One hundred years ago 14 New Zealanders who refused to fight WW1 on religious grounds found themselves shipped to Europe.
A stubborn few were strapped to poles and left out in the freezing cold of the Western Front – in the hope they would perish or cop a stray German bullet.
Publicly derided as ‘conchies’ those conscientious objectors were derided by much of society – jailed – in essence tortured – with their families left as public pariahs robbed of their main breadwinner and so without income.
The family name was sullied – over generations.
A century later we can look back and admire them for making a stand against a bloody and ultimately pointless war.
With the perspective of time it can be argued they were horribly bullied and mistreated for holding views history has now proved to be right.