Category: Conscientious Objector
Rank: Private 831
Regiment or Ship: 3rd Eastern Company Non Combatant Corps
Service Number(s): 831
Occupation: Estate Agent's Clerk
Date of Birth: 22.10.1889
Place of Birth: Lewes, East Sussex
Date of Death: 28.09.1972
Place of Death: Hastings, East Sussex Place of Burial / Memorials:

C0006 (1) BRISTOW William (Private) HeadstoneBexhill Cemetery (Plot reference CD18)

Address: 63 Springfield Road, Bexhill

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Family Information


William Bristow, b.1864, in Portslade, Sussex

Phyllis Bristow (née Webb), b.1862, in Lewisham, Kent

William and Phyllis were married in 1887, in the district of Godstone.

William Bristow b.1889, in Lewes, Sussex married Sarah Elizabeth Woodhams, in Bexhill, Sussex, in 1919. No records of children have been found.William’s wife, Sarah (nee Woodham’s) died in 1963, aged 74.


Phyllis Catherine Bristow, b.1892, in Lewes, Sussex. (No record of a marriage)

Grace Frances Bristow, b.1895, in Lewes, Sussex. (No record of a marriage)

Reginald Bristow, b.1897, in Lewes, Sussex. (Possible marriage in 1945 but not confirmed)

First World War Experience

C0006 (3) BRISTOW, William (Private) Army Service Records

William Bristow was a Conscientious Objector. He attended two Tribunal Hearings.

He was called up for service on 28.04.1916 joined the 3rd Eastern Non-Combatant Corps and was posted to France with the Expeditionary Force on 30.05.1916.

Only 3 pages of his service records have survived but there is very little information on them.

Additional Information

Both the Bexhill Observer and the Bexhill Chronicle, on 25.08.1916 reported that William Bristow was heard at an “Appeal Tribunal”, so there must have been a “Local Tribunal” held previously, but a search of the earlier newspaper editions produced no sign of such an original hearing.

Other Addresses:

“Court House”, Cantelupe Road, Bexhill (1911 census)


Tribunal Reports

C0006 (2) BRISTOW, William (private) Tribunal Reports

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