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The amazing story of a conscientious objector who was honored for his bravery in World War II


The pacifist Quaker was honored for his bravery in World War II: amazing story of a conscientious objector who received the French gallantry honor for rescuing injured men under heavy German fire

  • Documents of a British conscientious objector were found in the Second World War for reasons of conscience
  • William & # 39; Bill & # 39; Spray refused to fight in the war because he was a Quaker
  • Instead, he worked as a medic in the Friends Ambulance Unit in North Africa
  • The collection includes photographs, documents and a diary from the war
  • Mr. Spray received the Croix De Guerre Medal for bravery during the war

A large number of remarkable documents of a conscientious objector who was honored by the French during World War II were discovered.

The diary, documents and photos of William & # 39; Bill & # 39; Spray that refused to fight as a Quaker in World War II was brought to light after being kept by a private collector for decades.

Instead of going into battle as a soldier, Mr. Spray was stationed at the Friends Ambulance Unit in 1943 and supported troops in the French 2nd Panzer Division based in Algeria.

Documents from British controversial denier William & # 39; Bill & # 39; Spray (picture) during the Second World War was discovered in the hands of a private collector after several decades

The collection will be sold by C&T Auctions on July 8 and is expected to cost around £ 600

The collection will be sold by C&T Auctions on July 8 and is expected to cost around £ 600

He was awarded the Croix De Guerre, the highest and most prestigious French military award, for his bravery in rescuing injured soldiers under heavy German fire.

The sale of the archive arranged by C & T Auctions will take place on July 8th and the collection is expected to cost around £ 600.

Tim Harper, specialist for C&T auctions, said: “This is probably a unique collection of a conscientious objector who was the head of an ambulance group at the Friends Ambulance Unit.

Nobody could ever question his bravery as he saved wounded men from fire on numerous occasions.

"It is a remarkable story and an archive of considerable historical interest."

Mr. Spray refused to fight during the war because he was a Quaker, but was assigned to the Friends Ambulance Unit, where he acted as a medic for troops stationed in North Africa

Mr. Spray refused to fight during the war because he was a Quaker, but was assigned to the Friends Ambulance Unit, where he acted as a medic for troops stationed in North Africa

The Cambridge graduate kept a diary (pictured) of his war stories. He was awarded the Croix De Guerre, the highest French military honor for bravery in rescuing injured soldiers under heavy German fire

The Cambridge graduate kept a diary (pictured) of his war stories. He was awarded the Croix De Guerre, the highest French military honor for bravery in rescuing injured soldiers under heavy German fire

Mr. Spray was one of 60,000 men who registered as conscientious objectors during World War II. Many chose to work in bomb disposal sites, mines and farms during the British war.

Around 5,500 refusers were arrested and branded as cowards for refusing to fight.

After training as a medic and two years in a hospital, Mr. Spray was called to the Friends Ambulance Unit to support Allied soldiers during the war.

Mr. Spray kept other documents and photos, including the grave of his medic colleague David Frazer (top row, second right), who died trying to save a soldier in Strasbourg in February 1945

Mr. Spray kept other documents and photos, including the grave of his medic colleague David Frazer (top row, second right), who died trying to save a soldier in Strasbourg in February 1945

Just in time for D-Day, Mr. Spray returned to England in 1944 and worked as a school principal in Berkshire before dying in the 1980s

Just in time for D-Day, Mr. Spray returned to England in 1944 and worked as a school principal in Berkshire before dying in the 1980s

The Cambridge graduate was also present in Normandy in 1944 while also leading a team of medical professionals in Morocco and Algeria.

During the war, he kept a diary and took several photos of his front-line experiences, including a picture of the grave of his colleague Dave Frazer, who died in February 1945 while attempting to fire a victim in Strasbourg.

After returning to England before D-Day in May 1944, he became headmaster of the Quaker Leighton Park School in Berskhire before dying in the 1980s.

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