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Theosophists Against the Death Penalty



In 1927 some members of the Theosophical Society in Wales joined a campaign to secure signatures for the reprieve of Doris Williams who was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing her illegitimate child after a second trial.. the reprieve was eventually granted.


In 1928 members then participated in a further campaign obtaining 30,000 signatures for the reprieve of three Cardiff men sentenced to death for the murder of local boxer Dai Lewis in 1927. The appeal was turned down but one man was found to be mentally ill and placed in a secure hospital. The other two men were hanged at Cardiff Prison on the same morning while a massive demonstration took place outside.


Later in 1928 a Society was formed in Cardiff to work for the abolition of the Death Penalty. A number of Theosophical Society members were active participants in this new group with the Penarth Lodge affiliated to it.


The 1929 Annual Report carried this account:-




A most successful delegate conference in support of this demand was held at the Friends Meeting House, Cardiff, on November 24th 1928. Over 50 Social, Religious and Political organisations from all parts of South Wales were represented. Mr Roy Calvert, Secretary, National Council for the A.D.P. was the  chief speaker and the Rev J Penry Thomas presided. The Cardiff Society for the A.D.P. was responsible for the conference and for arranging an 8 day lecture tour in South Wales for Mr Roy Calvert at the time. Over 3000 petition forms have been circulated throughout Wales including a copy to each F.T.S.


(F.T.S denotes Fellow of the Theosophical Society. It appears that even female members were referred to as Fellows and Brothers up to 1950s)


General Secretary, Peter Freeman was a staunch opponent of the Death Penalty and later as an MP spoke out against it in Parliament.


The Death Penalty in the UK was abolished in 1965



Theosophy and Capital Punishment By William Q Judge




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