Letter to Right Hon. H. H. Asquith from Guy Hayler,
31st December 1915

Guy Hayler
South Norwood Park, S. E.

31st December 1915

Dear Sir,

If it is true that the Government has decided in favour of Conscription, the unity of the nation is gone, and evil times are in store for thousands in this land.

For one, and I know there are many more, I shall fight this evil thing for all I am worth. It may mean withdrawing from all the work in which we have been engaged in since this deplorable war began, but in fighting militarism in Germany we never looked for it being planted in our own country.

From those I have already seen, who are opposed to conscription, there must be thousands who will not willingly allow it to become law. If you force it through Parliament you will want an army to enforce it.

As an old radical I emplore you not to permit this wrong being done.

Yours very truly,
Guy Hayler

Right Hon H. H. Asquith.
Downing Street. S. W.

link to the Hayler's at Bulmer

link to Guy Hayler's introduction to Lady Carlisle

link to Guy Hayler's letter to Right Hon. H. H. Asquith, 1915

link to Guy Hayler's publications

link to Glen Hayler's Court martial


Dr Jonathan Hare, The University of Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex

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