The first Local Tribunal of 1918 met on Thursday, 10 January, when the following appeals
Harry A Sanders, married, 36, B3, watchmaker and jeweller,
exemption to 30th April; Charles Masters, motor and cycle agent,
married, 42, one month’s exemption to allow applicant to be graded; Horace
Lawrence, secretary and manager to Messrs R Coggins and Sons Ltd, married, 42,
was appealed for by his employers and exempted for two months; William E Eady,
farmer and baker, married, 37, exempted to 30th April.
Robert G Hasseldine, butcher and grazier, 36, married, was
exempted to 30th April; Horace Turnhill, pork butcher, married, 34,
B3, exempted to 30th April; John Horace Gaunt, cycle agent and
repairer of boot machinery etc, 40, married, produced a protection certificate
and was granted conditional exemption while holding the certificate; Ernest
Putt, hairdresser and tobacconist, C3, married, one-man business, exempted to
30th April; Fred Collier, married, B3, 30, butcher and slaughterman,
was appealed for by his employer and was granted exemption to the 30th
Fred Bass, hand laster, 38, married, has a cripple daughter,
whom he has to take to the hospital, and to carry up and down the stairs each
day when she is at home; William A Arnold, hand laster, 41, married, wife
suffers from chronic rheumatism, also a son suffering from tuberculosis, he
repairs the boots of his brother’s children who is serving with the Forces;
Thomas Clarkson, hand laster, 39, married, wife in a very delicate state of
health; each received exemption to 31st March.
Harry Webb, hand sewer, married, with six children and a
delicate wife, was exempted for two months; Thomas Coles, pressman, 41,
married, adjourned for a month; William Eaton, hand laster, previously rejected
and now in Grade 3, was appealed for by his employers and granted conditional
exemption to put him into line with other boot cases of the same category;
Walter H Millard, 18, single, Grade 3, motor mechanic, was granted conditional
exemption so long as he worked as a driver of a motor tractor under the Food
Willis Rands, 18, single, C3, employed in farm and dairy
work, was appealed for by his father, and the appeal was adjourned for a month
for the man to be graded; A blacksmith appealed for the only man he employed, married,
38, the applicant, who was under the doctor, was represented by his wife,
exemption to 30th April; A firm of boot manufacturers appealed for
an employee, 19, single, Grade 3, conditional exemption as in other boot cases
of low category.
Horace J A Rockett, railway clerk, 34, married, father and
mother living with him, the former being an invalid and helpless, case
adjourned for a month; William Lovell, 40, widower, with four little girls, and
a delicate sister as housekeeper, exempted to 30th April; A
blacksmith appealed for his son, 30, married, the only employee he had,
exempted to 30th April.
The Co-operative Society appealed for their grocery manager,
married, 40, their baker and bread deliverer, married, 42, their baker and
confectioner, 36, married, and their manager of drapery and outfitting
department, married, 37: Exemption granted in each case to 31st
A firm of grocers, provision merchants, and drapers appealed
for a grocer’s assistant, single, 18, also their horsekeeper and vanman,
married, 38, with an invalid wife: The appeal for the former was dismissed, and
the latter was exempted to the 30th April.
Two Raunds cases appeared before the County Tribunal at
Northampton on Thursday, 17 January:
Arthur Gaunt, 38, married, Grade 3, boot and shoe repairer; this was a case for
renewal on a personal appeal – a further exemption of 3 months (open) was
granted, with the imposition of a condition that he must help others if
required. Hugh Sykes, 33, married, A, glazier and hot water fitter, this was an
appeal for renewal by the employer, Mr W B Sykes – 3 months (final).
On Friday, 8 February,
two more Raunds men made the trip to Northampton
for the County Tribunal.
Walter H Millard, 18, single, B2, motor engineer was the subject of a military
appeal. Captain Cook said that the lad was delicate, but it was a question
whether he should not go into the Motor Transport. Mr J Prentice said that
Millard was graded 3 last month, if the Tribunal was agreeable he would obtain
employment in motor tractor driving. The Tribunal gave exemption for 3 months
subject to being employed by the Food Production Committee.
Walter Davies, 35, married, manager of the baking department
of the Raunds Distributive Co-operative Society, was also called on appeal by
the military. This was resisted by Mr W W James, who said that the society did
22 sacks a week. The exemption was curtailed to March 15, and the Chairman said
that the Tribunal held out no hopes of extension unless there were bona-fide
efforts to substitute the man.
