Carling Heights

A Moment from Yesterday

May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Volume 22 Issue 11
Laureen Harder-Gissing |
Photo: Mennonite Archives of Ontario

This is the view that greeted Amish Mennonite farm boys Dan and Willie Brenneman when they were apprehended by military police and detained at the Carling Heights Military Camp in London, Ont. Despite their conscientious objector status, they were taken while working in a field in East Zorra Township in May 1918. For six weeks the boys endured verbal threats and physical coercion to “put on the uniform.” They resisted, and were eventually released with the help of Mennonite church leaders and sympathetic elected officials.

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Photo: Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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