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ReferenceSPUW/10
TitleWhitehaven Rural District Local Tribunal for Exemption from Military Service
Date1915-1916
ContextThe tribunal was formally convened by the Rural District Council on 10th February 1916. The chairman was Mr William John Dalzell Burnyeat until his resignation due to ill health on 28th March 1916 (he died a few weeks later). Mr J W Hartley was then Chairman for the remainder of the war. The Military Representative throughout was Colonel Lowthorpe Lutwidge.

However it had first met on 2nd December 1915 and heard its first cases on 13th January 1916. There are brief details of the cases heard at that meeting, and the meetings of 28th January and 10th February 1916. Thereafter the decisions were recorded in a separate Register which has not survived. Although the hearings were reported, the Whitehaven News anonymised the cases. This was also done for the Whitehaven Urban, the Arlecdon and Frizington, the Egremont and the Cleator Moor Tribunals, so there is no way of knowing the names of those who appeared at any of these tribunals.

The Whitehaven Rural Tribunal met on 49 occasions after it had been formally convened.

These were February 22nd and 29th, March 7th, 10th, 14th, 21st, 28th, May 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, June 6th, 9th, 20th and 27th, August 17th and 31st, September 12th, October 19th, November 9th and December 14th 1916.
February 1st, March 1st and 20th, May 3rd and 16th, June 21st, July 12th, August 2nd, September 20th, October 25th, November 8th and December 13th 1917
February 28th, April 4th and 25th, May 16th, June 6th and 27th, July 18th, August 15th and September 26th 1918.
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