Swythamley Historical Society
presents a talk
WW1 Military Appeals Tribunals by Rachael Cooksey
at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th November
at the Swythamley Centre
Gun End, Swythamley, Macclesfield, SK11 0SJ
After a year and a half of war and with the number of volunteers for the services declining drastically, something had to be done. So in March 1916 conscription was introduced for all men aged 19-41. There were exceptions, married men at least initially, and those in reserved occupations, i.e. jobs deemed very important for the war effort at home. Some of those who were called up applied for exemption, often on the grounds that they were needed where they were. Military Tribunals decided whether these men would be exempted from military service or not. When the decision wasn’t to their liking the men sometimes went to appeal.
Most tribunal records were destroyed after the war but a few years ago it was discovered that many Mid-Staffordshire records had survived. Since 2014, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, have opened access to these Appeal Tribunal records between 1916 and 1918. And although the tribunals are from Mid-Staffs, the appeal cases of a number of men from Heaton and Rushton are to be found amongst them.
Rachael Cooksey heads up this project and will be talking to us about these tribunals and their findings at the Swythamley Centre on Thursday 10 November at 7.30pm.
For more information, contact us via Facebook or ring Swythamley Historical Society on 01260 227683; or just turn up on the night.