My father, a pacifist who wanted Britain to lose the war

Nicholas Tucker recalls the tolerance afforded his family in wartime, even though his father claimed he would offer the Germans tea rather than resistance if they invaded

‘I renounce war.” So read the slogan on our garage door in Petts Wood, south-east London. It was put there in 1939 by my father, an ardent pacifist, who proudly sported his PPU (Peace Pledge Union) badge after signing up in 1934. Excused from military service because he was in a reserved occupation, he volunteered for fire-watching on the roof of an inner-London hospital. For this, he wore an old black tin hat on which he had painted the letters PSU. This stood for Pacifist Service Unit.My br...