So far in our series of blog posts for the First World War Military Service Tribunals we have focussed on individual applications for exemption from our collection of case papers for the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal.
As well as these fascinating case papers the collection also contains a number of pamphlets, booklets and instructions issued to the various levels of Tribunals from Government departments, such as the Local Government Board and Home Office. 1
When analysing these administrative documents, we begin to see the complicated position that Tribunals across the country found themselves in when hearing applications or appeals for exemption. 2
- 1. The National Archives, MH 47/142, Blank forms, Circulars, Pamphlets issued by Local Government Board and other Government Departments, with printed Acts, Proclamations, Booklets, etc. ^
- 2. For a detailed assessment of Tribunal work see, James McDermott, British Military Service Tribunals: ‘A very much abused body of men’ (Manchester University Press, 2011). ^