Matt94, on 23 June 2011 - 08:55 PM, said:
Thanks for the replies. As he worked for the Wilts County Lunatic Asylum in Devizes (as found out through talking to my aunts and uncles, to whom he told stories about what he saw when working there) the records will be at Chippenham, I think, if they still exist. I have seen a tribunal before from 1916 from a Farmer stating that if his son went to war, the farm would collapse and go bust. The boy was sent to war anyway.
Harry was born illegitimately in London in 1887, and was sent to Aldbourne, Wilts, as a baby. Long story short he apparently ended up at Devizes. I am going to Chippenham to the Record Office there to see the Staff Engagement Books at the Devizes Asylum in a couple of weeks time so whilst I am there I can ask the question about whether they have the records of Tribunals held at Hungerford Rural District (he was living in Lambourne Berks - I am off to Berks RO tomorrow, so it might be there. I will check) and go from there. If I find him, I can then check newspaper articles at Chippenham when I go.
Thanks for all the help
The farmer's son tribunal from before 1916 would have been held under the Derby Scheme in the second half of 1915. The farmer's son must necessarily have volunteered, as that was the sole basis of the Scheme, so he had no real grounds for complaint if his original volunteering was implemented. It is possible that it was his father who made the application, not wishing to lose a good and useful worker.
With regard to the Hungerford RDC local tribunal records, these came under the purview of the Local Government Board (the ministry responsible for local government), which was subsumed into the new Ministry of Health in 1920. In 1921 the MoH, evidently deeming that the masses of paperwork accumulated by local tribunals served no further useful purpose, conscription having been abolished, ordered that all records be destroyed, saving only the Middesex and Lothian & Peebles records, to be placed in the respective national archives as samples of the way the system worked. No thought was given to genealogical research, not then very common. Despite the order, some records did survive at the county level. There would be no harm in asking about the Hungerford records, but the chances of survival are slim. The case might have been reported in the local press, but some local papers adopted a policy of not mentioning applicants' names in their press reports. Other papers regularly published names. There was no general pattern, and the reasons not publishing names can only be guessed at.
I am saddened to see Michael Bully repeating the exp
ression "Military Tribunal", despite my earlier posting on this thread. I repeat, the tribunals were not run by the army, but by local authorities, and the statutory name was Military Service Tribunals.