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War Diary: May 10 1918; Stories from the ECHO during the war years.

"IF THEY bring fixed bayonets I won't go back!" Such was the declaration of a member of the WAAC, charged at the Liverpool City Police Court today with being an absentee from the Morfa Camp, Deganwy, one of two members of the same corps charged with the same offence.

"Why did you not return to the camp?" queried the stipendiary magistrate.

"I won't go back," exclaimed defendant No 1, with emphasis.

"But you are bound to go back," said his worship.

"But I won't go back," ejaculated the defendant, with more emphasis.

GREAT WAR "But I shall send you back," remarked the magistrate, with some vehemence. "Why don't you want to go back?" At this point the defendant burst into tears and sobbed: "I was not treated properly. We were put to work amongst the men, and someone told us we had a bad reputation. We got half a crown fine for speaking up for ourselves."

Defendant No 2 endorsed this statement, and added: "You get 'C.B.' if you only smile."

Defendant No 1 amplified this by saying: "Yes, and if you are looking happy you get 'C.B.' too."

The Stipendiary Magistrate: - You have got to submit to discipline.

Defendant No 1: "Yes, but we are not going to put up with insults. We know we are decent, and we are not going to be told we are not decent."

Defendant No 2: "You can put me in prison, but I'm not going back."

An assistant administrator of the WAAC said every kindness had been shown to the defendants, but they had been continually troublesome.

Defendant No 1: "We were not treated fairly. We've had cause to give trouble. If we speak up for ourselves, we are told to 'shut up'."

The Stipendiary Magistrate: "You will each pay a fine of 20s, and you are committed to the escort."

"I won't go back!" repeated defendant No 1. "And neither will I!" echoed defendant No 2. Chief Det Insp Holbrook: "They may change their minds when they get downstairs to the bridewell.

The Stipendiary Magistrate: "Oh no; surely a woman never changes her mind?" (laughter)
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 10, 2014
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