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JAMES SCOTT DUCKERS 1883 -  

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James Duckers was a religious Absolutist CO and a solicitor. He spent the war in prison after an impassioned defence of his stand against war at Holborn Tribunal. He was eventually chosen to be part of the “Wakefield Experiment”, the last attempt by the government to get Absolutist COs to cooperate and take up useful work. The experiment saw the COs effectively running the prison, organised under Walter Ayles as chairman. The experiment failed as the Absolutists at Wakefield produced a manifesto explaining why they refused to cooperate with the attempt to make them carry out war-work. James Duckers helped to draft the manifesto, which was circulated in huge numbers by pro-CO organisations. 

 

 

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Born: 1883
Died:
Address: 27 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London
Tribunal: Holborn
Prison: Wandsworth, Maidstone, Wakefield, Northallerton
HO Scheme: [1]
CO Work:
Occupation: Solicitor

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