Worpole, Ken

Worpole, Ken

Ken Worpole

1 August 2021Feature

When pacifism and ‘the new life’ headed to the countryside

Following the horrors of the First World War, many people – especially those with strong religious beliefs – turned to pacifism. This included those who had fought and suffered in the trenches and resolved: ‘Never again’.

Vera Brittain’s memoir of the loss of her fiancé, her brother and her two best male friends in the carnage, first published in 1933, went on to sell 120,000 copies. Testament of Youth made her a formidable public figure.

As a leading campaigner…