Dr Salter: Christian, Pacifist, Socialist

Dr. Alfred Salter and his wife Ada lived on this street, at No. 5. They were very well loved and respected in this largely working class community: Salter was a local Independent Labour Party supporter and doctor who worked tirelessly to help members of the community, whatever their means. However, his views on war were not necessarily treated sympathetically by all Bermondsey residents. Salter rejected war on all grounds, both as a Christian and a socialist. In the opening months of war, even this popular man because the focus for attack. One day, an angry crowd gathered in front of his home and began to throw bricks. "Salter flung open the door and faced the mob from his steps. He silenced them by the audacity of his action and his righteous anger "I've looked after you when you were sick," he cried, "I've served you night and day. Is this the way you reward me? Go home, you sinners!" The crowd, apparently, left quietly. Salter continued to follow his conscience for the rest of the war. He became chairman of the No Conscription Fellowship after the imprisonment of Bertrand Russell.

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