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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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The Tribunals and the Volunteer Training Corps

The Tribunals and the Volunteer Training Corps

(p.198) 9 The Tribunals and the Volunteer Training Corps
British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

James McDermott

Manchester University Press

The Volunteer Training Corps (VTC) was born to protect the homeland from a German invasion. The Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps (CAVTC) acted principally as an advisory clearing-house for the multitude of queries and suggestions that poured in from local corps, and as a lobbying body dedicated to extracting from government a commitment to define the role of the VTC. The Tribunals were advised that they could attach a ‘requirement’ that a man being offered an exemption certificate should join the VTC, though the requirement in itself should not constitute the condition of the exemption. The Appeals Tribunal were not deeply involved in the early struggle to establish a consistent VTC policy. Tribunals in Northamptonshire who imposed the VTC requirement had overwhelmingly directed fit men into Section B. The evolution of the Royal Defence Corps from 1916 had the effect of dragging up its least respected component, the VTC.

Keywords:   Volunteer Training Corps, Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps, Appeals Tribunal, Northamptonshire, Royal Defence Corps

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