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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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Rank, deference and empathy

Rank, deference and empathy

(p.156) 7 Rank, deference and empathy
British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

James McDermott

Manchester University Press

Tribunalists came from widely different backgrounds and enjoyed markedly dissimilar expectations of themselves and their immediate society. In the early months of the Tribunal system, many single young men claimed to be the only, or sole remaining, support of a widowed mother or of incapacitated parents. The Tribunals were not part of that inadvertent social experiment. The cases presented offer evidence of the self-serving idiosyncrasies reported of tribunalists elsewhere. If Northampton Borough's treatment of W.P. Townley and Leslie Wiggins suggests a certain direction to their partialities, their quixotic behaviour upon other occasions makes simplistic conclusions problematic. The Appeals Tribunal matched Northampton Borough's predilection for the sentimental, even quixotic gesture. Appeals Tribunal were grateful to the Mayor for giving them the opportunity to affirm so robustly their egalitarian pretensions in the glare of local publicity.

Keywords:   Tribunal system, tribunalists, Northampton Borough, W.P. Townley, Leslie Wiggins, Appeals Tribunal, egalitarian

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