Bringing it up to date
Throughout the war, Laurence poked fun at the censorship regulations that meant parts of his letters were deleted. In World War I, censorship went very far. Back in Britain, the Defence of the Realm Act imposed tight restrictions on publications critical of the war. Several Quakers and other peace activists were imprisoned for their writings. Today, the organisation Index on Censorship promotes free expression around the world. You can find out more about their views at www.indexoncensorship.org.
Shortly after the war started, several young Quaker men formed the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU), dedicated to providing relief from suffering at the front.
Laurence was one of the first people to join the Friends' Ambulance Unit (FAU) The unit's work caused disagreement amongst Quakers and other pacifists.