HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 c1282
35. Mr. R. LAMBERT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that J. W. Cotton, No. 67455, 3rd Platoon, 7th Labour Company, Durham Light Infantry, British Expeditionary Force, France, who received a notification from the Board of Agriculture that he was exempt from military service, was called up on 26th February, and, although classified only as C 2, was taken to France in a labour battalion; and whether, seeing that his certificate of exemption from the Board of Agriculture had not been withdrawn, such action was in order?


No certificates of exemption from military service are issued to men employed in agriculture by the Board of Agriculture, as the grant of exemptions is the function of the tribunals. Inquiries will be made into the circumstances of this case, and the result will be communicated to my hon. Friend. These inquiries would be facilitated if Cotton's home address can be furnished. If a man not of Category A who was employed whole time in agriculture was posted on the date given, it would seem that some mistake has been made.