Around this time 100 years ago, Military Service Tribunals across the country were beginning to hear applications and appeals from those seeking exemption from compulsory military service in the army.
At The National Archives, we are fortunate to hold the papers of the Middlesex County Appeal Tribunal, one of the two tribunal record sets officially retained by the Government after the end of hostilities.
Having worked on our project to make our collection of case papers available online for free, I am intrigued by how the Tribunals worked, and the very difficult, sensitive cases brought before them. One question that stands out is, how fair were the Tribunals?
Using the Registers of Appeals (MH 47/7 and MH 47/71) you can quickly obtain an overview of how many cases were heard each day and whether there are any patterns. Appeal cases were those men (and the Military Representative) appealing against the decision of Local Tribunals, the first level of tribunal within the exemption system set up by the Local Government Board. Continue reading »