Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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THE Military Service Tribunal held its third public sitting at the Technical Institute on Tuesday evening.

THE Military Service Tribunal held its third public sitting at the Technical Institute on Tuesday evening. The Mayor (Councillor Luker) presided and Sir Robert Hermon-Hodge was also present as military representative. Thomas Bennett, fruit and vegetable grower, of Kidmore End, applied for exemption on the grounds that he was mainly responsible for keeping the home together. He had two brothers in the army and he himself worked in the peacheries. The chairman said “I think we might go one year without peaches” and the application was refused. Stanley R Poulton, dairy farmer, of Pishill, claimed exemption on the ground that he was indispensable to the business. He produced and delivered his own milk, reared calves and pigs and had to do practically all the work himself. His father was an invalid and his brother had been in the doctor’s hands nearly all his life. The tribunal deferred its decision pending an interview with the applicant’s father and brother. Albert Woodward, of Watlington, who said that he farmed 49 acres of land in partnership with another man, applied for exemption on the grounds that his services were essential to the carrying on of the farm. He milked the cows and could not get anyone else to do the work.





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