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Hatton

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Hello,

How can I find out why my Gt. Grandfather didnt join the war effort when he was 22 in 1914, I suspect it may have been health reasons but have no evidence, he was a very tall man in his day at 6'4.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Hatton

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Presumably, even if he was not keen to join up, he would have been liable for conscription from 1916 onwards.

Unless you have specific info, you can only speculate that he was either not medically fit in some way (height alone would not automatically mean a man would qualify); or he was in a reserved occupation - some skilled or specialist work involving the war effort. What was his profession? Was he a policeman?

Do you know for sure that he did not serve at all?

Ian

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Presumably, even if he was not keen to join up, he would have been liable for conscription from 1916 onwards.

Unless you have specific info, you can only speculate that he was either not medically fit in some way (height alone would not automatically mean a man would qualify); or he was in a reserved occupation - some skilled or specialist work involving the war effort. What was his profession? Was he a policeman?

Do you know for sure that he did not serve at all?

Ian

Hi Ian

Thats where I am getting lost, there is no suggestion that he served and no medal index record that I can find, I know that in 1916 he was a factory worker at the Humber works in Coventry from photographic evidence, he would have worked with munitions or vehical production during the war.

Do you know if there would be a record if he was exempt from conscription?

Thanks

H

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It's unlikely he would have been exempt, so I would lean towards a medical reason; vision, dental; flat feet (yes, this was a reason for soldiers being refused).

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