Walter Ayles

Walter Ayles Blue PlaqueOn 17 April 1916, Walter Ayles, a city councillor was arrested for distributing a leaflet criticising conscription for the First World War. He served 61 days in prison and was then conscripted but applied for conscientious objector status. He was refused, court-martialled and served 112 days in prison with hard labour. In later life he went on to became a member of parliament.

Exactly 100 years later a blue plaque was unveiled at his home - 12 Station Road, Ashley Down - to honour his moral courage. Bristol Radical History Group organised a programme for the event with poetry readings, a singer and a choir. Around 120 people attended the event - respectful and celebratory - and all in bright sunshine.

Bristol Evening Post coverage of the event.

Location of the Plaque on Google Maps.

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