WW1 tri­bunal records hit the web

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A tranche of First World War mil­i­tary tri­bunal records has been up­loaded to scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk.

Re­leased in Novem­ber, the digi­tised doc­u­ments in­clude de­tails of 6,000 Scot­tish men who ap­plied for ex­emp­tion from mil­i­tary ser­vice af­ter con­scrip­tion was in­tro­duced in 1916.

As well as name and ad­dress, the doc­u­ments also pro­vide notes on why ex­emp­tion was sought – of­ten as a re­sult of fam­ily hard­ship or ill health. In the lat­ter in­stance, the files some­times in­clude med­i­cal di­a­grams, as in the case of Her­bert Wil­son (shown above).

It was ini­tially thought that only the tri­bunal records from Ed­in­burgh, the Loth­i­ans and the Bor­ders were still in ex­is­tence, hav­ing been kept as a sam­ple when the other pa­pers were de­stroyed on Govern­ment or­ders in 1921.

How­ever, records from the Ross, Cro­marty and Suther­land Ap­peal Tri­bunal sur­vived by ac­ci­dent and are also in­cluded in the web re­lease.

“We are priv­i­leged to be com­mem­o­rat­ing the First World War cen­te­nary by mak­ing this spe­cial se­ries of records avail­able,” said Tim El­lis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Records of Scot­land. “The doc­u­ments will be in­valu­able to fam­ily his­to­ri­ans re­search­ing their an­ces­tors.”

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