STORIES of a conscientious objector and baker deemed essential to food provision are just two included in a collection of appeal tribunals against conscription in the First World War.
All military appeal tribunal records across the country were ordered to be destroyed after the war – but an oversight meant those in Staffordshire survived. Now, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service will be opening up access to the records.
The service has received £37,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to start the project in September.
Staffordshire Appeals: Opening access to Staffordshire's Great War local military and appeal tribunals will be looking for volunteers in autumn to help go through more than 20,000 records.