following coxwrientioip objector, have been sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labor for tetvm ing to be soldier*. __. A. J. PALMES. H, C. ASH. D. F. MURPHY. M. MOODY. F. HODGINS. J. W. POTTINGIR. R. J. IVIN. C. GUNTEtt. W, J. YOUNG. In Chrirtchurch last Th-jedey, __*•* Second Division ohtm A met W_R» "courtmactialled" for failing to inbaMtfc themselves to medical exajnination. I%»f were Edward Mortimer Mmrreoa, tm**** polisher; John Roberts, pmseer; sad Andrew Kennaway Headecgon, nswtt paper artist. Being oonaolMitiou objeotora they all pleaded guilty and of' fered no evidence. Mr. Roberts, in a statement, «id that as a humanitarian he tytteved that human life was sacred, that killing vu murder, notwithstanding that it wm b? ordero of the State and the Hea* ing of the Clfuroh. He wished to pejat oat to the Government that It wag futile to keep on jailing fiiimoieittiiWH objectors, hece/aee for «w»y one ia* prisoned three more would «pHnf »»• In the case of Kennaway Hendecaeak evidence was give© that he was apt eat anti-militairist in the ordiaary aenee. His anti-militarist view* were . bated primarily on an ethical foundation. Mir. Murrane was given two yeaya, Mr. Roberts eigthteen months, and, MIS. Henderson nine months. The diffenwiw in the sentences, according to Colonial Chaffey, who confirmed them, is eaJpHainted by the fact that Mr. Murrane had for fifteen months evaded the __ilita<ry authorities, Mir. Hendjerson had not preached hip amti-militariat views although he had held them for several years, while Mr. Robert* did not refuse to come up when called on. Mr. Roberts is a Labor rtusmbeor of the Woolston Borough Council an«i $ prominent member of tbe Woolabos Branch of the Social Democratic ftprty.