David Blelloch papers

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Letter from Sidney Ball, Senior Tutor at St John's College, Oxford, testifying to sincerity of Blelloch's conscientious objection (3 Mar. 1916); Letter from Maurice B. Redcott, St John's College, Oxford, testifying to sincerity of Blelloch's conscientious objection (n.d.); British Red Cross travel permit (10 Feb. 1919); Solicitor's letter informing Blelloch of refusal of his application to the Central Tribunal (4 Apr. 1916); Certificate of exemption (6 Mar. 1916); Classification certificate (2 May 1916); 2 notices of decision (1 May 1916, 23 May 1916); Notice of hearing (11 May 1916); Friends' Ambulance Unit memorandum (8 Jan. 1917); Letter from J. Bolton regarding his son's arrest and impending court-martial (5 Aug. 1916); Manuscript note from colleague at Magdalen College, Oxford, regarding police enquiries (30 Apr. 1916); Letter from Douglas Cole (8 May 1916); Letter to Victor Murray (3 May 1916); Letter from the Recruiting Staff Officer, Cowley Barracks, to Sir George Newman, Chairman, Friends' Ambulance Unit (11 May 1916); Note from the President, St John's College, Oxford, consenting to Blelloch's absence for the duration of the war (16 May 1916); Letter regarding Mr Caudwell's transfer of membership of No-Conscription Fellowship (2 June 1916); Letter to Blelloch (6 June 1916); Letter from British Red Cross Society regarding the British War and Victory medals (10 Aug. 1921); Letter from Friends' Ambulance Unit (9 Mar. 1917); Memorandum expressing appreciation of authorities with regard to work by the Friends' Ambulance Unit on the SS Glenart Castle (n.d.); Friends' Ambulance Unit certificate (16 June 1916); Notice of conscription (22 Mar. 1916); Friends' Ambulance Unit declaration form (n.d.); Friends' Ambulance Unit statement (Mar. 1916); 2 manuscript letters from Herbert Runacres to D. H. H. Blelloch (n.d.); Manuscript letter from Herbert Runacres to Miss Sturge (n.d.); Photographic negative, with accompanying note (n.d., 16 Dec. 1917); Typescript recollections "What Did I Do In The Great War?" (June 1978); Typed transcript of an interview recorded with Peter Liddle (Dec. 1978).

Administrative / Biographical History

David Habershon Hamilton Blelloch (b. 1896 at New Southgate, Middlesex) was educated at Exeter School and St John's College, Oxford. A conscientious objector, despite being willing but unfit to join up in 1914, he refused conscription in 1916 and served instead with the Friends' Ambulance Unit until 1919. Later he worked for the International Labour Office and the United Nations.

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Tape 581: interview recorded with Peter Liddle in Dec. 1978.