Diane Dore, a niece of Archibald Baxter, one of the conscientious objectors subjected to Field Punishment No. 1 during the First World War, recently visited our Dissent exhibition.
Diane remembers how the values of Archie and his brothers influenced her life as a child. She toured the Great War Exhibition and visited Dissent.
She says, “The look in the eyes of the characters in this exhibition was absolutely fantastic. You felt you were there with them, reliving their harrowing times at their sides. It was heart-wrenchingly real. I also enjoyed Dissent, the exhibit on Archie Baxter, who was my Uncle, which recalled memories of objection to serve to kill.”
Archibald was one of eight children born in Saddle Hill, Otago. Archie and his six brothers became conscientious objectors. They were imprisoned for their beliefs, except Mark who, though pacifist, was exempt from conscription as a married man.