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Introduction

James McDermott

in British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084775
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084775.003.0001
Introduction

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This book provides a discrete analysis of Military Service Tribunals. The Appeals Tribunal files and supplementary material, now held at Northampton Record Office, constituted the principal primary sources for this book. The book explores the character, functions and developing policies of the county's Tribunals generally, and of the Appeals body in particular. It then investigates how the idiosyncrasies impacted upon the consideration of cases, and, in consequence, upon local Tribunals' relationships with the Appeals body, in whose hands laid responsibility for the correction of aberrant decisions. ‘Sovereignty’ is the unifying theme of this book. Its expression within the Tribunal process evaluates the interplay of government intention, the practical application of legislation and the Tribunals' appreciation of their relative responsibilities to nation and community.

Keywords: Military Service Tribunals; Appeals Tribunal files; Northampton Record Office; sovereignty; legislation; nation; community

Chapter.  4024 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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