Joseph Garstang, a conscientious objector, whose story will be told in the tours

Volunteer Tour Guides Needed!

We are looking for new volunteers to join us on the Preston Remembers team to be tour guides, telling three fascinating stories of life in Preston during the First World War.

If you have an understanding and enthusiasm for local and First World War history, excellent communication skills and a good memory for facts, figures and events, we would love to hear from you.

Full training will be provided in how to lead a guided tour.

Please contact Claire Selby, Volunteer Coordinator, on or 01772 906880 for more information and to apply.

Volunteer Role Description – Tour Guides


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Preston’s Conscientious Objector

Preston man Joe Garstang was a committed socialist and member of the No Conscription Fellowship, Joe took an absolutist stance and refused to have anything to do with the conflict. As a result, he spent several years in prison, during which time he went on hunger strike and was force-fed. His family believe that this experience broke Joe’s health. A market gardener and fitness instructor before the war, he was unable to return to his former working life when he was released from prison for the last time in 1919 and he died less than 10 years later, aged only 38.

Joe’s life has recently been researched by his great niece Ann Berry as part of the Documenting Dissent project looking at conscientious objectors in the North West. You can read his whole fascinating story here.

Friday, June 12, 2015