HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 cc1295-6W

asked why Thomas Moran, who left his home at Park, county Mayo, about four months ago to do temporary work in England, was recently arrested under the Military Service Acts at Wrexham; what decision has been given in his case; and whether Moran will be permitted forthwith to return to his home in Ireland?


I am informed that Thomas Moran has been resident in Great Britain since the 5th June, 1916, to the present time, with the exception of one month from the 4th November to the 15th December, when he returned to Ireland. During the time he has been resident in Great Britain he has been employed as a shop assistant by Mr. E. B. Jones, of Market Street, Holyhead. He was called up for military service in the ordinary way, and the recruiting officer was instructed that in the event of his failing to comply with the notice calling him up for service Moran was to be given every opportunity of having the question of his liability for military service decided by a Civil Court. Moran reported for military service in accordance with the calling-up notice, and after he had been posted at Wrexham he raised the question that he was not liable for military service on the ground that he was ordinarily resident in Ireland, and refused to submit himself for medical examination. Moran was then given the option of having his calling-up notice cancelled and going before a Civil Court at Wrexham in order that the question of his liability for military service might be decided, but he refused to take advantage of this offer, and is now liable to be dealt with as a soldier who has refused to obey military orders.