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Robert Duncan William McCallum

Portrait of Robert Duncan William McCallum. Image kindly provided by Laurie McCallcum (Decemeber 2019). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Robert Duncan William McCallum. Image kindly provided by Laurie McCallcum (Decemeber 201 …


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    Robert Duncan William AWMM
  • Surname
    McCallum AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 May 1918 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 9 Liardet Street, Vogeltown, Wellington AWMM
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  • Conscientious Objector, from the Evening Post. 6 February 1941; "Robert Duncan William McCallum, grocer, appealing on conscientious grounds, said he had always been taught that it was wrong to kill. He had been a Christian Scientist for a number of yeards and was now more than ever convinced that it was wrong to kill. He agreed with Mr. Bell that it was quite possible for a Christian Scientist to be a combatant but said that it was against his own views."

    From Auckland Star, 20 August 1945; "Robert Duncan William McCallum, shop assistant of Wellington appealed on religious and moral grounds. He did not belong to any particular church, but based his religious beliefs on his home training and his reading of the Bible. From as long as he could remember - he was born in 1918 - he had been brought up to abhor war. His parents were imbued with the horror of it, and he had been taught to shun violence and demonstrate brotherly love and good fellowship. He was never allowed to own a gun or go shooting. He had considered that non-combatant service condoned war. After a period in detention his convictions were still unchanged."

    Robert Duncan William McCallum was sentenced to one month imprisonment, in October 1941 and on the 8th November 1941 he entered Trentham Military Camp under arrest. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 June 1995 AWMM
    KatikatiWestern Bay of Plenty AWMM
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13 December 2019LaurieNew ZealandChild

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