HC Deb 25 May 1916 vol 82 cc2302-3W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the four sons of G. S. Dunn, hat manufacturer, of Stockport, named, respectively, Randolph, Clifford, Howard, and Lloyd, have secured exemption from the Hertfordshire Tribunal from military service as conscientious objectors; whether he is aware that at the hearing of their appeal Mr. Frampton, a barrister, who appealed on their behalf, stated that his clients would refuse to kill rats or mice even if they attacked their crops and that if they saw a cat killing a rat they would try and prevent it; if he will state whether the military authorities intend to appeal against the decison of the tribunal; and if he has now received a report on the matter?


As my hon. Friend mentioned Stockport, the well-known town in Lancashire, the letter asking for a report was sent to the Western Command, but it appears that no hat maker of the name of Dunn is known in or about the town of Stockport. An attempt is now being made to get on the right scent, and an inquiry will be made of the Eastern Command, within which the county of Hertford lies.