Killed as a conscientious objector

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Hi

Is there are way of acknowledging conscientious objectors, especially those killed by their own countrymen for their convictions?

Thanks

Kathy
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See https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C28746

killed on active service. So according to that record he was not killed by his fellow New Zealanders.   While 5 New Zealanders were shot for desertion in ww1, I can find no evidence for any executed in WW2 

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertion \

even the USA only executed 1 soldier for desertion in WW2  

If he was executed for desertion (It would not have been for just being a  conscientious objector) he would not have been buried with any honour,  He would have been probably  been buried in an unmarked grave.

by Will Palmer G2G6 Mach 6 (66.7k points)
selected by Kathy Viney

Ok, I have re-read the comments on the Cenotaph site. Thanks, Will. He may well have been a conscientious objector, but was sent to serve anyway and was killed on active service. I have to be more careful!! frown

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