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Tribunal 1918
Most of these men are shoe manufacturers.

Rushden Echo, 18th January 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Military Tribunal
Men With Sons In The Army -
Some Hard Cases

Monday, present Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Knight, J.P., C. Bates, G. Miller, J.P., C.A., and C. Cross, C.C., with Mr. G. S. Mason (hon. clerk) and Mr. John S. Mason (military service representative).

Mr. W. W. James, Solicitor, appeared for F. A. Perkins, formerly of Rushden, now of Kempston.  Mr. Perkins, who is now in Grade 3, holds a protection certificate. – The case was referred to the Bedford Rural District Tribunal.

A personal appeal was made by T. A. Underwood, Class A, aged 41, married, a boot finisher at Higham Ferrers.  He stated that he had one son who has been a prisoner of war in Germany for two years and another son who has been serving in France for 18 months, besides which there were four other children dependent upon him. – Two months’ exemption.

Walter Merridale, 41, single, C2, who lives at Wellingborough and is foreman of the stock-room at Messrs. Eaton and Co.’s factory at Rushden, was granted six months’ exemption.  Applicant suffers from rheumatism, etc.

Arthur Coleman, 33, married, B1, a clicker, also carrying on the business of a herring curer, supplying 16 shops wholesale and having a retail shop, said that herrings were the cheapest food which could be bought. – Adjourned for a medical re-examination.

Fredk. Jones, 35, married, hand laster, made a personal appeal.  He said he had hitherto  been rejected, but was now in Grade 3 (3).  Mr. Watts, his employer, also appealed for him. – One month’s exemption, to bring the case into line with other cases of men in low medical categories.

Three months exemption was granted to G. H. Reeves, 32, Class A, on the ground of his wife’s illness.  For the last ten years, it was stated, she had been unable to get up.

F. G. Swannell, 42, married, Class A, a laster on Army work at Mr. Joseph Knight’s factory, was granted a month, and to be re-examined medically.  Had the applicant been one month older he would have been above military service age.

W. G. Dickens, 37, married, operator on a Rex pulling-over machine, said he had six children, five of them being under 13 years of age.  Being in Grade 3, he was given six months’ exemption.

Tom Ainge, 30, clicker on Army work, Grade 2, appealed on the ground of his wife’s illness.  He said he had three brothers serving with the Colours. – Adjourned.

Harry Tassell, 41, married, Class A, was given a month’s exemption, to be medically re-examined.

T. B. Dodd, B1, clicker, who had been granted three months’ exemption, final, for domestic reasons, was now refused permission to appeal again.

W. L. Bates, 40, clicker, Class A, who had been given final exemption, now asked for leave to appeal gain. – Refused.

W. Martin, 29, clicker, Class A, was given a month’s exemption, open, his wife being a chronic invalid.

W. E. Smith, 39, married, Grade 2, foreman of a lasting room, said he had five children under eleven years of age.  Three of his brothers are serving with the Colours. – One month’s exemption.

R. Mitchell, married, a laster, formerly B1, now Grade 2, was given a month’s exemption.

Messrs. H. W. Chapman appealed for W. J. Bone, 30 years of age, a departmental manager.  A protection card was now produced, and the case was adjourned.

W. Cave, 40, appealed on the ground that his was a one-man business, and said he worked 4½ hours a day in a shoe factory.  He had one son who had joined the Colours before he was 18 years of age. – Three months’ exemption.

The Rushden Echo Friday 10th May 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Rushden Military Tribunal.
Many conditional exemptions cancelled.

Fifty four cases, in which the Military Authorities asked for the review of the conditional exemptions previously granted came before the Tribunal on Monday night, when there were present Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Knight, J.P., C. Bates, and C. Cross C.C. with the clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the National Service representative (Mr. John S. Mason), and the Agricultural representative (Mr. Eady Robinson). Mr. Dulley represented Captain Cook. In each case the ground of the military appeal was that “in view of the national situation, it is important that the man should be available for recruiting at an early date.” According to the new regulations issued by the Government, all men in Grades 1 and 2 receiving exemption have to join the V.T.C. unless the Tribunals specifically decide to waive the condition.

In the case of John Eli Barker, 32, married, vanman in the employ of the Midland Railway Co., a certificate was produced from the company stating that the man is indispensable. The military appeal, therefore was dismissed.

