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British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18A Very Much Abused Body of Men$
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James McDermott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084775

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084775.001.0001

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Directing heads, sole traders and the professions

Directing heads, sole traders and the professions

(p.131) 6 Directing heads, sole traders and the professions
British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

James McDermott

Manchester University Press

Northamptonshire's Tribunals were much occupied with applications from important food-distribution or retail sectors. Urban Tribunals attempted to ensure that proprietors who remained out of uniform helped to support the businesses of their less fortunate peers. With the failures of Cecil Henry Rathbone, Arthur Percy Price, and other ‘indispensable’ businessmen, many applicants continued to regard their centrality within a concern as being in itself sufficient reason for their cases to be considered favourably. It is noted that the local sentiment regarding sole proprietors and heads of businesses exercised a powerful influence upon the Tribunals, even during periods in which recruitment pressures were mounting. Cases that show the continuing extemporary nature of the Tribunals' approach to one-man businesses are provided. In judging the Tribunals' motivation and actions regarding the businessman/sole proprietor, the potential return upon effort must be considered.

Keywords:   Northamptonshire, Tribunals, proprietors, Cecil Henry Rathbone, Arthur Percy Price, sole proprietors, heads of businesses, businessman

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