The ‘Absolutist’ conscientious objector: Charles John Cobb

Charles John Cobb. Pic: Canning and Clyde Road Residents’ Association

Charles John Cobb was perhaps one of the most famous conscientious objectors of the First World War. Resolute in his belief against harming other men, he was imprisoned on multiple occasions. He had famously quoted, “I fear God, not man” when interrogated by officers. Although his staunch attitude was a serious cause of worry for the military, it moved the public and drew widespread admiration.

The timeline is a snippet into the life of  the man and his unswerving perseverance in the face of what some saw as appalling treatment at the prison:

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