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Conscription Exemption Appeals Finding Aid Launched

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The FFHS is delighted to announce that, thanks to a joint project with The National Archives, a new finding aid is available for family historians.

The WW1 Conscription Appeals Project has developed a resource to help locate applications made by people seeking an exemption from conscription into the Army during WW1.

Conscription became compulsory in the Britain in 1916 for the first time ever, in response to the catastrophic casualty rate. Known as Military Service, initially only single men between 18 and 40 years old could be called up unless they were widowed with children or ministers of a religion. Military Service Tribunals were set up to consider claims for exemption, the majority of which were filed by conscripted men's employers.

The WW1 Conscription Appeals Project started when the FFHS, in partnership with the Friends of The National Archives, funded the digitisation of records of over 8000 individuals in Middlesex who sought an exemption. The FFHS also surveyed repositories across England and Wales to find out if they had similar records. The results of the survey are now available on The National Archive's Discovery site as a finding aid, to commemorate the centenary of conscription in January 2016.

The finding aid is available as a pdf download so that it can be updated as other records come to light.

To search and browse the digitised Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal 1916-1918 records, see the MH47 Middlesex Tribunal Collection page on The National Archive's site.


Emma Waltham
FFHS Marketing Manager

16 March 2016

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