Dates in Sam Martin's Story
December 1922 Sam Martin's
date of birth
Parliament passed the conscription law
August 1940 National
Registration for all men and women over sixteen
December 1942 Sam's first call
to report for military training
Sam appeared before the Mobilization Board in Edmonton which
then refused his application for conscientious objector status.
However, officials gave him a long postponement until 31 March 1944
Sam's father and his employer applied for an extension of the postponement.
This was refused.
Sam was called to report for military training by April 5.
Sam wrote back explaining that he would not go.
Sam's call was returned, with a warning that he would be arrested
if he refused.
Sam wrote back again, explaining that he would not go.
Sam was taken before the magistrate in Brooks , Alberta who gave
him his first sentence: thirty days in the provincial jail in Lethbridge
Sam, who refused to put on the uniform, was charged with disobeying
a lawful command and given a second sentence: twenty-eight days
in the military prison known as Currie Barracks.
Sam, who again refused to put on the uniform, was charged once more
with disobeying a lawful command and given his third sentence: another
twenty-eight days at Currie Barracks.
Sam again refused to put on the uniform. This led, on July
to court martial proceedings and to his fourth sentence: ninety
days at Currie Barracks.
Following an examination by an army doctor, Sam was transferred
back to the Lethbridge provincial jail to complete his ninety-day
Sam was taken back to Mewata Barracks, where he again refused to
put on the uniform. This led to his fifth sentence: eighteen months
at the Lethbridge provincial jail.
Canada ceased to be at war in Europe . In the Pacific region the
Canadian war effort ceased on 1 September 1945 .
The remainder of Sam's prison sentence was “remitted.” Soon thereafter
he was taken back to the army's Mewata Barracks.
Army officials gave Sam an “industrial leave.” He then went back
to work in his brother's garage in Duchess, Alberta .
Sam was formally discharged from the army.