Mennonites and conscription

Under Canadian law, exemption from conscription during the First World War depended on membership in a faith group that had been recognized as pacifist. These cards verified that Jacob and Johann Wiebe were baptized members of the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in Manitoba and were therefore not subject to conscription.

Certificates, Jacob and Johann Wiebe, Plum Coulee, Manitoba, issued by Abraham Doerksen, Bishop of the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, May 1918

cards, 8.7cm x 15.2cm
War, Memory and Popular Culture Archives - The University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario
First World War