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WW1 Conscription Tribunals

Thanks to financial support from the Federation of Family History Societies, the digitised records of over 8,000 individuals seeking exemption from conscription into the Army in Middlesex during the First World War are now available online. They can be searched by name, occupation and/or place of residence.

Most men rested their case on medical, family or economic grounds. Of the 11,307 separate appeals heard between 1916 and 1918, only 577 were conscientious objection cases. The majority of the cases that had been determined by the end of the War were dismissed.

The conscription tribunal records are from the Central Military Service Tribunal and Middlesex Appeal Tribunal. They provide a host of human interest stories of great interest to family historians and the wider public.

Support from the Federation has helped to turn this formerly poorly catalogued and under-used collection into a key resource for family historians.

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