At the next Local Tribunal, held on Thursday, 14 February, the Clerk reported that
the military had appealed against two decisions given at their last meeting,
but the decisions of the County Tribunal
had not yet come to hand.
Mr Batchelor reported that he had attended the conference at
Northampton. It was agreed that the
boot trade of the county had sent more than their quota of men, and recommended
that the appeals of the men over 35 years of age in the boot trade be
The following claims were then considered: Charles Masters,
married, 43, motor and cycle agent and repairer, conditional exemption; John P
Archer, organist and teacher of music etc, 42, exempted to April 30th;
George Skinner, single, Grade 3, conditional exemption as long as he was
employed in agriculture; W Rands, single, Grade 3, farm work, was appealed for
by his father, and conditional exemption granted.
H J A Rockett, clerk at the Midland Railway, 34, married,
exempted to March 31st; Alfred Burton, shoehand, married, 42, nine
children, one son serving, appealed on domestic grounds, and was exempted to
April 30th; H W J Cope, widower, three children, this was a late
appeal and the military authorities ruled it out of order. Owing to his
(applicant’s) domestic position the Tribunal asked for the man to be graded, to
see what grade he was placed in.
George Betts, shoehand, 38, married, eight children, with 30
poles of allotment, was exempted to April 30th; Thomas Smith,
married, 39, shoehand, with three acres of land, pigs and poultry, was also
exempted to April 30th; the Regulation Boot Co appealed for their
clerk, married, Grade 3, and also another employee, 19, single, Grade 3, conditional
exemption being granted in both cases; Thomas Coles, pressman, 41, married, 10
children, was exempted to April 30th.
Mr W F Corby appealed for his brother, 37, married. In
addition to his ordinary duties before the war he had now the responsible
duties of several offices arising out of it, including the honorary secretaryship
of the Local Central Committee for War Savings, executive officer to the Local
Food Control Committee, the clerkship of that Tribunal, and other duties which
practically absorbed all his time, and the ordinary work of his office had to
be left almost entirely to the person appealed for. He had also to discharge
the clerical work of the surveyor’s department since the surveyor joined up. In
addition, his brother was the assistant overseer for Tichmarsh, and registrar
of marriages for the Thrapston district – exemption granted to April 30th.
At the close of the business the Chairman (Mr A Camozzi, JP)
called the attention to the recent issue of “The Wheatsheaf” in which, under
Raunds notes, it was alleged that local Tribunals were run in the interest of private
traders and their friends. As he was the only private trader on that Tribunal
he considered it was intended as a personal reflection upon him, which he
considered to be hardly fair.
Several of the members pointed out that decisions given by
that Tribunal in the cases of Co-operative employees and which the recruiting
authorities had appealed against, proved conclusively that the Society’s
repeated applications had not been unfairly dealt with.
Although there must have been meetings held during the
interim two months, the next tribunal reported was the County meeting of
Wednesday, 10 April, when over 800
cases from the county (in addition to 400 from Northampton)
The Chairman said that in all cases of open exemptions the
men must as far as possible join the Volunteer Training Corps or engage in some
other useful work of public utility, or be employed in their spare time on the
land – allotment for instance – or in some other work of national importance.
Local cases were presented by: Adams Bros, 15; R Coggins and
Sons Ltd, 11; John Horrell and Son, 3; Walter Lawrence, 5; Neal and Gates, 2; C
E Nichols, 4; Regulation Boot Co Ltd, 7; St Crispin Productive Society, 7; Owen
Smith, 5; Tebbutt and Hall Bros Ltd, 4; Unity Co-operative Society, Ringstead,
5; John J Peck Ltd, Stanwick, 2. In all these cases, exemption was given to 31
The following day, Thursday, 11 April, Walter Davis, manager of the bakery department of the
Raunds Distributive Co-operative Society, appealed to the County
Tribunal through Mr W W James. Mr
James said that the employing society had been absolutely unable to obtain a
substitute; the society baked 25 sacks of flour weekly. Captain Cook suggested
that a woman might be found to do the work and 2 months (final) exemption was
granted, subject to substitution.
