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The first Local Tribunal of 1918 met on Thursday, 10 January, when the following appeals were considered:  

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 April.  

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 Production Department.  

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 March.  

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 adjourned.  

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) were reviewed.

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 July (open).  

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 cases.  

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 was granted.        

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 granted.  

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 granted.

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 September 30th.   Finally, the appeals of two of the members of the Tribunal were adjourned.  

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 Service.  

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 granted.  

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 similar period.  

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 months (open).  

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 fortnight.                 

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 case granted.  

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’ conditional exemption.  

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 Distribution Officer.  

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 similar instructions.  

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 satisfactory manner.  

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 a Tribunal.  

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.  


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