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'''Military Service Tribunals''' were bodies formed by borough, [[Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland)|urban district]] and [[rural district]] councils to hear applications for exemption from [[conscription]] into the [[British Army]] during [[World War I]]. Although not strictly [[Recruitment to the British Army during the First World War|recruiting]] bodies, they played an important part in the process of conscription. Tribunals were established as part of the [[Derby Scheme]] in 1915, but were continued on a statutory basis by the [[Military Service Act 1916|Military Service Act]], bringing in conscription.
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'''Military Service Tribunals''' were bodies formed by [[borough]], [[Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland)|urban district]] and [[rural district]] councils to hear applications for exemption from [[conscription]] into the [[British Army]] during [[World War I]]. Although not strictly [[Recruitment to the British Army during the First World War|recruiting]] bodies, they played an important part in the process of conscription. Tribunals were established as part of the [[Derby Scheme]] in 1915, but were continued on a statutory basis by the [[Military Service Act 1916|Military Service Act]], bringing in conscription.
   
 
There were 2,086 local Military Service Tribunals, with 83 County Appeal Tribunals (formed by county councils) to hear appeals by applicants not happy with the local tribunal decision.<ref>UK Parliamentary Paper, Cmd 413, 'Forty-eighth annual report of the [[Local Government Board]]' (1919), p. 116.</ref> A Central Tribunal at Westminster in London served, solely at the discretion of the Appeals Tribunal,<ref>James McDermott, British Military service Tribunals, p.22</ref> as the final court of appeal;it largely dealt with difficult cases that would stand as precedent for local tribunals.
 
There were 2,086 local Military Service Tribunals, with 83 County Appeal Tribunals (formed by county councils) to hear appeals by applicants not happy with the local tribunal decision.<ref>UK Parliamentary Paper, Cmd 413, 'Forty-eighth annual report of the [[Local Government Board]]' (1919), p. 116.</ref> A Central Tribunal at Westminster in London served, solely at the discretion of the Appeals Tribunal,<ref>James McDermott, British Military service Tribunals, p.22</ref> as the final court of appeal;it largely dealt with difficult cases that would stand as precedent for local tribunals.

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