That same evening, the Local Tribunal met when there were
ten applications for exemption, which were dealt with as follows:
Strangward Woolley, farmer, 38, married, holder of a
certificate from the County Food Production Committee, conditional exemption
granted so long as holding this certificate; Jack Burton, boot operative,
single, 26, who served 6 weeks in the Army and was discharged, now classed C2,
conditional exemption; Wilfred Groom, boot operative, 20, single, B1, exemption
granted to 11 May.
The other cases were adjourned to the next meeting to allow
the Tribunal time to see what the present Bill before Parliament would require,
a member remarking that they might be appealing for themselves by then!
Interestingly, on Thursday, 25 April, it was reported that “Conscription for Women is to be
brought before Parliament almost immediately by a Bill”. Sir William Bull,
drafting the measure, said “my suggestion is that the women to be brought in by
conscription should be those between the ages of 19 and 31 and a glance through
my correspondence shows that many women over 31 are quite keen for it!”
At the County Tribunal
of Tuesday, 7 May, the exemptions in
force for Ernest Burton, foreman clicker, and Lewis Groome, sole cutter, both
employed by J J Peck Ltd, Stanwick, were put forward to 31 July in order to
come in line with the other shoe cases. Mr J C Wilson, Kettering
represented the employers.
The Local Tribunal met again on Thursday evening, 9 May; present were Messrs A Camozzi
(in the chair), E Batchelor, JP, W Agutter,
W Asbery, J Hodson, W F Corby (clerk), and J
Shelmerdine, JP (National Service representative).
The following appeals were on personal grounds: C Holyoaks,
42, married, six children, Grade 2, shoehand; Thomas Clarkson, 40, widower,
three children, shoehand; William Arnold, 41, married, wife suffering from
chronic rheumatism, and a son suffering from tuberculosis, three brothers in
the Army, shoehand; F Bass, 38, married, shoehand, daughter suffering from a
disease of the spine, and has to be conveyed to the hospital; Thomas Coles, 42,
married, ten children; Alfred Burton, 32, married, nine children, Grade 2;
George Betts, 38, married, eight children, shoehand; R J Tansley, 28, married,
C1, wife has been ill for fourteen months with tuberculosis and now confined to
her bed; Thomas Smith, 39, married, three children, shoehand, five brothers
serving, one recently killed, and one discharged; exemption in each case to the
31st of July, to put them into line with the other boot factory
Other cases: Harry Burton, married, 42, B1, baker and bread
deliverer; Frederick Pentelow, married, 41, C1, manager of grocery and
provisions department; and John George Winsor, married, 38, B1, manager of
outfitting and drapery department, were appealed for by the Raunds Distributive
Co-operative Society, and were granted exemption to 31 July.
J Percival Bates, married, 36, shoehand and smallholder, one
month (final); George Arnett, shoehand, 18, single, father invalid, and his
other brother serving, appeal dismissed, but not to be called up until 1 June;
Harold York, married, 31, C2, and John Thomas Bridge, 38 married, both
blacksmiths, were granted exemption to 30 September.
C F Collier, married, 29, Grade 3, butcher and slaughterman,
was appealed for by his employer, and exemption granted to September 30th;
J Purser Archer, 42, married, B1, organist and teacher of music, July 31st;
William E Eady, 38, married, farmer and baker, exemption to September 30th;
William Lovell, general labourer and gardener, 40, widower, with four young
girls, and the sole support of his sister who keeps his house, September 30th.
H A Sanders, 36, married, B3, watchmaker and jeweller, and R
G Hasseldine, 36, married, B2, butcher and grazier, were granted exemption to
July 31st; Albert Richardson, 37, married, Grade 3, groom and
vanman, was appealed for by Messrs Palmer’s Stores, and exemption granted to
September 30th; Ernest Putt, hairdresser and tobacconist, 29,
married, C1, application adjourned for a month to be graded.
Finally, the Clerk to the Tribunal appealed for his clerk,
Fred Corby, 38, married. In view of the great increase of public duties
devolving upon his office temporary and conditional exemption to September 30th
At the County Tribunal
on Tuesday, 14 May, Percy F Rushton,
37, married, Grade 2, clerk to the Northants Union Bank, Thrapston, was
appealed for by his employer. Mr F H Thornton said that Mr Rushton was
practically the manager of the Raunds branch. Apart from the manager at
Thrapston he was the only skilled man there. Three months open exemption was
The following Thursday, 23
May, at Northampton, Ewart A
Warth, 19, single, Class A, tractor driver of Raunds, was also granted three
months open exemption.