Bernard G. Coe, 39, married of Wymington, a principal in the firm of Green and Coe Ltd., boot manufacturers, Rushden, respondent said that the practical part of the business was left entirely to him and they were engaged almost entirely on Government work. The conditional certificate was withdrawn and six months’ temporary exemption (open) allowed. With regard to the Volunteer conditions, respondent said he had a small farm at Wymington and he was also a motor cycle rider for the Bedfordshire Constabulary. The Chairman :You must join the V.T.C.

John O’Connor, boot maker and repairer, 42, married, Class A was given exemption until July 31st in line with the rest of the shoe trade cases, the conditional certificate being withdrawn.

Robert Charles Cunnington, 37, married, managing director of Messrs. Cunnington Brothers, boot manufacturers. In this case Mr. Isaac Cunnington said that respondent had for the last seven or eight years held the post of managing director and it was not easy to find managers. Conditional exemption withdrawn and temporary exemption until July 31st granted, in line with the other shoe trade cases.

William T. L. Flood, aged 43, clerk and cashier, was given six months exemption, being in Grade 3.

George Denton, junr., 41, married, Grade 2, director and secretary Messrs. B. Denton and Son Ltd., said he was responsible for the output of two boot factories and currying works, and was also a director of Messrs. Wilkins and Denton, of London – July 31st.

In the case of Frederick W. Leeson, 32, married, Grade 2, foreman in charge of the works of the Lightstrung Cycle Engineering co. a certificate was produced from the secretary of the Northants Food Production committee stating that the firm was engaged in repairing motor ploughs and other work of national importance. Exemption until July 31st. Mr. Dulley said that in this case, as there was a great deal of Sunday work to do with the tractors, he did not ask for the V.T.C. conditions, which were consequently waived.

Albert John Blackwell, 32, Grade 3, sole cutter on the Revolution press for the Coxton Shoe Co. Exemption for six months and the V.C.T. conditions excused owing to the grade. Mr. Cox said that Blackwell was in hospital as the result of an accident with the press.

Wilfred E. Capon, 33, married Class A secretary manager for Messrs. John Cave and Sons Ltd, boot manufacturers – Mr. J. C. Wilson, solicitor, appeared for the company and said there was no resident director at all, the directors being engaged in business elsewhere and Mr. Capon was solely responsible for the financial side of the business. There was no experienced office staff – July 31st, and V.T.C. conditions waived in view of the many secretarial and other offices held by Mr. Capon.

James Frederick Knight, 30 a master butcher, Grade 1 – July 31st.

Arthur Sanders, 37, married, Grade 2, carpenter and undertaker, was given six months exemption.

Frank Albert Jones, 31, married, Grade 1, foreman butcher and shopman for Mr. R. A. Wheeler, who said that without this man it would be impossible to keep on the business. – six months.

William Langley, J.P., secretary of the Rushden branch of the Boot Operatives’ union, Grade 3 – the military appeal was dismissed.

Arthur William Russell, aged 40, Grade 2, manager for Messrs. E. Parsons Ltd., Pork butchers etc. Mr. George appeared for the firm and said the respondent was engaged the whole of his time in the distribution of food. Military appeal dismissed and no V.T.C. condition imposed.

Harry Battson, 29, Grade 1, departmental manager for Messrs. H.W. Chapman Ltd., box manufacturers, engaged on Government contracts – July 31st final.

In the case of Fredk. J. Wooton, it was stated that he was already in the Army.

In the case of Arthur Essam, 25, Mr. Pack (Central Machinery Co.) produced a protection certificate. The conditional exemption certificate was therefore withdrawn, the firm to rely upon the protection certificate.

Frederick Thomas Eaton, Grade 3 – six months.

Alfred Pettit, 40 slaughterman and Arthur Ball, both working for Mr. Herbert Skinner, butcher. Cases adjourned for Mr. Skinner to appear.

John William Mitton, 42, butcher’s shop manager Grade 2 – the district manger for Messrs. Eastman’s said that there was no one else in the shop. Six months exemption, the V.T.C. condition being excused.

Wm. H. Spicer, chief clerk and accountant for the gas Company was given six months. Being a Special Constable, the V.T.C. condition was waived.

Walter Clayton, 39 Class A, married, who has sole management of the firm of Messrs. Bull & Clayton, was given until July 31st.

In the case of Jesse Cunnington, a protection card was produced. The conditional exemption certificate was withdrawn, respondent to rely upon the card.

