WW1 tribunal records hit the web
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.”