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Different Drums: One Family, Two Wars

Different Drums: One Family, Two Wars

Different Drums delves into the Manthorpe family's pacifist journey from religious non-conformity to humanitarianism. Set in Norwich, the story begins in February 1917 when Walter Manthorpe, a staunch Quaker, sought exemption from military service as a conscientious objector. His steadfast beliefs landed him in the military barracks at Mousehold, followed by a harrowing period of solitary confinement in Wormwood Scrubs while London was being bombed. Sentenced to five years in prison, Walter took the option of Alternativist service. This was supposedly an opportunity to contribute to society while withholding support for the war but turned out to be gruelling and pointless hard labour in penal work camps.

When he returned to Norwich, he ran one of the first health food stores in England. By 1923 he had been received back into civic life and elected chairman of the Norwich District Grocers' Association. Walter had two sons, Walter Jr and Jack, and as fate would have it, they both came of age as the second World War gained pace. The bonds of blood and ideology were tested as the two brothers faced choices that would define their futures.

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