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British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18 – A Very Much Abused Body of Men - Manchester Scholarship Online
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British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18: A Very Much Abused Body of Men

James McDermott


Military Service Tribunals were formed following the introduction of conscription in January 1916, to consider applications for exemption from men deemed by the new legislation to have enlisted. Swiftly, they gained two opposing yet equally unflattering reputations. In the eyes of the military, they were soft, obstructionist ‘old duffers’. To most of the men who came before them, the Tribunals were the unfeeling civilian arm of a remorseless grinding machine. This book, utilizing a rare surviving set of Tribunal records, challenges both perspectives. The Tribunals were charged with balancing t ... More

Keywords: Military Service Tribunals, conscription, applications for exemption, social dynamics, legislation, army, Whitehall, sovereign body, power, contradictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084775
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James McDermott, author