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Rare war files to be available

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

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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.

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