And at the final County
Tribunal of the month, on Friday, 31 May, James P Bates, 36, married,
Class A, employed at Raunds on Admiralty boots, was represented by Mr A J
Darnell, who asked that “a little extra should be given”; exemption to 1 July
(final) was granted. Also appealing was Walter H Millard, 18, single, of
Raunds, tractor driver. Mr J Prentice asked for a renewal in his case and six
months exemption, conditional on him remaining in agricultural work, was
A meeting of the Raunds Local Tribunal was held at the Council
School on Thursday, 13 June, with Mr A Camozzi in the chair
owing to the continued absence of Mr John Adams. It was said that this absence
was due to the raising of the military age to 51 and the Clerk was instructed
to write to Mr Adams and ask his intentions, the members considering it to be
hardly fair when some of their own members’ appeals were being heard and that
the Tribunal should be without his guidance.
Mr W Denton, farmer, appealed for his horsekeeper, Frederick
Webb, and his general labourer, Walter Webb. Both were referred to the War
Agricultural Committee. Mr J R Hasseldine, farmer, appealed for his horsekeeper
and general farm labourer, the only man he employed; this too was referred to
the War Agricultural Committee.
An appeal on behalf of Arthur Rooksby was before the
Tribunal. It was reported that Rooksby had joined up, and the application was
dismissed. Harry Webb and Charles Phillips, shoehands, were given exemption to
July 31st, to come into line with the other boot factory cases. A R
J Beaumand, superintendent of the Cottage Homes, Edward Beale, steward of the
Conservative Club, Ernest Atkins, hairdresser and tobacconist, and L T S Sharp,
traveller and commission agent, were granted temporary exemption to August 31st.
Horace Turnhill, pork butcher; Charles Titchmarsh, factory
hand; Joseph G Beach, builder and contractor; Ralph Lawrence, manager and
secretary to the Distributive Co-operative Society; Walter Pendered, innkeeper
and shoehand; George Shaw, basket maker; and John T Pettitt, smallholder and
secretary to the Free Gardeners’ Friendly Society, were given exemption to
Finally, the appeals of two of the members of the Tribunal
On Friday, 14 June,
it was announced by the National Service Ministry that notices would be served
for the medical grading of all men of 49, 50 and 51 with a view to them being
called up for military service.
And on Friday, 21
June, under an order made by the Director General of National Service, all
exemptions to Grade 1 or Category A men in the Shoe Trade, born on or after the
following years stated were withdrawn:
Firemen and headwarehousemen, 1885; sole cutters and rough
rounders, 1883; clickers, pullers over, lasting machine operators, Blakie
sewers, heel and edge trimmers, and edge cutters, 1880; carters and lorrymen
(horse or power), 1885; all other classes of workmen in the boot trade, 1875.
The next Local Tribunal was held in the Council
School on Thursday, 11 July.
The resolution passed by the Kettering Tribunal protesting
against the retention of younger men in protected occupations whilst men up to
50 years of age are being passed into the Army was read. On the proposal of Mr
Hodson, seconded by Mr Batchelor, it was unanimously decided to pass a similar
resolution, and that copies be sent to the Prime Minister, and the Minister of National
A letter was read from the local branch of the Boot
Operatives Union enclosing the resolution passed at their monthly meeting held
on July 9th, 1918, protesting against any further demand being made
for men for military service from the boot trade as long as young single men on
the land and older married agricultural workers are compelled to join the Army.
On the proposition of Mr Batchelor, seconded by Mr Hodson, the Tribunal adopted
a similar resolution.
A letter was read from the Assistant Director of National
Service asking the Tribunal to impose the Volunteer condition where exemption
was granted if there was a Volunteer Corps within a reasonable distance.
The following case was before the Tribunal for
consideration: Thomas William Gardiner, Grade 1, formerly C1, 24, married,
edge-setter. Mr Dulley, National Service representative, said that men under 30
in the boot trade in Grades 1 and 2 were to be given up – one month (final) was
The next fifteen cases were personal appeals of men who had
been decertified by the recent order, and were as follows: Fred Smith, 34,
married, three children, Grade1, rounder and stitching operator, seven brothers
had joined up, two had been killed, one discharged, four now serving, four of
his wife’s brothers had joined up, one had been killed, his wife was in
ill-health – granted three months (open) exemption.
