Letter: Those who would not fight

MARK Rowe rightly points out how many First World War "COs" were vilified ("Remembered, those who said 'No' to war", 10 May), but such attitudes were not universal. John Buchan was regarded as an Empire- loyalist high Tory, yet, in his novel Mr Standfast, Hannay's deep- rooted contempt for "conchies" changes to admiration of their great moral courage. And Wake, who refuses to bear arms but works in the frontline, dies the novel's hero.

Colin D Alderman

Basildon, Essex

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