The Non-Combatant Corps

From the "Illustrated War News" of 23 August 1916. A group of men said to be of a company of the NCC working on a military road in East Anglia.

The introduction of compulsory military service in 1916 brought with it a need to consider the rights of men who had genuine objection to such service on moral, religious or political grounds. Certain parts of the army, such as the Royal Army Medical Corps, were of course non-combatant and many such men accepted service with them. A new Corps was formed in 1916 for those who had no objection to service as such but did not wish to be trained in or use arms.

A new page on the Long, Long Trail: the Non-Combatant Corps