Joseph William Attley, 35, married, Grade 1, August 31st
(final); Arthur Copperwheat, Grade 1, 35, married, two children, asked for short
time, two months (final); James S Allen, 36, married, three children, Grade 1,
helps to support widowed mother and sister who is ill, lost four brothers from
consumption, and another brother unable to work, suffering from tuberculosis,
two months (open).
James H Pound, 38, married, three children, Grade 1, three
months (final); Thomas Marlow, 38, married, Grade 1, three months (final);
Herbert J Richardson, 38, married, ten children, eldest son joined up on
Tuesday, ten poles of allotment, three months (open); John Hardwick, 39,
married, eight children, A, 60 poles of allotment, asked to be graded, two
months granted, and, if passed in same Grade, a further appeal would be
dismissed. Fred J Fox, 39, widower, five children, mother, 80 years of age,
looks after his home, three months (open).
Charles William Abbott, A, 40, married, six children, 17
poles of allotment, asked to be graded, three months granted, and, if passed in
same grade, a further appeal would be dismissed; Fred Coggins, 40, married,
eight children, Grade 2, 30 poles of allotment, and also helps to cultivate
three neighbours’ allotments who were on service. This was considered to be
work of national importance, and three months’ open exemption was granted;
Ernest Felce, 41, married, seven children, Grade 2, was also exempted for a
Fred Stubbs, 41, married, A, three months, and to be graded
in the meantime, and, if passed in the same grade, a further appeal would be
dismissed; Frank Kirk, 42, A, Married, five sons, 15 poles of allotment, asked
to be graded. Three months granted and to be re-examined, and, if in the same
grade, a further appeal would be dismissed; John Smith, 38, married, Grade 2,
two children, seven brothers had joined up, brother to a previous applicant, three
Herbert Bailey, Grade 1, 41, married, wife’s mother lives
with him and wholly dependent upon him, two months (final). There was some
doubt about the work that the above was employed at, and that he ought not to
have been decertified. Mr Batchelor thought the local Tribunal should have the
final decision with regards to local conditions and circumstances.
There were eight appeals of men called up under the new
Military Service Act, all Grade 2, as follows: John Tanner, 47, married, organ
builder and tuner; William Peck, 50, married, farmer and carter; George Groom,
47, married, farmer and carter; C D Bailey, 46, married, innkeeper and
bootmaker; Thomas Nunley, 47, married, tailor; William Cunnington, 48, married
clerk; Albert Camozzi, 46, married, grocery and drapery stores manager; and
Walter Asbery, 46, married, cabinet maker. Exemption in each case was granted
to October 30th (open).
The Clerk reported that the military had asked for the
review of ten certificates, and it was decided to hold another meeting that day
At the Raunds Tribunal on Thursday, 25 July, the first ten cases heard were for the review of
certificates asked for by the National Service representative as follows:
Fred Sanders, 31, married, Grade 2, conditional exemption
altered to two months (open); A T Chapman, 26, single, Grade 2, it was stated
that this man was away at present for his health, and that he had been finally
rejected, case adjourned; J Chambers, 42, married, Grade 2, conditional
exemption altered to three months (open); F W Warner, 41, married, Grade 3,
application dismissed; Ernest Whitney, 38, married, Grade 3, application
dismissed; Mark Richards, 39, married, Grade 1, formerly C1, adjourned for a
month to be re-examined in the meantime.
J E Vickers, 40, married, Grade 2, conditional exemption
altered to three months (open); E B Mayes, 37, married, Grade 2, a certificate
was handed in from the doctor saying that he was attending him for heart disease
and that he was unable to attend, conditional exemption altered to three months
(open), the man to be re-graded when able to attend for examination; J J
Dudley, 33, single Grade 3, application dismissed; John Sanders, 38, married,
C1, application adjourned for the man to be graded.
The Co-operative Society appealed for three of their
employees: Fred Pentelow, 41, married, Grade 2; J G Winsor, 38, married Grade
3; and H Burton, married, 42, Grade 3; three months’ open exemption in each
The following appealed on personal grounds: Charles Holyoak,
42, married, Grade 2, ten children, eldest serving in France; William A Arnold,
41, married Grade 2, wife suffered with chronic rheumatism and a son suffering
from tuberculosis, three brothers serving, one a prisoner of war with eight
children; Charles Phillips, 42, married, Grade 2, five children, 50 poles
allotment; Harry Webb, 36, married, Grade 2, three brothers had joined up , one
killed left eight children, the other two were in hospital; Thomas Clarkson,
40, widower, Grade 3, three children; R G Haseldine, 37, married, Grade 3,
butcher and grazier; three months’ open exemption in each case.
