He was charged with the offence of not carrying his identity card and contested the case through ascending judicial levels until the Lord Chief Justice of the day ruled in his favour. Formal abolition thereafter was simply sweeping up after Mr Willcock's victory.
Mr Willcock's particular objection to the state imposing official identity cards in peacetime was that it created the wholly artificial and objectional offence of failing to carry such a card. The details of this triumph for an ordinary citizen's determination are recorded on a memorial on the wall of the members' room at the National Liberal Club.
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