Troops travelling to Manchester for review, 1915 (catalogue reference: RAIL 343/753)

30 January 2014

14:00-15:00

On the introduction of conscription in 1916, military service tribunals were set up to hear applications and appeals for exemption. Surviving material is fragmented but two complete sets of tribunal papers were retained, including those for the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal. Chris Barnes and David Langrish will provide an overview of The National Archives' project to digitise these records. They will highlight the insights they provide on the effect of war on society at home, and on the lives of individuals appealing for exemption, and their families and communities.

Chris Barnes joined The National Archives in 2010 and is a Records Specialist in Modern Domestic history. His research interests include law and order, disease and local politics.

David Langrish also joined The National Archives in 2010 and is a Reader Advisor in the Military, Maritime, Transport and Family History team. David has a keen interest in military related topics and in 2009 gained a degree in War Studies from the University of Kent.

This talk forms part of The National Archives' Diversity Week.

Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.

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