Thomas Smith, 40, married, Grade 1, seven brothers had
joined up, two had been killed, one discharged. He had a small holding and kept
pigs and poultry, two months (open); R J Tansley, 28, widower, Grade 2, wife
recently died, exemption granted to 31 August (open); Fred Bass, 39, married,
A, with an invalid daughter, also one acre of allotment, and cultivating
another acre for his neighbour, who was serving, two months (open).
George Betts, 39, married, Grade 1, eight children, 30 poles
allotment, two months (open); H A Sanders, 37, married, Grade 1, adjourned for
a month pending his appeal before the Medical Assessors; and finally, J P
Archer, 42, married, B1, adjourned for a month for him to be graded.
The next reported town Tribunal was held on Thursday, 29 August, and the following
applications for review of certificates by the National Service representatives
were considered: A T Chapman, single, 26, this man did not appear, and the
conditional exemption was withdrawn.
Alfred Woolston, married, 26, Grade 2, Mr Dulley (National
Service representative) asked for this man to go into the Army, as he was a
Grade 2 man and only 26 years of age. Woolston said that he had rheumatic
fever, and it affected his heart, he asked if he could have another examination
as he was not satisfied with the last. Major Boyce (National Service
representative) said that he would arrange it, and the case was adjourned.
John V Spicer, sawyer and wood-working machinist, 36, Grade
2, married, conditional exemption altered to three months; Mark Richards,
adjourned for further medical examination; John Sanders, 38, married, Grade 3,
tailor and outfitter, temporary exemption for six months.
The following applications for further exemption were
considered: Ernest Putt, hairdresser and tobacconist, application struck out,
applicant having been finally rejected; Robert J Tansley, Grade 2, 28, widower, applicant
asked for time to clear up his affairs, application dismissed, not to be called
up until Sept 30th; Frederick J Whitney, 33, married, Grade 2, heel
attacher, personal appeal dismissed; Frederick Gates, 33, married Grade 1, this
application was out of order, and therefore the case was dismissed.
Thomas Coles, 42, married, with ten children, applicant had
not been graded, and the case was adjourned until after examination; Edward
Beale, 43, married, Grade 2, gardener and steward at the Conservative Club,
three months; H A Sanders, 37, married, Grade 1, watchmaker, jeweller, and
optician, one-man business, three months; J P Archer, 42, Grade 2, married,
organist and teacher of music, the military representative thought applicant should
be doing work of national importance, and he was given exemption for two
months, to find such work in the meantime.
A R J Beamand, married, 43, Grade 3, superintendent of the
Children’s Home, was given six months’ exemption; L T S Sharp, 44, married,
Grade 2, traveller for a firm of leather merchants, part time working on the
land, was given six months’ exemption, and to continue working on the land
three days a week; and finally, Ernest A Atkins, 24, Grade 3, single,
hairdresser and tobacconist, one-man business, six months’ exemption.
The town Tribunal next met on Thursday, 12 September, with Mr A Camozzi in the chair, supported by Messrs W
Agutter, W Asbery, and E Batchelor, JP, together with Mr W F Corby (clerk) and
Captain H Dulley (National Service representative).
The following applications for review of certificate by the
National Service representative were considered: Alfred Woolston, married, 26,
Grade 2. This case had been adjourned from the previous meeting to allow of a
further medical examination. As the man had again been placed in Grade 2 the
conditional exemption was withdrawn, the military authorities being asked not
to call him up for one month.
Mark Richards, married, 39, Grade 1, conditional exemption
withdrawn and three months’ temporary given; Harry William Lawrence, manager of
boot factory, married, 41, Grade 1, application dismissed as he held no
certificate from the Raunds Tribunal.
