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....snip ....... The Tribunals were usually formed from the usual suspects of local worthies and as ever it seems although they were generally unsympathetic if you had the right connections it was possible to gain exemption on the most tenuous of grounds..............snip............
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Following on from the post above as said there was no list of 'reserved occupations' as such Ken
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These men could still appeal to the Military Tribunals for exemption on personal or domestic grounds and the Regional Director of National Service also had discretion to suspend conscription if he considered a man was employed on urgent war business.
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Not "as such" maybe but from time to time massive lists of "Certified Occupations" were published, which listed those where exemption might be granted. I have complete copies of the lists of July 1916 and September 1918.
Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:25 PM
Here's another good one from my local paper regarding the town pharmacist and his son. Father represented his son at the Tribunal.
Hywel Roberts (18) was represented by his father TJ Roberts, Chemist. TJ Roberts stated that he was the only pharmacist in the town, and that his son assisted him in preparing all prescriptions. He dealt with 80% of all prescriptions in the town as well as all prescriptions for the Red Cross Hospital. Hywel was training to follow him in the pharmacy. TJ Roberts stated that he had not billed the hospital for any prescriptions done; and that the bill totalled £125 for last year alone; and that he would not be billing the hospital in the future neither. This was a great saving for the Ruthin war effort. TJ Roberts than stated, that if the hospital was to employ a pharmacist, open a pharmacy and equip it; salary and costs would be around £300 per year. He and his son were saving the hospital from this expenditure. A total debt to both of over £425 so far. The Tribunal exempted Hywel for the duration of the war as long as he remained in his father's employment. The Tribunal issued a vote of thanks to TJ Roberts for his selfless contribution to the war effort.
And deservedly so in my opinion!
Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:42 PM