Six employees of the Rushden Co-operative Society – Irvine D. Haigh, W. Jeacock, H. C. Baines, T. E. Wigginton, W. H. Marriott and A. J. Odell, were dealt with. In the case of Mr. Haigh, who is manager of the drapery department, in which all the other male employees have joined the Colours, six months exemption was granted, and being a Special constable, the V.T.C. condition was not enforced. Six months exemption was granted to A. J. Odell, bread baker, 34, Grade 3 and the V.T.C. conditions waived. Exemption until July 31st was given to W. H. Marriott, 37, grade 2 manager of the Wellingborough Road grocery store. Six months exemption was given in the case of T. E. Wigginton, who is a Special constable and is the secretary of the society and the Volunteer conditions excused. Herbert C. Baines, 42, slaughterman and manager of the Wellingborough Road butchery department, grade 2, was given six months exemption and being a special constable, excused for the Volunteers; and the same course was taken with William Jeacock, 42, Grade 2 manager of the Queen Street butchery department, also a Special Constable.

Walter James Turner, 42, manager of Tailby and Putnam’s grocery stores, Wellingborough Road was granted six months exemption V.T.C. conditions excused, being a Special Constable.

Arthur William Head, 31, director of the firm of Messrs. Ingle & Co., leather merchants – Military appeal dismissed, respondent being grade 3.

Herbert J. Tuffrey, 42, married, bespoke boot manufacturer was exempted until July 31st to be medically examined.

William B. Sanders, junr., 35, single, a partner in the firm Messrs. Sanders and Sanders, boot manufacturers, six months exemption.

W. Campion, Grade 2 and W. Ashford Grade 1 principals at the firm of Ashford and Campion, heel manufacturers, were given until July 31st.

In the case of William Church 42, of Wymington B2 ...ourer at the Rushden gas works, a protection certificate was produced. Conditions – exemption certificate withdrawn in view of the protection certificate. V.T.C. condition not imposed, being a Special constable.

Joseph Harry Hubbard, 42, married, Grade 2 master smith and farrier, six months exemption. Being mainly engaged on agricultural work the V.T.C. condition was excused.

William Chas Tarry, 41, married, managing director of the Tecnic Boot Co. Grade 1 was given six months exemption.

Sidney Robinson, 39, married, Grade 1, a partner in the firm of Messrs. T. Robinson & Sons, six months exemption.

In the case of Walter Lee, working for the Central Machinery Co, it was stated that he joined the Colours on Tuesday and was sent to France on Friday as a mechanic.

Alfred Packwood, 41, married, cartage contractor, six months exemption, V.T.C. condition waived.

Arthur John Shatford, 39 Grade 1 engineers’ foreman fitter for Central Machinery Co. exemption for six months and excused the V.T.C. Mr. Pack for the company said they had now only five men left out of 32.

William Edward Sargent, 39 Grade 2, boot manufacturer, was given six months exemption.

Wm. Durham, 39, married, secretary and cashier to the C.W.S. was given six months exemption. As a Special Constable the V.T.C. conditions was not imposed.

Robert Chas. Cammell, 28 Grade 1, partner in the Rushden Engineering Co. working for the Royal Army Clothing Department was given until July 31st and recommended to obtain a protection certificate.

Charles Clarke, 32, married, foreman in the boot finishing department for Mr. F. Knight, was given until July 31st, final.

James Hy. Odell, married, Grade 1, stockman to Mr. J. Hornsby, dairyman, was given three months and to be medically examined.

William Samuel Sanders, Category A, 41, currier, six months exemption, V.T.C. condition not enforced.

Thomas Denton, 31, single, manager of the Lightstrung Engineering Co. was given six months, a letter from the secretary of the Northants Food Production Committee being produced, showing that the firm are keeping Government tractors in repair.

Wm. Frank Sargent, 37, married, boot manufacturer, lieutenant in the Volunteer Battalion, was granted six months.

John White, married, formerly Category A, a boot manufacturer, produced a paper showing he was totally and permanently rejected from the Army.

Rushden Echo, 20th September 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Conscientious Objector, Wilfred F. Watts, aged 28, single, a school teacher at Rushden, appealed to the County Tribunal last Friday for a renewal of his exemption. On the occasion of his former application the appellant, who was teaching in Ireland, was allowed to continue in the Irish school until the end of the term, and then to join the Friends’ Ambulance Unit.—Appellant now said that the term was over in July last, and he was training in the ambulance camp.—Six months’ exemption was granted conditional on joining the Friends’ Ambulance Unit.

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