Interesting post. I always thought that the Society of Friends' view was that it was up to the individual conscience -though the Society did have quite a support network going for Conscientious Objectors.
There was a thread going about religious objectors to the Great War
EDIT- Oops, wrong link, now corrected.
Ghosts of 1914, on 17 July 2012 - 08:58 PM, said:
What an interesting collection! I am a graduate student who has done some archival work myself and once worked on a large family archive that belonged to a Quaker family from Northern England. The items went right up to the First World War and it was fascinating to see how the war produced a crisis/conflict of faith for the family. One member enlisted to serve in combat, following the lead of many of his (non-Quaker) friends. He was disowned by the Society, causing his father to resign in protest. I don't know how common this kind of enlistment was among younger Quakers during the war--it might be an interesting question to pursue, as it produced such a break with the Society in this family's case.