The following applications for further exemption were then
considered: Charles Abbott, 43, married, laster; Walter Smith, 43, married,
laster; John Henry Young, 43, married, finisher; each was given six months’
John Hardwick, 39, Grade 2, married, was given temporary
exemption for three months; James S Allen, 36, Grade 1, married, was adjourned
for a further medical examination; Frank Kirk, 42, married, Grade 2, laster on
sea boots (employer’s appeal), three months; Frederick Harrision Carter, 41,
married, Grade 2, six months; and finally, Thomas Coles, 42, married, sole
cutter, adjourned for grading.
What was to prove to be the penultimate meeting of the
Raunds Tribunal took place on the evening of Thursday, 10 October, when the National Service representative appealed in
the case of Joseph Watts, currier, 46, from conditional exemption, and six
months’ open exemption was granted.
Two cases had been adjourned from the last meeting for
grading: James S Allen, 36, married, Grade 1, was given two months’ exemption;
and Thomas Coles, 42, married, sole cutter, was granted six months’ exemption.
Fred J Fox, 39, widower, five children, Grade 1, exemption
granted for two months. John Smith, married, 38, Grade 2, hand sewer; Fred
Coggins, married, 40, nine children, Grade 2; E H Felce, married, 41, Grade 2;
C W Abbott, married, 41, Grade 2; Fred J Bass, married, 39; Fred Sanders,
married, 32, Grade 2; W Lovell, widower, 41, Grade 2; H York, married, 33,
Grade 3; J Mumford, single, 35, Grade 3; H Turnhill, married, 33, Grade 3; A
Richardson, married, Grade 3; William Peck, married, farmer and contractor, 50,
Grade 2; C Titchmarsh, married, 40, Grade 2; G Shaw, married, 46, Grade 1; J G
Beach, married, builder and contractor, 46; A Camozzi, married, 45, grocer’s
manager (and Tribunal Chairman!); and
F A Corby, married, 38, Grade 2, were all granted exemption for six months.
Fred Smith, married, 35, Grade 1; G Betts, married, 39,
Grade 1; J H Richardson, married, 40, Grade 1; and Thomas Smith, married, 40,
Grade 1, were given three months’ exemption.
Finally, F C Collier, butcher and slaughterer, was exempted
one month, the case in the meantime to be considered by the County Food
The final reported County Tribunal involving a Raunds man
was held on Friday, 8 November, when
Arthur Gaunt, 39, Grade 3, boot repairer, represented by Mr Prentice, was
granted six months exemption.
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The arduous duties of the Raunds Local Appeals Tribunal drew
to a happy close on Thursday evening, 14
November, 1918, when Messrs A Camozzi (in the chair), W Agutter, J Hodson,
W Asbery, J Shelmerdine, J.P. (National Service representative) and W F Corby
(clerk) met in the Council School for the last time.
The Clerk read a letter from the President of the Local
Government Board saying that all cases pending before Tribunals should be
suspended. The National Service representative said that he had received
Mr Shelmerdine then thanked the members for the fair and
considerate way in which the Tribunal had dealt with the cases. It was
unpopular work, but they had carried out their duties in a very fair and
The Chairman said that it was a happy ending. They had had a
difficult and not pleasant duty to perform, but they had tried to do their duty
to the nation and to the applicants. He thanked the members for the way they
had helped him, and also the National Service representatives (Mr Shelmerdine
and Captain Dulley) for their assistance in carrying out their duties.
Mr Hodson moved a vote of thanks to Mr Camozzi for the fair
manner in which he had carried out the duties of chairman. Mr Agutter seconded,
and Mr Asbery and Mr Shelmerdine supported. Mr Camozzi, in responding, said
that it had cost him the most worry of any duty he had to carry out since he
had taken part in the public life of the town. He had tried to do his best to
give satisfaction, and hoped that this would be the last time they would sit as
Mr Camozzi then moved a vote of thanks to their clerk, who
always came to the meetings prepared for the business. It was a great help to a
chairman to be associated with a clerk of Mr Corby’s ability. Mr Shelmerdine,
in seconding, spoke of the skill and ability with which the clerk carried out
his duties. Mr Corby, in acknowledging the vote, said that it was the most
unpleasant duty he had had to perform. He thought their Tribunal one of the
most fair and considerate in the country, and referred to the good feeling
between the Tribunal and the National Service representatives.
The applicants then entered the room together, the Chairman
informing them that all cases were suspended indefinitely. He felt relieved
that they had got to the end of that work.
THUS ENDED THE ACTIVITIES OF THE RAUNDS LOCAL APPEALS