Haston, Henry (1892-1918)
CO who died at Princetown Work Centre
Henry Haston was a coal miner and Primitive Methodist. He was born in 1892, and lived at Stonebroom, near Alfreton, Derbyshire, in a two up and two down miner’s cottage. Henry was the youngest of nine children, and both his parents worked in the coal mine, his father George as a coal hewer, and his mother Sarah as a coal putter, working underground to push the tubs of coal along the tunnels.
On 26 May 1917 he married Lilian Elsie Caldwell at Stonebroom Primitive Methodist Chapel, and on 21 September 1918 their daughter Annie was born.
Sadly, Harry may never have seen his baby daughter, as he was arrested on 12 July 1918 for disobeying military orders. As a Conscientious Objector, he was sent to Princetown Work Centre, Dartmoor, where he died of pneumonia, on 25 October 1918, at the age of 26.
His name is recorded on a wooden plaque made in 1923 giving the names of 70 British WW1 COs known to have died as a result of their treatment. The Plaque is now held in the Peace Pledge Union office.