HC Deb 15 May 1918 vol 106 cc339-40

asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware that Herbert Horace Edwards, of 58, Milton Park, Highgate, aged twenty-nine, the only son and sole support of his widowed mother, has received a calling-up notice to take effect on the 14th May; that he was given non-combatant service by the House of Commons tribunal in June, 1917, that a calling-up notice served in December, 1917, was suspended owing to the death of his father in the previous July, and that he omitted to appeal until too late; and whether, in view of the urgency of the case, permission will be given this man to apply to a tribunal for exemption on the ground of exceptional domestic hardship?


The case of H. H. Edwards was decided by the London Appeal Tribunal in June, 1917, but, owing to the death of his father, no calling-up notice was issued to him until December, 1917. Subsequently his mother, Mrs. Edwards, applied for a, re-hearing of the case. This application was refused, and a calling-up notice has now been issued, which took effect yesterday. It will be noted that this man has been aware of his liability to service ever since his appeal to the tribunal nearly a year ago. The case cannot again be re-opened.