Conscription: Pro or Con?

By spring of 1918, the Newfoundland Government was considering the possibility of introducing conscription as a way to ensure the Royal Newfoundland Regiment received enough reinforcements to continue as a Battalion. This gave rise to much public debate on the pros and cons of conscription. Here are some examples of the different viewpoints:

Against Conscription


Telegraph
Patriotic Association of Newfoundland: Prime Minister's Correspondence, 1918.
The Rooms Provincial Archives MG 632 Box 5 File 21


For Conscription
(Transcript below Letter)



Letter
Patriotic Association of Newfoundland: Prime Minister's Correspondence, 1918.
The Rooms Provincial Archives MG 632 Box 5 File 21

Transcript

Harbour Grace, April 9, 1918
Hon. W.F. Lloyd
Premier

Sir,
After the regular meeting of Lodge Diamond Jubilee no. 236 Sons Of England Benefit Society on Monday evening past a reception followed to welcome two returned hero members of the Society, Sergt. A. Webber and Pte. Thomas Noseworthy. It was proposed and carried unanimously.

"That this body of men conveys to the Government through the Premier its belief that the time is now ripe for "Selective Conscription" to be carried into effect for the honor of the Dominion as a whole and in order that the glory of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment be not tarnished."

  A.W. Heath,
Recording Secretary